Leonardo da Vinci’s To-Do List: Peek Into A Creative Mind

Do you ever read about people like Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso and some of the other most creative people in history and wonder how they approached their daily lives? I do. Sometimes I get to the end of the day and feel like I didn’t finish some of the most menial tasks on my to-do list, yet there are other people who were able to change history with the same 24 hours.

Apparently Leonardo da Vinci carried around a little notebook with him everywhere. As he was inspired by the world around him, he would constantly take notes and sketch. His curiosity was insatiable, and he wanted to know everything about everything.

Historian and author Toby Lester got his hands on one of Leonardo’s to-do lists written in one of those notebooks. As you see below, the topics on this list are all over the place, and it’s obvious his mind wandered a lot. He was a free spirit with a free mind, and many times he didn’t focus much. However, contrary to what we are taught today, sometimes not focusing can yield the biggest results from a creative perspective. It’s not clear whether these are things he wanted to finish in a week, a month or a decade.

These are his exact notes. Toby added a few words to make it more understandable, and those words are noted in brackets. You can learn more about Leonardo da Vinci in Toby Lester’s new book Da Vinci’s Ghost, which will be released in a few months.

To Do List Of Genius

The Renaissance Man Daily List

The Renaissance Man Daily List

Via: [Nuclear Toast] [NPR Science Blog]


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    philippe Gandouin 9 years

    There are SEVERAL ways to give free rein to the imagination and develop their creativity. knowing that oral method is not accurate to transcribe what our brain requires us to develop the most direct way is to compose a draft and then talk to the features harmoniously as we indicated in our inner self. It is satisfied by our intuition of time and then is the logical consequence, because it is all about following and associated lines or curves. Principalities of the scheme stand and draft becomes more concrete. The interior mechanical located in a specific part of our intel compares with what we distingons the circumference at the time of this creative period and indicates the form of stimulated realistic potential or route to follow to give a more complex final form or less close to our desired reality. Then the distance of the subject product and gives an end to the creation of the moment in branching precise way from within the management attention that will produce the novelty and creativity. The work is well done and satisfied is the author’s …… am I?