It's easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, allowing our creative endeavors to go by the wayside indefinitely until we can work them into our schedules. But it's interesting to remember that every single one of our creative heroes all have (or had) the same number of hours in a day to complete their work. RJ Andrews of Info We Trust has put together an enlightening infographic using the book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work that illustrates how some of history's greatest creative minds fit their creative work into their daily life.
Every creative person works differently -- that should go without saying. But, if you're finding yourself in need of some inspiration (or just some entertainment), Andrews' infographic really puts things into perspective. We've talked about habits of highly successful writers before, and what's really intriguing, is that these creatives -- and not just the writers, but the musicians, philosophers, and scientists, too -- more or less practiced these same habits, like waking up early, taking walks, and, as demonstrated below, sticking to a schedule.
Each creative person's schedule highlighted in the infographic is designed like a clock, with different colors representing the different kinds of tasks they completed each day, from their creative work to their basic human needs (eating, sleeping, spending time with family). Also included are more in-depth facts about each routine. For instance, Victor Hugo's bathing habits are included in his chart, but it's noted that he took public ice baths on the roof of his home.
Check out the infographic below (click to enlarge):
There is no one right way to work or express your creativity -- as demonstrated in the infographic. You may do your best work first thing in the morning, while others may do it in the dead of night. However, one thing that seems to play a big role in the success of influential artists is keeping a schedule. As Daily Rituals author Mason Currey says in his book:
In the right hands, it can be a finely calibrated mechanism for taking advantage of limited resources -- a solid routine fosters a well-worn groove for one's mental energies.
Have you found that keeping a schedule helps with your creative work? Let us know in the comments below.