Author of Massive Life Success, and founder of @ProcrastZero, Darius Foroux wrote an interesting piece on when to call it a day when it comes to work called “The Most Important Working Habit Of Hemingway: Stop At The Height of Your Day.” (And not You’ve got to know when to hold ’em/Know when to fold ’em.)
Hem’s mantra applies to everybody who carries out any kind of work – from housecleaning and sending emails to artist projects and entrepreneurial initiatives.
For Mr. Foroux, the lesson to be learned from Ernie H is essentially the following:
“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.”
But Papa also had this to pass on when it came to something else we can all relate to: How to stop worrying or getting stressed out day to day. When he’s asked, “How can you learn not to worry?” Hemingway answers:
“By not thinking about it. As soon as you start to think about it stop. Think about something else. You have to learn that.”
There are some other choice nuggets in the piece, but I’ll let Messrs Hemingway and Foroux explain in more detail themselves.