The Creative Routines of the Geniuses

Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum, Portsmouth

Today we talk a lot about time management and what strategies we can implement to be more productive and efficient. Recently this has become a very hot topic as we lead busy lives and with the development of technologies, it has become more difficult to concentrate as it was 10 years ago.

However, being able to clarify your priorities and build an effective routine is not a New Age invention at all.

We can take invaluable advice and bulb moments from some of the most influential and renowned people of all time.

Have a glimpse at their creative routines and see if there are any ideas you might take on and carry out in your life:

The child-prodigy was completely and utterly devoted to his mission in life and private life or sleep were considered luxuries he didn’t spend too much time on.

1am – 6pm – Sleep – many people believe that we sleep much more than we need to and the generally claimed 7-9h sleep is not necessary to sustain health and productivity.

I personally find that if I work on a project which I’m really enthusiastic about, I can go with less sleep and not feeling tired about it.

On the other hand, they’re times when my body indicates that it needs more sleep and I try to listen to it. In fact, sleep deprivation is one of the issues of our time. My advice is to follow your body signals and be observant as they change very often.

– 6am – 7am – Dressing

– 7am – 9am – Compose

– 10am – 1pm – Lessons

– 1pm – 5pm – Lunch and Social

– 5pm – 9pm – Compose or Concerts

– 9pm – 11pm – Courting Constanze

– 11pm – 1am – Compose – in summary, Mozart has been composing music for 8h a day, which are the common working hours for most of us. However, split into 3 segments – morning, afternoon and evening made him much more productive, as he had variety of activities in between which helped him recharge.

Whenever possible, do you split your tasks into segments throughout the day?


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One of the most famous English writers – Charles Dickens – had more balanced lifestyle, harmoniously combining writing with his family life and yet this didn’t deter him from writing some of the widely-read novels of all time.

– 12am – 7am – Sleep

– 7am – 9am – Wake up and Breakfast

– 9am – 2pm – Writing in study in absolute quiet

– 2pm – 5pm – Vigorous walk through the countryside or London

– 5pm – 6pm – Gap time –

Do you have some time during the day free from chores and activities?

It’s good to have some breathing space in between tasks so we can either relax or take on something unexpected without throwing away the whole routine.

– 6pm – 7pm – Dinner

– 7pm – Friends and family –

Do you ignore spending the so much needed time with your family, partner, children or friends?

Do you skip precious moments because you’re “too busy”? On the contrary, do you get so distracted by all the demands of the household that you forget to set aside some time and focus on your creative work?

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The father of the modern Psychology left a very extensive record of analyses, case studies and works.

– 1am – 7am – Sleep

– 7am – 8am – Breakfast, trim beard ( don’t forget to groom yourself! )

– 8am – 12pm – Analytic patients, smoked as many as 20 cigars a day ( I don’t proclaim smoking, actually I’m a strict non-smoker )

– 12pm – 1pm – Gap time

– 1pm – 2pm – Lunch

– 2pm – 3pm – Walk around Vienna’s Ringstrasse

There is a saying that the body is the temple of the soul and it’s extremely important to move daily to promote health and vitality.

Exercising and sports are preferable, however a vigorous walk can do, too. Think about how refreshed and more productive you would feel if you have a walk in early afternoon and in the evening as Freud used to do.

– 3pm – 9pm – Consultations & more analytic patients

– 9pm – 10.30pm – Supper and card games, walk with wife or daughter

– 10.30pm – 1am – Reading, writing for journals – According to studies,

There is one common trait of all successful people, irrelevant of the scope of their business or work – they read every day, for at least 30 minutes a day.

Next time you think you don’t have time to read, consider it as investment in your progress and future.

We all look up to persons we admire, whose life left a remarkable trace in the history and through their legacy in our lives, too. We all need inspiration and models to follow as every genius was once a student. So today,

define your priorities and decide how much time you will devote each day to boost your creativity and work on your life’s purpose.

Setting a reasonable, balanced and varied routine is a great asset to assist you in your everyday work towards your dreams. Please leave a comment which one idea you will take from the creative routines of Mozart, Dickens or Freud.

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