Even Leonardo Da Vinci Worked with a To-Do List

Toby Lester reveals the Da Vinci code

Feb 21, 2012

A genius at work. (Image: Toby Lester's book cover)

NPR’s blog unveils historian Toby Lester’s discoveries about Leonardo Da Vinci’s work and research methods. Lester, author of the book, Da Vinci’s Ghost, says that the artist used to travel with a notebook attached to his belt, in which he scribbled or sketched “whenever something caught his eye.”
Among the vignettes, illustrations and little notes recorded, Lester found a list of action items, which offers a glimpse into the workings of a mind of a genius. Da Vinci was an unusual man, so it’s no surprise that his to-do list included unusual stuff. Among the action items: “find a master of hydraulics and get him to tell you how to repair a lock, canal and mill”, “calculate the measures of Milan and suburbs”, and even, simply, “draw Milan.” Just like that.
Sounds pretty much like our own to-do list. Or not.

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