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The Most Important Working Habit Of Hemingway: Stop At The Height of Your Day

“Always stop while you are going good and don’t think about it or worry about it until you start to write the next day. That way your subconscious will work on it all the time. But if you think about it consciously or worry about it you will kill it and your brain will be tired before you start.”

Knowing when to stop.

Instead, stop working at the height of your day.

  • I could probably work for another hour.
  • I could probably write another 500 words.
  • I could probably create one more beat.
  • I could probably write one more chapter of this report.
  • I could probably code thirty minutes longer.
  • I could probably finish one more design.
  • I could probably answer 10 more emails.

“But how do you stop thinking about work?”

“By not thinking about it. As soon as you start to think about it stop it. Think about something else. You have to learn that.”

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