Steven R. Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People has been a business best-seller for about as long as there’s been business. Covey built a leadership consulting empire around a few generalizations gleaned from studying the work habits of leaders across the ages.
While Covey’s broad generalizations may be helpful, it’s just as informative to look at the nitty gritty details of how the successful organize their days. Does Stephen King start writing before or after coffee? What time did President George W. Bush get to the office?
If you need inspiration in crafting a better daily routine, you could do worse than cribbing off the likes of Charles Darwin (short walk every morning before work) or Fred Astaire (catching up on reading while practicing dance routines). For everything you wanted to know about the seven-thousand work habits of the rich and famous, start here, or here.
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