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It’s Day 6 of ‘Ben Lee Week’, so here goes….

Ketchum is a small city in Idaho, most famous for being the place where Ernest Hemingway committed suicide in 1961.

I remember after hearing this song for the first time I wanted to understand more about Ketchum which in turn led me to finding more out about Hemingway. Hemingway was incredibly prolific writing more than ten novels and many more short stories, as well as living a life of adventure and travel. What I was particularly fascinated by were his habits for staying productive.

One of the first things I read was that Hemingway stood up whilst he wrote. Rather than engaging sedentary death he recognised that standing up helped with his creativity. If you are struggling to get your creative juices flowing, try getting up on your feet and see the difference that it makes.

Hemingway was famous for using the early hours of the day. He recognised that this was a time without disturbances and he could concentrate fully on his art. If you are struggling to find time to focus, get up early and use those hours to do the important things first.

Finally, Hemingway kept score. Visitors to his house often saw numbers written on a board that represented the words he had written in previous days. If you want to reward yourself for the progress you are making, learn to keep a regular count of your achievements.

Hemingway may have come to an untimely end in Ketchum, Idaho but there is still plenty we can learn from him.

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