Daily Routines


A fascinating look at how people organize their days. From Darwin to drug users…

[The following is from Francis Darwin’s reminiscences of his father.
It summarizes a typical day in Darwin’s middle and later years, when he
had developed a rigid routine that seldom changed, even when there were
visitors in the house.]

7 a.m. Rose and took a short walk.
7:45 a.m. Breakfast alone
8–9:30 a.m. Worked in his study; he considered this his best working time.
9:30–10:30 a.m. Went to drawing-room and read his letters, followed by reading aloud of family letters.
10:30 a.m.–
12 or 12:15 p.m.
Returned to study, which period he considered the end of his working day.
12 noon Walk, starting with
visit to greenhouse, then round the sandwalk, the number of times
depending on his health, usually alone or with a dog.
12:45 p.m. Lunch with whole family, which was his main meal of the day. After lunch read The Times and answered his letters.

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