Leo’s to do list

Leonardo, multi-tasker

Do not attempt any of these at home. Thanks to NPR, a quick list of tasks Leonardo Da Vinci jotted in one of his notebooks. Herewith, some samples. Dude really liked to measure things, and I think he was trying to track down some ice skates:

  • Draw Milan
  • Measure Milan and its suburbs.
  • Measure the Duke’s Palace.
  • Measure the courtyard of the Duke’s Palace.
  • Ask Benedetto Portinari by what means they go on ice in Flanders.
  • Find a master of hydraulics and get him to tell you how to repair a lock, canal and mill . . .
  • Ask Maestro Giovanni Francese about the measurement of the sun.

When did he find time for the Mona Lisa? It’s hard enough to paint when there’s email in the world.  I’m glad I don’t feel compelled to draw upstate New York, and I don’t see any curiosity about canal repair in my future. And I thought I had A.D.D.

2 Responses to “Leo’s to do list”

  1. Richard Harrngton

    Every Saturday morning i woke up to a job list. I was free to do what ever I wanted with my weekend, once my list was done. Sometimes that took til Sunday afternoon. I hated my dad’s lists, and wanted no part of lists.

    Now I make lists. Makes me more productive, if I can keep track of them. And those lists that took til Sunday….. they weren’t as long as Leonarda’s.

  2. dave dorsey

    I can’t function without lists. I don’t have the memory to keep more than a few items in my head even just running to the store.