Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

  1. Studying some of the most prolific people in history to glean some of their patterns and daily routines to perhaps adopt into your own life
Key Takeaways
  1. “Sooner or later, the great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute. It is very depressing.” – Pritchett
    1. Currey dispels this notion and gives examples of some great minds who were renowned procrastinators, full of self-doubt and prone to torturous blocks and insecurity
  2. “Inspiration is for amateurs” – Chuck Close
  3. “I think in the cracks all the time. I never stop.” – Woody Allen
  4. “I certainly have a routine, but the most important thing, when I look back over my career, has been the ability to change routines.” – Anne Rice
  5. Maria Popova at BrainPickings put together a great visual of many of these artists routines, habits and productivity
What I got out of it
  1. It is interesting to note that there are some major trends but the details differ. Chunks of time between 3-4 hours with no distractions to do deep work (whether morning or night) and addictions of some sort seem prevalent (coffee, food, women, drugs, etc.).