People say that creative brains are inherently different than the average brain. This affects their routines. Famous creative people like Mozart, Beethoven, Picasso, Kant, Franklin, Murakami, etc. follow routines unique to their creative brains.
They might not look like the routines we recognize today, but they are still routines. A few years ago, Mason Currey wrote a book called Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. This book analyzed 161 daily rituals utilizing materials available.
Podio was used to make this research an interactive chart that lets you explore the divisions between sleep, creative work, day job/admin, food/leisure/exercise, and other rituals followed by these creative people.
It is possible that Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, and Picasso’s Guernica wouldn’t be here today if the artists hadn’t strayed from the average routine. While these practices might not be realistic for your daily life, we can learn something from them.
Text By Thomas Cox and Martha Kendall Custard