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Habits & Routines

More Insights on Building a Rock-Solid Routine

Daily routines set expectations about availability, align our workflow with our energy levels, and get our minds into a regular rhythm of creating.


Woody Allen once said that 80 percent of success is showing up. Having written and directed fifty films in almost as many years, Allen clearly knows something about accomplishment. How, when, and where you show up is the single most important factor in executing on your ideas.
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That’s why so many creative visionaries stick to a daily routine. Choreographer Twyla Tharp gets up at the crack of dawn every day and hails a cab to go to the gym — a ritual she calls her “trigger moment.” Painter Ross Bleckner reads the paper, meditates, and then gets to the studio by 8 a.m. so that he can work in the calm quiet of the early morning. Writer Ernest Hemingway wrote five hundred words a day, come hell or high water. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our best insights on building the right daily routine for you. — How Mundane Routines Produce Creative Magic Can creativity be triggered? Find out how to heighten your ability to produce great work by tapping into the power of daily rhythms. Why Creative People Need To Be Eccentric Do you ever feel like your regular habits are a little bit crazy? We investigate why eccentricity is essential to doing great work. How To Set Smart Daily Goals To achieve great things, we must constantly question how we spend our time and energy. Get started by asking yourself these six questions right now. — What Daily Meditation Can Do For Your Creativity Sometimes the best way to improve your performance is to do nothing at all. The creative benefits of calming your mental chatter. How To Accomplish More By Doing Less It’s not just the number of hours we sit at a desk that determines the value we generate. Accomplishing truly great work also requires rest and renewal.
Download the desktop wallpaper: 1920 x 1200 | 1366 x 768 | 1280 x 1024 | 1280 x 800 | 1024 x 800 Learn more about creating great work every single day in our new 99U book: Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind.

Jocelyn K. Glei

A writer and the founding editor of 99U, Jocelyn K. Glei is obsessed with how to make great creative work in the Age of Distraction. Her latest book is Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distraction, and Get Real Work Done. Her previous works include the 99U’s own bestselling book series: Manage Your Day-to-Day, Maximize Your Potential, and Make Your Mark. Follow her @jkglei.

Comments (2)
  • Martino Liu

    Great book!

  • Donny

    Wallpaper links are broken😦

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