The Daily Routines of Geniuses

Harvard Business Review

Gustav Mahler’s wife bribed the neighbors with opera tickets to keep their dogs quiet while he was composing — even though she was bitterly disappointed when he forced her to give up her own promising musical career. Eliot, who found it much easier to write once he had a day job in a bank than as a starving poet; and even F. Juan Ponce de León spent his life searching for the fountain of youth. I have spent mine searching for the ideal daily routine.