Hemingway’s Hack for Afternoon Productivity
Our energy levels drop off in the early afternoon until a predictable crash at around 3 PM.
It’s easy to keep riding the pre-afternoon high of our natural boost in energy, but fully completing a task at this point can actually be detrimental to your ability to get back in the swing of things after lunch.
So instead of neatly wrapping up that task before you break for lunch, follow this simple productivity hack from Ernest Hemingway:
Stop while you’re ahead.
You’re lowering the psychological barrier to returning to work as there’s no question of where you want to start.
This trick can be applied to any job.
Whether you’re banging out customer support tickets, putting together a new strategy doc, or editing your slide deck for a presentation, the key is to stop not when you’re finished, but when you know exactly what to do next.