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:

  1. Make a resolution every morning. Benjamin Franklin strictly adhered to the 13 virtues he laid out for himself, including order, frugality, and justice.
  2. 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.
  3. Treat yourself. Sigmund Freud famously had a barber come and trim his beard each day.
  4. 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.
  5. Or do something else physical. Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier rose at 6 a.m. and did calisthenics for 45 minutes each morning.
  6. 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.
  7. Meditate. Immanuel Kant made silent contemplation one of his first orders of business each day.
  8. Stimulate your mind. Jane Austen practiced piano first thing in the morning before other members of her family woke up.

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