The artist Maira Kalman, asked whether she has a daily routine:
Avoiding work is the way to focus my mind. There’s a lot of walking in the morning, and coffee, and reading the obituaries. And by that time, I’m probably ready to start working. And also a deadline is a really good thing. A deadline is probably the biggest inspiration to get going — more than anything else.
Maira Kalman: The Pursuit of Happiness (The 99 Percent)