Can’t Wait to Get to Work

Highly Creative people keep favored routines.  For ten days I’m posting about the routines of individual Creators, historical and current. My previous post: Scheduled Time for Her Dream.

Thomas Friedman

Writer, New York Times Op-Ed Columnist

“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?” On weekdays, he’ll head into D.C.  for a seven-thirty breakfast meeting, which is sometimes followed by an eight-thirty breakfast meeting. The [New York] Times has a floor and a half of a building a few blocks north of the White House, and three of the four Op-Ed columnists who are based in Washington–Friedman, David Brooks, and Maureen Dowd.

Friedman’s large corner office has windows that are oddly small and high, leaving wide areas of wall space. He has hung a poster of a three-masted sailing ship tipping off the edge of a flat world, which he bought long before he wrote “The World Is Flat“–attracted, in part, by the title, which is “I Told You So.”

(From The New Yorker, Thanks to Mason Currey)


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