8 Habits from Charles Darwin for his insane Productivity

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Darwin ran his days with clockwork precision.

He had set times every day for:

• writing,
• researching,
• walking,
• napping,
• playing his favorite parlor games,
• reading.

He often isolated himself to tinker with his thoughts, writings, and researches.
Charles Darwin spent a decade perfecting a radical scientific theory of how the world worked.

Darwin needed a near-monkish environment to develop his framework of evolution.

To become productive he would follow these 8 habits every day.
1. Set an intention for your day

After waking up at 5 AM, he would wash up, pray, then “take the resolution of the day.”

His main question each morning was, “What good shall I do this day?”
2. Note-taking

Charles Darwin always loved note-taking. He took notes of every species he saw and observed.

Not only did he reflects his thoughts in his notebooks, but he also recorded his observations.
3. Sketch notetaking

Darwin, not only did writing but also sketched many of his researches, findings, and observations.

He would try to visualize his thoughts on his findings.
4. Rational Thinking with Long Solitary Walks.

Every single day Darwin would take leave of his writings and walk on his sidewalk.

It was for exercise, but also for thinking deeply.
5. An isolated place for Deep Work

Darwin had a wooden summerhouse built at the end of the sandwalk,

which was perfect for him to continue his writings and publications blocking distractions as well as tinkering with his thoughts in isolation.
6. Recharge

Often after a long walk on the Sandwalk, he would take a nap for an hour.
7. Daily snack — and daily snack time.

In addition to a specific timetable for his day, he also created a strict routine around when and what he ate.

He proclaimed that his diet included only foods that were white, including eggs, fruit, and certain kinds of fish.
8. Take a mid-afternoon read

After a morning of work, letter-reading, a short walk, and lunch, every day at 3 PM,

Darwin would rest in his bedroom while he listened to his wife read him a novel or some other light literature.
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1. Set an intention for your day
2. Note-taking
3. Sketch notetaking
4. Rational Thinking with Long Solitary Walks.
5. An isolated place for Deep Work
6. Recharge
7. Daily snack — and daily snack time.
8. Take a mid-afternoon read
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