This is the second interview in the Creative Professional Series, where I interview people who use the creativity to monetize their work. This week, I had the opportunity to talk with Lindsey Hazel. Lindsey’s site Hazel Haven helps people develop their systems and workflow, especially when it comes to opt-ins.
What does your average workday look like?
- Eat breakfast
- Work on home
- After lunch, productive creativity.
Resource: Calendly – an app that lets you schedule client side time for working with people within a timeline.
Use quarterly goals to manage the need to say no
Lindsey sets bigger quarterly goals to stay focused and allow her to say no to the things that distract from those biggers goals.
Done is better than perfect
I love this phrase that I hear from Lindsey often. It just reminds me of the nature of creative work. It just has to get done. Lindsey uses the work, Procrasti-perfect, to describe how we often pursue perfection as a way to procrastinate. I’ve seen this in myself and many other creative professionals as well.
The Pomodoro technique manages creative time by setting limits to individual tasks. It’s used by many creatives to help them stay on task.
Parkinson’s law is a research idea that simply says that work expands to fit the time available. Basically, you will use as much time as you have to get your work done, even if it should take less time to finish a task that the time you have available.
How has your system changed through the years?
When she had a 7-7 job, she had other people’s to do list. Now she can make sure the hours she does work count. She replenishes herself with time away from the computer.
She also manages her time more efficiently now by keeping a good to-do list and setting goals she wants to hit. Mindset matters. Say to yourself, I am doing this right now, instead of one day I want to do this.
Key Takeaway: Take Care of Yourself
This book develops that mindset of confidence that helps you get more work done. It helps you focus your efforts.
How do you keep your creativity up?
Lindsey channels her background in art to keep her creativity up. She also loves being outside.
Be sure to check out Lindsey’s website: