It’s that time of year again. Everybody on campus is kind of cranky, wearing sweatpants, and staying up late in the study lounges. Everyone seems to be repeating some sort of “I will make it through this” mantra.

I am no exception.*

To combat laziness and unproductivity, I recently deactivated my Facebook and Twitter. After only two days, the change in my attitude is noticeable. I’ve been going to bed earlier, and getting homework done in a more timely manner. Hopefully this trend continues.

I also got myself a little gift: Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals: How Artists Work.
It was like $15 on Amazon, and I’ve been feeling guilty about how little I actually read these days. While at school, I am rarely in the mood to read an actual book, because you know, I HAVE ACTUAL HOMEWORK TO DO.

I am trying to change this attitude.

Doing things other than homework is inevitable, so I should at least make it something productive and enriching (not Facebook). That said, I can’t really get invested in some sort of fiction novel, because I don’t have enough time or the mental energy to do that.

This book is perfect as a homework break, because it’s written in short, easily digestible sections. It’s all about famous artists (or writers, filmmakers, musicians, etc.) and their daily routines. You can read about how Mozart prepared his coffee, or what time Franz Kafka liked to take a nap in the afternoon, or how much wine Jean-Paul Sartre drank every night. Reading the book serves several purposes: it’s really interesting, it gives some historical lessons, and it helps to be productive. By reading about the daily habits of extremely successful people, it makes you evaluate your own daily routine. It’s very inspiring.

The biggest thing I’ve taken from the book is to go to bed early, wake up early, and drink coffee. These three things are the main commonalities I can find between most of the artists who are discussed.

I’m gonna try to go to bed by 10:00 tonight.


*except the sweatpants thing; I am proudly sweatpants-free.

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  • November 24 2013 at 1:57 pm
    Austin Gerth
    I am going to buy that book.

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