[Podcast] Ep 47: Master Trainer Maxim Jago on Being a More Efficient Editor

Maxim Jago is literally “the guy that wrote the book on Avid and Adobe Premiere.” He’s also an award winning director, tech author, award winning screenwriter, futurist…you name it, this guy knows something about it.

We talk specifically about how to become more focused and centered at work and in life, how to organize your day, and even specifics tips and tricks to organize your timeline, projects, bins, folders, whatever it takes to get more done during the day.

We go from giant meta concepts to specific action steps in a single sentence, so stay focused and you may come away with some game-changing ways to enhance your day.

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Zack’s morning routine and how it increases his productivity, then we segue into Maxim’s morning routine which is very different but equally effective
  • Why a morning routine isn’t a set thing and can be tailored to when you have the most creative energy during the day (i.e. budgeting your energy)
  • How making decisions requires energy and that energy is a finite resource, so you have to build up your capacity for mental focus over time
  • How incorporating meditation into your day can drastically increase your productivity
  • The importance of slowing down and how it can actually increase your productivity drastically (and how this technique can even include cat videos on YouTube!)
  • Hacking all-nighters with exercise instead of caffeine and stimulants
  • Why you shouldn’t be ashamed of that afternoon nap (and why NASA agrees)
  • How to structure your day around focused periods of work and breaks ((i.e. The ‘Pomodoro’ techique) rather than just droning on all day long trying to get stuff done
  • How the brain absolutely cannot multitask and how micro distractions can drastically derail your efficiency
  • How stress is a biological barrier to memory creation and even creative thought
  • Why focusing on stress management is the ultimate productivity hack
  • Why naming your bins and organizing your media is ESSENTIAL to being a fast and productive editor (and why)
  • Using Evernote and OmniFocus to prioritize your goals and your day
  • How to maximize naming your sequences and versioning
  • The myth of ‘Picture Lock’
  • How your ability to access material very quickly can make or break whether or not you get hired on the next job
  • Learning to hone your first instincts

Useful Links:

The Nutreínce mutlivitamin powder I put in my water in the morning

FiP Ep 23: ‘Hacking Your Productivity’ with Zack Sexton

FiP Ep 38: ‘Task Management and Establishing Rituals’ with Zack Sexton

A Classic Case of Post-Production Burnout

Headspace meditation app

Bulletproof Coffee Kit

Study showing 52 minutes on 17 minutes off is the optimal pomodoro

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.


Zack Arnold (ACE) is an award-winning Hollywood film editor (Cobra Kai, Empire, Burn Notice, Unsolved, Glee), a documentary director, father of 2, and the creator of the Optimize Yourself program. He helps ambitious creative professionals and entrepreneurs DO better and BE better. “Doing” better means learning how to more effectively manage your time, your energy, and your creativity so you can produce higher quality work in less time (and ultimately become a productivity ninja). “Being” better means doing all of the above while still prioritizing the most important people, things, and passions in your life…all without sacrificing your health (or sanity) in the process. Click to download Zack’s “Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Creativity (And Avoiding Burnout).”