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Handy, when the daily routine doesn't get in the way of genius.

There's an article over on HuffPo today, Here's How The World's Most Brilliant People Scheduled Their Days. I had a fair idea of what was in store for me before I read it, but I was disappointed at the thoroughness of my, well, disappointment.

While the book upon which the article and accompanying infographic are based, Daily Rituals, contains a number of schedules for female artists, the infographic contains only one woman - Maya Angelou. Only three of the 16 mentioned in the article - Mozart, Kant and Flaubert - have time scheduled for 'making ends meet'. The rest apparently floated on air and composed/wrote/thought in a vacuum that required neither money nor familial duties. Although Maya Angelou has 7-11pm, 5 hours, scheduled for "Shower, prepare dinner." Which is either vague, or indicates a dedication to both showers and dinner I don't share.


I don't know. I haven't read Mason Currey's book and it looks like fun. And it's not a major secret that if you want to create artistic work, genius or otherwise, you need to have some serious discipline.

But now, as in olden days, the 'make ends meet' part is demanding and time-consuming. And looking at the nifty infographic, I feel like real life gets left out.


I once visited Goethe's home in Weimar, Germany. It's a remarkable place, and if you're ever in the neighbourhood, you should stop by and see it. But what struck me at the time was that Goethe had his own private sphere, a private wing with a separate entrance. He only allowed fellow thinkers to visit him there, and he sequestered himself from his family, who lived in the other wing. His long-term mistress and later wife, Christiane Vulpius, took care of the rest of life, social engagements, children, etc.

Having worked for years cramming my writing around school schedules, regular work and family logistics, it seemed like an absolute luxury to simply close your door to all that and enter a couple of rooms where you only allow the people and work to enter whom you have invited.

Illustration for article titled Handy, when the daily routine doesnt get in the way of genius.

I guess it would only be fair to read the book before complaining about its (mis)representation in an article and infographic, but everything about this rubbed me the wrong way, with one exception: The clear message that working creatively takes time, dedication and discipline.

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