Spying on the routine of great people: how their habits can improve your productivity

“The patterns of our lives reveal us. Our habits measure us,” wrote Mary Oliver, highlighting the profound connection between our daily routines and our inner selves. In the quest for a balanced and productive lifestyle, we often look to the past for inspiration. Ever wonder how the big names from history would’ve rocked their routines with a little tech magic? Let's bridge the gap between the time-tested habits of history's luminaries and our apps. By adopting the principles of these great minds and utilizing modern technology, we can optimize our daily routines for success and satisfaction.

Voltaire: mastering breaks in sake of productivity 

François-Marie Arouet Voltaire, a French writer and philosopher renowned for his prolific writings and wit, structured his day meticulously. Despite his demanding schedule, he produced an incredible volume of work (he wrote more than 50 plays and 20,000 letters during his lifetime).

Voltaire's key routine secret:

Despite spending numerous hours engaged in work, Voltaire thrived by interspersing his schedule with purposeful breaks. This approach not only rejuvenated his focus but also sustained his creativity and efficiency.

The lesson? Breaks are not just pauses; they're opportunities to recharge and boost productivity. Imagine Voltaire using a modern app like Calendars to remind him to take those crucial breaks, ensuring his mind stays fresh and ideas flow freely.

Pablo Picasso: creativity comes at night

The incredible artist, the most influential in the Cubist movement, the iconic artist Picasso, known for his revolutionary art, adhered to a rigid routine. He started painting in the afternoon until late evening, followed by a second session after dinner. This routine was pivotal to his prolificacy, contributing to his legacy of approximately 50,000 artworks. Picasso's late starts and nocturnal work sessions highlight the importance of aligning work habits with one's natural rhythms for optimal creativity.

Pablo Picasso's key routine secret: 

A closer look at Picasso's daily routine uncovers his unusual habit of working deep into the night. The fact that he managed to produce such a great number of pieces of art is proof that he was aware of his most productive hours. 

The takeaway? Work when you feel most creative. Tools like Documents could have helped Picasso to keep his creative projects, references, and midnight inspirations neatly organized and accessible anytime, anywhere. Perfect for when the muse calls at 2 a.m.

Virginia Woolf: the power of structured freedom 

Virginia Woolf, an icon of literary modernism, wove her narrative magic primarily in the mornings. Her routine was a delicate balance of writing, revising, and engaging with the world through literature and correspondence. Woolf's routine helped her maintain focus and balance, mitigating distractions during challenging times.

Virginia Woolf's key routine secret:

A strict schedule helped Virginia Woolf maintain her focus and prevent distractions. By diligently scheduling breaks and meal times, Woolf effectively prevented instances of overworking or skipping meals. As she once said, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”.

The strategy? A routine that balances creativity with relaxation. Virginia Woolf had mornings down to a science—prime time for writing. Spark could be your digital muse, handling emails like a boss so you can focus on unleashing your creativity.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: a symphony of productivity

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the prodigious composer, adhered to a rigorous schedule, carving out time for composition, teaching, and performance amidst a bustling life. Mozart's dedication to his art, from dawn till dusk, exemplifies how structured discipline and passion can coalesce to forge unparalleled artistic legacy.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's key routine secret:

A peek into the composer's daily routine unveils his unwavering commitment to his ambitions, as he meticulously allocated distinct portions of his day to various pursuits. His disciplined allocation of time for varied musical endeavors, from teaching to composing, illustrates the power of a diversified yet focused approach to one's craft.

His secret? A disciplined yet flexible routine. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with his symphonic precision, could have found a kindred spirit in PDF Expert.

Coco Chanel: biorhythms synchronization   

The diva of the fashion world and a woman with a strong and kind heart, was a revolutionary fashion designer and businesswoman, who achieved her greatness through both hard work and dedication. Let's take a closer look at Chanel's schedule.

Coco Chanel's key routine secret:

Coco Chanel, the revolutionary fashion designer, thrived by syncing her work schedule with her natural biorhythms, challenging the early riser ethos of her era. Chanel's late starts were a testament to her commitment to authenticity, allowing her creativity and work ethic to flourish well into the night. “There is a time for work, and a time for love. That leaves no other time.”

The insight? Honor your biological rhythms. Chanel might have loved using an app to organize her designs and schedules, syncing her creative flow with her natural work rhythm.

Winston Churchill: mastering the art of flexibility

Winston Churchill, the storied statesman, crafted a daily routine that accommodated both his leadership responsibilities and his creative endeavors. Churchill's blend of work, leisure, and strategic rest highlights the effectiveness of a flexible yet disciplined schedule in achieving monumental success.

Winston Churchill's key routine secret:

Adapting one's routine to accommodate both duties and passions ensures not just productivity but also a fulfilling life.

The lesson? Flexibility in your schedule can lead to great achievements.

Unveiled it all…

Different people, yet all great minds had their own vision of how to live life to succeed in what they love to do. The principles that guided Voltaire, Picasso, Woolf, Mozart, Chanel, and Churchill can be seamlessly integrated into our digital age with Readdle's apps.

By leveraging Calendars, Documents, Spark, and PDF Expert, we can adopt the habits of history's great minds to cultivate a life of productivity, creativity, and balance.

So, work, sleep, eat, and love well — with or without apps!

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