Ernest Hemingway was known to awaken between 5:30 and 6 o’clock in the morning, without fail, no matter how much he drank the night before. Perhaps old Hem was immune to hangovers. He also knew he had to do the first things first.
In a 1958 interview with the The Paris Review, Hemingway said, “When I am working on a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool and you come to your work and warm as you write…you may go on until noon or be through before that. When you stop you are 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.”
Hemingway knew what counted. He knew what to control.
Source: Huffington Post