INFOGRAPHIC: Creative Routines

Daily Rituals by Mason Currey

Daily Rituals by Mason Currey

“How do creatives – composers, painters, writers, scientists, philosophers – find the time to produce their opus? Mason Currey investigated the rigid Daily Rituals that hundreds of creatives practiced in order to carve out time, every day, to work their craft. Some kept to the same disciplined regimen for decades while others locked in patterns only while working on specific works.” -RJ Andrews, Info We Trust

RJ Andrews from Info We Trust created a fantastic infographic from the data in Curry’s book which visualizes the lifestyles of creatives such as:

o-BEETHOVEN-900Gustave Flaubert
Ludwig Van Beethoven
W.A. Mozart
Thomas Mann
Sigmund Freud
Immanuel Kant
Maya Angelou
John Milton
Honore de Balzac
Victor Hugo
Charles Dickens
W.H. Auden
Charles Darwin
P.I. Tchaikovsky
Le Corbusier
Benjamin Franklin

Around each portrait is a circle representing one day (a 24 hour time cycle), and major activities are shown on the “clock” in various colored categories.

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It is truly fascinating to compare the routines and examine these very different lifestyles that formed the bedrock of such important advances in human culture. Copying an artists’ day exactly will not result in a similar creative output; more than anything, it seems to be a confirmation that…
(a) Everyone is different. There’s no magical mean of living life that will cut out the hard work and the hurt in life. So we’ll all just have to suck it up and bumble our way into a routine that suits us. Don’t rely on the past to save you–find your own footing.
(b) They were all a little weird. It’s fine if you are too.

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