These famous creative people had very odd and fascinating daily schedules

It turns out great minds really don’t think alike.

Artist Pablo Picasso did his best work overnight. Writer Victor Hugo pumped iron for 2 hours every afternoon. Founding Father and inventor Benjamin Franklin was awake by 5 a.m. and made daily resolutions. And writer Franz Kafka really liked naps.

Cloud-based service company Podio turned fascinating bits of Mason Currey’s 2013 book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work into an easily digestible infographic. The colorful chart depicts how different life was for artists, writers, musicians and other famous creative types throughout history.

It seems like Enlightenment writer Voltaire did creative work all day every day. But philosopher Immanuel Kant needed just an hour.

Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud only needed a few hours of sleep, but writer Mary Flannery O’Connor got 8 hours of beauty rest each night.

Melissa Angle About the author:
Melissa Angle is Fans 1st Media's director of audience. Email her at
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