Creative Daily Rituals and Getting to Work

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

From Frank Lloyd Wright's procrastination to Beethoven's bathing regimen, Mason Currey, author of Daily Rituals: How Artists Work and the Daily Routines blog, talks about what he's found about how creative people set routines.



Mason Currey

Comments [5]


My work ritual consists mainly of trying to avoid opening email from nervous art editors for as long as possible - I even go so far as to complete the work that they're after in order to put off reading their emails. Another ritual is having to play games on the "pooter" with my 3 year old when her mother's midday Aussie soaps come on. And then there's all the tea and coffee-making throughout the day.

Apr. 30 2013 01:07 PM
Kate from New Jersey

I noticed that this conversation was almost entirely male. With the exception of Ayn Rand, all the creative types discussed were male and the call-ins were male. Not surprisingly, the biggest challenge mentioned was resisting email. Give me a break. Trying balancing a creative life with caring for children, paid employment, and aging parents. Be a little more creative here folks! ;-)

Apr. 30 2013 12:02 PM
r.j. from Manhattan

I have heard David Byrne eats breakfast at the same restaurant every day in Hell's Kitchen. He definitely rides his bike everywhere.

Apr. 30 2013 11:51 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

I get the internet distractions out FIRST before I work. That's why I'm writing this comment.

Apr. 30 2013 11:51 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

I can't wait for this segment! My daily routine is mostly farting around all morning: checking out Brian Lehrer, harassing idiots on the Atlantic website, reading the 'news' until I get bored. Then I take a shower, eat lunch, and sit in a chair for about 8 - 10 hours and attempt to write. I try to limit my drug and alcohol consumption, but let's be honest...

I do that daily. Ta-da

Apr. 30 2013 10:51 AM

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