Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, by Mason Currey
If it’s not obvious from everyone’s favorite column here on MegBiram.com — GSD — (it means get shit done if you’re new around here), I am obsessed with people’s rituals and routines. I love to know how other people organize their time, how they plan their days, how they motivate themselves to get to work. I think it’s because I’m always trying to refine my routine and be more efficient in my work. Seriously I read a ton of books and articles on this topic (and if you want to glean all of that knowledge from me you should come to my GSD Workshop in March).
So when I found out about this book — daily rituals and routines of ARTISTS — I couldn’t order it fast enough. It was beyond interesting, but I kept wanting more. I didn’t want it to end. I loved reading about each person — famous novelists, mathematicians, playwrights, painters, scientists, philosophers! Guess I’ll just need to go find all of their biographies!
My one critique about this book was the order. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to the order the people were featured in. I thought that was a little odd. Maybe there was an order and I just couldn’t figure it out? Not sure.
What is fascinating, or maybe shouldn’t be, was that it seemed like there were two different types of people for each major observation — morning people, and not morning people. Schedule people, and not schedule people. Social people, and not social people. Both types of these people were successful. Some would work diligently all day, some would work in spurts of just a few hours and then spend the rest of the day partying, drinking and sleeping.
There were a ton of similarities among the different types of artists (spoiler alert for the book): Continue reading…