Happy Tax Day! 😅
Ernest Hemingway always rose early, around 5:30 or 6 when the sun was just rising. In a 1958 interview with The Paris Review, Hemingway explained why he always rose so early:
When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next, you go on from there. You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again. You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that. When you stop you are as empty, and at the same time never empty but filling, as when you have made love to someone you love. Nothing can hurt you, nothing can happen, nothing means anything until the next day when you do it again. It is the wait until that next day that is hard to get through.
The first time I read this, in the fantastic book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
, I was taken aback at the power of this strategy. Often we’re in the midst of deep work, whether that be writing, coding or strategizing and we don’t stop until we feel like all of our creative juices and energy has been exerted. With this simple strategy, we can retain our enthusiasm for the work, as most of our resistance always lies at the beginning of our work.
Give this a try the next time you encounter a “flow” moment and see if forcing yourself to stop actually makes you more productive in the long-run.
🍺 to a great week ahead!