Stephen: Here’s how some of histories greatest figures started their days
Some of the most successful people and history have started their days with a strict routine. Mental Floss has compiled eight of those right here:
- Make a resolution every morning. Benjamin Franklin strictly adhered to the 13 virtues he laid out for himself, including order, frugality, and justice.
- Work from bed. French writer Voltaire wrote more than 50 plays in his lifetime, and many of them were penned from the comfort of his bed.
- Treat yourself. Sigmund Freud famously had a barber come and trim his beard each day.
- Take a walk. Charles Darwin typically started his day with a stroll around his thinking path, a gravel track near his home in Kent, England.
- Or do something else physical. Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier rose at 6 a.m. and did calisthenics for 45 minutes each morning.
- Get your hands dirty. Moby-Dick author Herman Melville bought a 160-acre farm and farmhouse in western Massachusetts and personally tended to the farm each morning.
- Meditate. Immanuel Kant made silent contemplation one of his first orders of business each day.
- Stimulate your mind. Jane Austen practiced piano first thing in the morning before other members of her family woke up.