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Routines that Help Sustain Creativity

I came across this interesting post about the routines of some highly creative people. It features the top ten favorite routines of the editors of 99U, who conducted the interviews with various creatives. No. 1, “Take a quarterly vacation,” and No.6, “Take a Daily Nap,” are my top two favorites.  Care to develop a ritual or 2? Then read “10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal.”

In “The Odd (And Effective) Routines of Famous Minds like Beethoven, Maya Angelou, and Francis Bacon,” you’ll read about how Maya Angelou rented a small hotel or motel room to do her writing. Nothing eccentric about that, but the habits of Francis Bacon, W.H. Auden and Beethoven, who counted exactly 60 coffee beans every morning are interesting, but hard to follow.

I’m thinking hard about what routines I have and I hope drinking tea after a heavy meal counts, because I don’t seem to have any other. If I had known “How Mundane Routines Produce Creative Magic,” I would have established routines when I was younger. Perhaps it’s not too late.

Want to know what routines some famous people do on a daily basis? Hop on over to Daily Routines: How writers, artists, and other interesting people organize their days.






  1. Wow. Wow. And wow again. I need to pin that “10 Creative Rituals you Should Steal” somewhere near my nook. Wow. 9 and 10. Wow. (Not terribly articulate today, perhaps because of the extreme cold outside, but wowed by these ideas.)


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