How I Work

Life Hacker has a great interview series called “How I Work” that asks writers, CEOS, tech geeks, artists, and other creative/productive folks to explain the how, not the what, of their work process. Dig deep into details about everything from the gadgets they use to their work spaces (photos included), their favorite music playlists, and ahowIworkll-time best time-saving tricks.

I did an interview in their series, which you can read here.

I was completely honest about my work quirks — things that seem like the opposite of what you should do, but that totally work for me (e.g. listen to loud dance music when you need to focus; stay up all night; never make a to-do list; keep your desk a mess; procrastinate a lot).

Read more fun interviews in the How I Work Series at LifeHacker.
And you can also tell me in the comments: Do you have a favorite music genre/playlist/internet radio station/old-fashioned album you listen to when you work?


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  1. Dear Kelly, Thanks so much for doing and sharing this interview. It came just at a time when I’m actually beginning to accept and appreciate my own work processes!

    I’m also a closet introvert, a nite owl, and (I see now) a productive procrastinator. Your post came just at the time when I noticed that what the inner critic part of me says is wasting time or avoiding “real work” so often turns out to be exactly the info or inspiration I need to do really good work with clients.

    Your interview helped me see and appreciate that I, too, “may have built my career on web searches I’ve done when I should have been doing something else.”

    Thanks so much for your work and for sharing your journey!

    Kathy Burke Executive Coach & Leadership Consultant

    Sent from my iPad

  2. I stumbled across your TED talk regarding stress done in the summer of 2013. It had a huge impact on me. So much so, that I looked into your work a little more closely. I’ve now read your How I Work interview and I’ve finally received validation that the way I work does not make me an insane person. Mainly because I work largely in the same as you! For example, without a doubt my most creative and productive time is in the middle of the night while the rest of the world sleeps. Loud dance music (which I’ve always thought of as “happy music”) is what motivates me. And the productive procrastination is a beautiful expression which personally, I’ve always “thought” was a bad thing. However waiting until the last minute to accomplish something gives you plenty of time to have gathered data about the project in your mind, and then the sense of urgency spikes the adrenaline, which I’ve learned through your TED talk prepares your body and mind for peak functioning. This is an incredible validation for me!

    Thank you, Kelly, keep up the excellent work.

  3. I most creative when I’m up all night as well as procrastinating. It gives that extra push, which I feel is because of the stress & exhilaration of counting down to the deadline. And I’m just more creative & “awake” at night 🙂

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