Benjamin Franklin’s famous formula for success had a lot to do with his schedule: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” He even wrote a book called Early Rising: A Natural, Social, and Religious Duty. Others have said that “the early bird gets the worm,” while an old German proverb states “Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund” – the early morning has gold in its mouth. Ok, so most people think getting up early is important, but just how much does our entire daily schedule factor into our success?[see_also]
In his book Daily Rituals, Mason Currey investigated the often rigid daily routines of hundreds of creative individuals, from the time they got up, to the hours they dedicated to creative pursuits, leisure, socializing and sleep. Now RJ Andrews has visualized a number of the most influential people featured in the book, giving us a clear look at the wisdom we can glean from these highly creative and productive people. If you ignore the manic schedule of Balzac, you don’t have to look deeply to see a pattern of early rising – or the fact that Victor Hugo liked rising at 6am with the sound of a gunshot, followed by 2 raw eggs and a public ice bath. See all of Andrews’ visualizations here.
The key to reading the time for each visualization: