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Grace under (deadline) pressure – the Hemingway peak time technique

October 12, 2012

Grace under pressure when you are under deadline pressure – Learn from Hemingway

Hollywood and Facebook exec Chris Adams knows what it’s like to have to “be creative” under intense deadline pressure.

Chris Adams – writer, Hollywood and Facebook exec, Hemingway fan

He was responsible for green lighting movies such as An Inconvenient Truth and Syriana.

These days Chris lives in Brisbane (married to a “Brisbane girl”) and he always seems to juggling multiple projects at the same time.

I was keen to learn how he always seems to appear so cool under pressure when we catch up to record videos for the Chris Adams Project.

I like Chris’s no-BS advice about how creativity is hard work – but he also has practical tips on how to find your peak time and get into a state of flow.

As a writer, Chris found his personal peak time matched Hemingway’s time – 8 a.m. – 12 noon.

I found that Chris was a Hemingway fan and I shared with him a great little café/bar (Hemingway’s) I visited on a family school holiday break to Manly, NSW.

In this video Chris shares how you can:

  • Protect your muse
  • Know your time
  • Sit down and get it done

Interestingly, Hemingway would often write standing up!

Chris shared with me how Hemingway (for all his wild persona) was actually very disciplined when it came to his writing.

Hemingway found his preferred time and space that helped him write most effectively

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Who is writing this?

I’m Tony Biancotti – an Australian  journalist turned communication consultant and I learn lots from former Hollywood exec and Facebook exec Chris Adams (who now lives in Brisbane). Chris and I catch up every month or so and I capture his views (on business, presenting, pitching etc) on camera. I write the text (my opinion)  in these posts and Chris gives his opinion in the video.

Here is another video where Chris shares his advice on getting things done under deadline pressure.

I was keen to learn from Chris about his “method” of getting things done.

Every time I catch up with him to capture his advice on video, he seems to be juggling so many different projects AND YET he seems so focussed and effective on the task at hand.

In between all his other projects – he has been writing a chapter for a new book on Online Marketing.

Chris has learned how to find his personal peak performance time.

In his video Chris shares:

  • How to develop a “feel” for the right time to perform at your peak time
  • How to create a physical and mental space for peak performance
  • How he tried the conventional scheduling techniques but found better ways by “knowing” his energy rhythms.

If you enjoyed Chris’s tips and warnings – here are links to other contributions Chris has made to different projects:




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One Comment
  1. Reblogged this on efangelist and commented:

    An earlier post. I was looking through my Hemingway files and found this.

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