I came across this book in an HBR blog post: The Daily Routines of Geniuses. I think this title represents the value and content of the book for general readers who may not give it a second glance after reading the word artists.
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey is not about rituals necessarily and not really confined to artists.
It is about the working habits of writers, composers, painters, choreographers, playwrights, sculptors, filmmakers, scientists, poets, philosophers and their creation process. What they do everyday to get their work done… What they did not do everyday. It is also about how they separated real work from busywork (stuff like correspondence–that is email and other electronic time wasters in 21st century terms).
Pretty interesting stuff for anyone interested in improving their daily productivity, especially for those working from home.
I can’t put this on FIRST LINES at Mindculture’s Blog or on this blog because it won’t make sense. You cannot really get a good idea about the book from reading the first lines. So please check out the first few pages from Amazon.
Having bought the first pages and about the ‘rituals’ of a few people, I am wondering whether I should buy this or not.