Franz Kafka is considered one of the most creative and influential writers of the 20th century, but he actually spent most of his time working as a lawyer for the Workers Accident Insurance Institute. How did Kafka produce such fantastic creative works while holding down his day job? By sticking to a strict schedule.
Benjamin Franklin made sure to end every day by asking “What good have I done today?” Maya Angelou only wrote in tiny hotel rooms. Jack Kerouac made sure to touch the ground nine times before writing.
Sustained creativity doesn’t come from a flash of brilliance or a single afternoon of inspiration. It comes from a consistent routine that serves as the bedrock for getting things done. At 99U we’ve spoken with dozens of entrepreneurs, researchers, and creatives about their unique routines. Below are some of our favorites.
Karine Sabatier's insight:
Take a Quarterly Vacation (Brad Feld)
Hold a “Retrospective” After Projects (Harper Reed)
Write Every Day (Cheryl Strayed)
Create an “Interesting People Fund” (Ben Casnocha)
Keep “Tear Sheets” to Get Inspired (Sarah Foelske)
Nap Every Day (Pat Kiernan)
Envision What You Will Be Remembered For (Simon Mottram)
Elon Musk is the CEO of Tesla Motors, an American electric car manufacturing company. The company has been responsible for technical innovations that many thought impossible, like producing battery packs more cheaply than ever before.
Aux Pays-Bas depuis quelques années, une initiative intéressante a été appliquée. En plus des sacs habituels pour les déchets, les habitants d’un même quartier ont la possibilité d’utiliser un autre sac : le Goedzak.
It’s been a while since we’ve shared a stop-motion film, but ‘A Girl Named Elastika’ by French filmmaker Guillaume Blanchet was a no-brainer. At once simple (equipment wise) and incredibly complex (how long did it take to move all those thumbtacks!?) the video is impressive from start to finish.
And fortunately for Blanchet, we’re not the only ones that think this. The video only made it to Vimeo a couple of days ago, but over the last year he has been collecting animation awards left and right for something that was created almost entirely on a bulletin board!
Cognitive scientists may have produced the strongest evidence yet that humans have separate and distinct cognitive systems with which they can categorize, classify, and conceptualize their worlds. The systems also may have different courses of decline in cognitive aging, which would have ramifications for remediation and compensation in dementia.