Don’t you ever wish you had the mind of some of the most brilliant people in history?
Success isn’t given, its earned. The most brilliant minds in the history of humankind all have one thing in common and it’s not just their creativity and intelligence.
The most intelligent people that transcend expectations and create lasting changes in the world learned how to master their productivity.
Well here are some of their dope habits that contributed to their smartness:
1. Prioritize an appropriate amount of sleep.
The most intelligent people recognize the importance of sleep in sustaining high levels of physical and mental energy during the day. Kant and Franklin averaged about seven hours of sleep per night, while Freud, somewhat of a night-owl, averaged six.
2. Allow for appropriate transition time in the morning.
Morning routines make or break you because they have a major impact on your mental state. Benjamin Franklin took time each morning to reflect and set specific intentions each day, while Freud preferred to eat breakfast and then ensure that he was well-groomed for the day. Immanuel Kant started his morning with tea, meditation, and smoking his pipe.
3. Designate specific times for your primary aim.
Kant spent a minimum of four hours each day writing and consulting with Joseph Green to further his philosophy. Franklin spent 8 hours covering a wide range of his varying interests from music to language to science. Freud, immersed in his work, spent around 10 hours with psychoanalytic patients each day.
4. Find an optimal balance between your input and output.
Some people need much more input than output, while others may function better with the opposite balance. Benjamin Franklin spent about nine hours each day doing some type of activity that gave him energy and only eight hours doing things that took energy. Freud and Kant preferred to spend between 11 and 12 hours engaging in output and spending 5-6 hours recharging (not counting sleep).
5. Get up early in the day.
While this may not apply to certain artists and creative-minded folks, the three people I studied all enjoyed getting up early in the day. Kant and Franklin both started their mornings at 5am, whereas Freud got started at 7am, but was also up writing until 1am. Start treating each day as an opportunity for growth.
6. Prioritize down-time to decompress and recharge.
One thing that surprised me was that each person I researched chose to schedule down time. Freud allowed time to relax after seeing patients. Kant and Franklin enjoyed reading, eating, and listening to music to recharge