Everyone always wants to know how great artists, thinkers and leaders have grown up. What did you do right? And if we follow in their footsteps, can we see similar results? In search of answers we often turn to the morning routines of the most successful people in history. These morning habits and exercise routines may have been just a small part of their genius, but the way they started their day was still crucial to their creative process. Here are eight simple morning routines of some of the greatest minds in the world worth trying in 2019.
. 1 Make a resolution every morning.
Benjamin Franklin strictly adhered to the 13 virtues he set for himself, including order, frugality, and justice. He also followed a daily routine with the same rigor and discipline. Every morning, he woke up at five in the morning and asked himself, "What should I do that day?" In his autobiography he sketched out his morning plan: "Get up, wash and address Mighty goodness ! Explore the daily business and take the solution of the day Follow this study and breakfast. "Having a board and some food in his stomach, he worked on typical Benjamin Franklin things, such as the invention of a rocking chair or the fight against fire.
. 2 Work from the bed.
This may prove counterproductive, but if some of history's greatest minds were successful with this method, it might have an edge. One such advocate of work from bed was the French writer Voltaire. He wrote more than 50 pieces during his lifetime, including Candide ̵
. 3 Treat yourself.
If you want to start doing your day on the right foot, do something that will bring you joy, boost your self-confidence, or help you relax – even when it feels like you're procrastinating. Sigmund Freud was known to have a barber trimming his beard every day, and both Napoleon Bonaparte and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were known for their lengthy priming sessions: Napoleon often poured lavender water over his body while washing, and Mozart spent an hour getting dressed s Starting with a positive attitude, as Adam Toren, co-founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com, writes. He suggests carving time every morning to do something you love to do, whether you're listening to a podcast, jogging or drinking a cup of coffee.
. 4 Take a walk …
Charles Darwin usually started his day walking along his trail of thought (a gravel road near his home in Kent, England). Darwin reflected on the day's scientific questions during these walks, often with his Fox Terrier in tow. He may have encountered something because certain types of exercises – especially those that require a bit of thought – stimulate the motor and sensory areas of the brain. This in turn tends to encourage the flow of new ideas. "Walking obviously was not responsible for Darwin's evolutionary theory through natural selection, but a good footing was certainly part of his cognitive work – and still is for many today," writes Damon Young in Psychology Today . Georgia O. Keeffe had a similar habit: she woke up at dawn to drink her tea in bed, and then went outside to take a walk in her neighborhood in New Mexico. She was said to have taken a cane with her, which proved useful when she wanted to throw away rattlesnakes.
. 5 … Or do something different physical.
If walking does not quite match your speed, try to start your day with a different kind of exercise. The Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier rose at 6 am and did Calisthenics for 45 minutes each morning. English author and humorist P.G. Wodehouse had a similar routine and woke up early to complete his morning calisthenics on the porch. He also followed him with a pipe and drank two martinis before lunch and two more before dinner, so he may not be the best person he followed a health council. If you do not like traditional exercises like running or swimming, do not be afraid to get creative and experiment with different activities. President Herbert Hoover and his doctor invented a strenuous sport they called Hooverball, which POTUS played at 7 o'clock in the morning on the South Meadow of the White House.
. 6 Make your hands dirty.
1850, Wannabe The author of Moby-Dick Herman Melville, bought a 160-acre farm and a farmhouse in western Massachusetts and named it Arrowhead. He personally took care of the farm and enjoyed getting up at 8 in the morning to feed horses and cow ("It's a nice sight to see a cow move its jaws," he wrote). Only then did he make breakfast and began to write. If you do not have a mature farm, a small vegetable or flower garden will suffice. L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz woke up at 8 am, had breakfast and then went straight to his garden to cultivate his award-winning chrysanthemums. He called his home and garden Ozcot.
. 7 Meditate.
It may come as no surprise that Immanuel Kant, the philosopher of the Enlightenment, made every day one of his first business concerns. He woke up at five in the morning, drank a cup or two of weak tea, and smoked a pipe of tobacco while using the quiet time to meditate, according to biographer Manfred Kuehn. We now know that meditation offers several scientific benefits, including the reduction of anxiety. If you start looking at every item on your to-do list as soon as you open your eyes every morning, the Kant approach may be a good way to practice mindfulness.
. 8 Stimulate your mind.
Jane Austen first practiced the piano in the morning before other members of her family woke up. The English-American poet W. H. Auden started his day with a crossword puzzle. And countless political leaders, from John Quincy Adams to Theodore Roosevelt, made reading in the morning a priority. (Roosevelt allegedly read whole books before breakfast.) Regardless of the materials consumed, it was understood that reading is brain fuel – and knowledge is power.