Violent and original

“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”

Gustave Flaubert.

What this means for you and I:

  • Have a routine (go to bed and wake up at roughly the same time every day)
  • Forge habits that, when aggregated, make your life better over time
  • Look after yourself – good nutrition, adequate rest, strenuous physical exercise, access to a broad range of mentally stimulating inputs (films, books, podcasts, conversations etc)
  • Don’t make stupid financial decisions that will put strain on the rest of your life

In sum: get out of your own way. Don’t let chaos impede your ability to do the work you’re capable of. You owe it to yourself.


  1. Agreed! The modern cliche way of thinking is that routine is a bad and boring thing. Little do they know that a good routine, especially in the morning will boost your productivity and make you get extraordinary results

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    1. Thanks for your comment man. Yeah, one of my favourite books on this topic is ‘The War of Art’ by Steven Pressfield, have you ever come across it?


  2. I know that for me routine is critical. Without a schedule, my mind travels to dark places. But I also have learned that I need to be flexible to changes. So, what I do is give myself a couple choices that I can choose from — in case life happens and turns me to another direction. I also need to break up my day; sometimes by the hour. That’s what works for me. Everyone must find their own path.

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    1. Couldn’t agree more Anna. It’s definitely not static. Routine is power, but taken too far it can be stifling. It’s got to change as we do, but over time, and not just randomly fluctuating. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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