At Tim Ferriss's (and others') recommendation, I read and greatly enjoyed Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. Like Tim (and Mason), I'm fascinated by how productive people organize their time, and what strategies they use to fight "resistance," the term Steven Pressfield uses for procrastination and creativity blocks. I loved how this book collected so many examples and just gave the straight facts, often quoting directly from the primary sources to list out the schedules and rituals used by the artists. I also liked how the artists came from a variety of fields, including literature, painting, illustration, dance, science, and music.
My biggest takeaways were the following:
(I took these notes on my phone while listening to the audio version of the book, and I apologize for all the rampant misspellings of artist names.)