Image credits: Sonny Rollins —

We all have our morning ritual. Coffee. Shower. Exercise. Meditate. Chant or Pray. Hemingway’s was to get up every morning at the glimpse of daylight, 5:30 or 6:00 AM. It didn’t matter if he’d imbibed the evening before. He was up writing. His ritual. We are what we repeatedly do, claimed Aristotle. That could be a good or bad thing.

But when is it time to break your ritual?

We’ve all read the lists on the habits of successful entrepreneurs. The routine of Mark Zuckerberg wearing the same t-shirt, Richard Branson swimming in the morning, Tory Burch reading emails at 5:45. While Hemingway wrote in the morning, his evening ritual was double daiquiris. Whether an evening drink or burrowing away at work, when do our rituals work against us?

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