There is a quote I read today by Haruki Murakami that really made me sit back and think about how I handle all my daily task and projects. Especially with my obsession lately for absolute peak performance in my life.
“When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at four a.m. and work for five or six hours. In the afternoon, I run for ten kilometers or swim for fifteen-hundred meters (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music. I go to bed at nine p.m. I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to read a deeper state of mind. But to hold to such a repetition for so long-six months to a year-requires a good amount of mental and physical strength. In that sense, writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity.”