Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics).
1. No socks. Ever.
Albert Einstein didn’t wear socks was because in his childhood, it took him just a day or two to wear out a hole in a new sock. And that says something about Albert Einstein’s mind.
His thoughts were so important for him that any issue – even annoying socks – wasn’t worth the distraction. He just couldn’t stand it, so socks were immediately banned for life.
2. Playing the violin.
At first, young Einstein couldn’t stand it, but when he was 13 he heard Mozart for the first time and fell in love with it. After that, he never stopped playing the violin again. Despite his first reaction, Einstein was curious enough to change his mind about violin playing.
3. Sleeping 10 hours a day.
Despite sleeping for 10 hours at night, Einstein didn’t restrict himself from having naps either.
While he drifted off, he held a metal spoon in his hand and had a metal plate lying on the floor right underneath the spoon. When he fell asleep he would drop the spoon on the plate. The resulting sound was enough to wake him up immediately.
4. Daily walks.
Einstein wasn’t really a person with a passion for exercise and a healthy lifestyle. His walks had nothing to do with benefiting his health. The thing is, while we walk, we’re not busy; our mind is left to itself. Plus, it’s partially concentrated on the sole process of walking. That’s why a long enough walk can put you in a sort of trance. It’ll allow you to relax and think about things differently.
This is exactly what Einstein was looking for – to switch his way of thinking, to re-set his mind.