Charles Dickens was a prolific writer, having produced fifteen novels and numerous other works of art. He also had a prolific routine:
- 7am - Wakeup
- 8am - Breakfast
- 9am-2pm in Study
- 1-4pm - 3-hour walk through the streets of London
- 6pm - Dinner with friends and family
In-fact, his routine was much like many other creative artists and what I refer to as Highly Successful People (HSPs). Most of them had a set routine which favored structured work in the morning, an afternoon break with some contemplation, and sometimes, another short bout of work later in the evening before rest.
Some days, Charles didn’t do much more other than stare out a window and barely even wrote at all. Even so, having a routine is what allowed him to foster his mental energy and weather the bad days from the good ones.
In many ways, a solid routine gives you the chance to have the life you always wanted, but on autopilot. Taking the time out to create better habits fo yourself to repeat daily takes willpower and motivation out of the equation.
If you’re interested in learning how to create better habits, check out recently released book, Atomic Habits
by James Clear.
🍺 to a great week ahead!