Allow me, dear reader, to point you to a recent book review at the Guardian of “Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work: How Artists Work,” by Mason Currey, which summarizes some of the most common strategies of authors, composers, artists and scientists across the centuries:
- Be a morning person
- Don’t give up the day job
- Take lots of walks
- Stick to a schedule
- Practice strategic substance abuse
- Learn to work anywhere
I can get behind #3 and #6, but could barely bring myself to type #1. Oh well, to each his own. But I did enjoy learning about Ludwig von Beethoven, whose morning ritual was to count out the precisely 60 beans used to make his morning coffee.