The workout to work

The workout to work

Brief insight into how people organize their days. More than just a few incorporate(d) some kind of workout into their day:

Barack Obama: He starts his day with a workout at 6:45, reads several newspapers, has breakfast with his family, and then starts his work day just before 9:00 in the morning.

Haruki Murakami: This popular Japanese novelist sticks to a specific daily schedule that begins at 4:00 when he awakes. He writes for five or six hours, then either runs 10k or swims 1500 meters (or sometimes, both). 

Thomas Friedman: “Honestly, I still can’t wait to get my pants on in the morning,“ Friedman said. He wakes early, then exercises on a stationary bike, and if he has a column in the paper that day he’ll read it through online two or three times, asking himself, “Did I get it right?” 

Charles Darwin: In his middle and later years, Darwin stuck to a very rigid schedule that started at 7:00 in the morning with a short walk, then breakfast. … His afternoon was also scheduled and consisted of two walks, reading, and backgammon.

Exercise is clearly one important theme structuring the day. When I first left a full-time job to begin freelancing, for a brief time, I would run, shower, dress, and ride the train in a loop from my apartment and back again to begin work at home. Ritual is important.