Auerbach has a strict method: he paints and repaints his sitters, often scraping his paintings down to the canvas after each of the many sittings, and becomes agitated, weepy even if they're even a few minutes late for their weekly sessions. From such a destructive method come paintings which will always happen 'in one take' at a final sitting. (Where they haven't met his standards, he has been known to buy back and destroy an inferior painting, sometimes years after completion.)
"It seems to me madness to wake up in the morning and do something other than paint, considering that one may not wake up the following morning." Outside of this regime, he does little, sleeping in the studio most nights, rising at dawn to begin sketching on the streets in the area around his studio in Camden (the floor of his old studio, which was previously Leon Kossoff's, was described in Robert Hughes's biography with its floor "encrusted with a deposit of dried paint").
He rarely leaves London, and used to take just one day's holiday a year, to Brighton.