Aug 14 2015
Yes, Gryffindors are bold Quidditch players and noble warriors, but we’re talking tiny tasks today, because they require a subtle kind of courage: be brave enough to demand what you want, and chase after it.
There are tons of useful articles on mastering your morning routine for productivity. This lesson is sort of about that, but also about starting your day lavishly, with something that makes you so happy it sets the tone for the hours to come.
Make sure you read that carefully: ideal. Leave reality behind. What do you want to do first thing in the morning?
All of the following are acceptable:
Now make a tiny step towards one of your lush and luxurious dreams.
Part of my morning routine is reading a chapter from Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. Although this book recounts the schedules of hardworking artists, my greatest takeaways are their humanizing qualities:
“My concern at times is nothing more than establishing a series of practical considerations that will enable me to work. For years I said if I could only find a comfortable chair I would rival Mozart” – Morton Feldman
“Three hours a day will produce as much as a man ought to write.” – Anthony Trollope
“After lunch, [Gustav] Mahler would drag [his wife] Alma on a three- or four-hour-long walk along the shore, stopping occasionally to jot down ideas in his notebook, beating time in the air with his pencil.”
For a quick look, see this infographic of creative routines.
What is your ideal morning? Scribble down as many ideas that come to mind.
Scale it back – how can you make a small step towards those dreams?
Share your progress in the comments!
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