Here’s How History’s Smartest People Started Their Days

It’s no big announcement to say that creative people march to the beat of their own drum. After all, the idea of being creative means to think outside of the norm and to abandon convention.

That approach applies not only to the art of creative people, but also to how they live their lives. Podio recently released an infographic that depicts how some of the word’s most creative people throughout history spent their days.

The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People

The chart includes such creative minds as Pablo Picasso, Mozart, Maya Angelou, and Benjamin Franklin, amid many others. Data gleaned from journals, diaries, letters, and other literature was consulted to create the chart, which may not be an exact match with how every day was spent but it does give an idea of what might have happened on any given day.

To get a real taste of what the days were like, the chart was made to be interactive so that you can highlight specific details of the daily routines. The charts also feature quotes from each individual, and provides information on when they would sleep, eat, work, and exercise.

Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals provides the basis for the chart. In his book, Currey explores the daily habits of 161 inspiring creative minds, including novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians. Each had their own approach to conquering each day. Some stayed up late, while others arose early.

Naps and daily walks played into the practices as well. Some required a little help, just as Jean-Paul Sartre who chewed on Corydrane tablets (a mix of amphetamine and aspirin), while other like Descartes would stay in bed so that their minds could explore their creative thoughts. While every approach is unique, there are still practices that anyone can adopt as their own. You just have to figure out what works for you.

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