He described his daily routine by saying, “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.”
Along with Hemingway’s famous routine, there are multitudes more that adhere to a set time to do their work. There are many other prolific writers, artists and scientists who do this – a good book that expounds on this is by Mason Currey, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work.
He shares the key to success by studying only the best.
What is the key to success? It’s simple.
Do the most important thing first each day.
Do This and Change Your Life
Popular belief dictates that the most creative people are filled with spontaneity and that results from sporadic work schedules with no form of consistency. Now this may be true for a small minority – but the most inventive creators in life are those who work on their craft at the same time day in and day out.
If there is one aspect that separates the successful people from the masses it is that they understand what they do first sets the tone for the rest of the day.
The first hour of the day should be dedicated to whatever is most paramount during that week. For instance, it may be working on your business, writing your book, marketing your product – just make sure it is productive and important (often what we want to do the least, is what we need to do the most).
Our brain reaches its zenith with regards to vitality in the early waking hours – a time where creativity burns through our minds and can flush out onto whatever it is that we use it towards. I am a living example of how doing the most important thing first has changed my life.
Don’t Waste Your Best Hours
A few years ago, the first thing I would do when I woke was surf the internet – a terrible waste of time. Now, the first thing I do when I wake up is work on one of my businesses; I review the numbers, alter marketing strategies if I have to, and develop further business plans.
It just so happens that social media is part of my business plan, which is why in my case, I would go on it in the morning – but productively and without extraneous scrolling through the newsfeed. (Although I only check mail once a day, usually at night).
Instead of waking up and browsing aimlessly on the internet and social media, or even worse, watching TV – do something that will benefit you. Habits are made by will power, but will power is not enough to sustain your momentum – you need longevity. I know this from trial and error – to achieve anything in life, you must be consistent. Make a daily routine.
The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine. – Mike Murdock
Action Plan to be a Productive Person
The night before you go to bed, plan out at least three things you want will get done tomorrow and then focus on the most important one as soon as you wake up. This will ensure you will have a productive day by taking the steps to achieve happiness knowing you did the most critical activity first.
A lot of people may be wondering, what is the most important thing I should do? This is a great question, something that you should look into more and if you cannot find something that calls your attention and will impact you beneficially, you can always read for the first hour. But instead of reading any old book, read one that will change your mindset for the better.
Some days I will read a book in the morning – one that motivates me to be a better person. After I finish reading for about an hour I will feel an aura of euphoria an urge of endless creativity – excited for my day.
Whether we know it or not, or minds are programmed by what we feed it and too many of us neglect giving our mind the proper nourishment. I would implore you to change the content of your life dramatically if you are not feeling the way life is supposed to feel – euphoric, happy, passionate and the an overarching love for life.
In my first post, I noted some books that would greatly increase your happiness and worldview to profound levels.
The first hour starts the course of your day. If you start with something unproductive then you most likely will set that as the tone for the day. That is why it is so important to understand that you cause your destiny, outside events do not dictate who you will become. Change your life by changing your first hour of the day. Great lives where made by conscious thought, not by happenstance.
Your daily routine is a profoundly accurate testament of your future; be productive and be consistent – Nicholas Piva
Not A Morning Person?
Throughout the book, he writes about the lives of many prolific writers, artists and scientists and each one has their own set of hours when they work on their craft.
“Do the most important thing first” can also be translated into “do the most important thing at a set time everyday”. Many of the most successful people are night owls, they cherish the quiet hours of the night and feel more creative and ingenious with their work.
I am personally an early riser and I like to do it in the morning – but that is completely subjective. Understand who you are and when you do your most creative work – and then do it at the same time everyday.
The beginning stages will be the tumultuous – but carry through because will power doesn’t sustain forever – you must develop a constant routine.