Fitness In Post

Going paperless in post-production is a task I assumed was impossible no less than a year ago. With the endless amount of script pages, notes, camera reports and the like, I assumed there was no way to rid my life of paper. In the last year, however, I have solved this dilemma and gone paperless. It's real, and it's fantastic.

In this episode I have a conversation with Asian Efficiency expert Zack Sexton about how to go paperless as well as how to manage documents with Evernote and Google Drive. Moreover we geek out on my favorite productivity tool on the planet Trello.

If you'd like to learn more about how I use these tools to save tons of precious time every day, I have written a helpful document to walk you through my daily use of Evernote, Google Drive, and Trello in a busy post-production environment.

Click here to download our free document to boost your productivity

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Topics of Conversation:

- Where to start when going paperless and how to come up with a system

- Using Evernote for scanning papers right into your phone and collecting it in one place

- My personal story of where I started with going paperless and how I got started

- How my assistant and I manage daily paperwork via Google Drive

- How I use Trello to manage all of my notes from directors and producers

- Why you shouldn't completely shun paper like I have

- How to manage projects in a collaborative environment with Trello and why e-mail is the worst task manager on the planet

- Managing project conversations with Slack

- How to stay focused on a specific project by using 'Mindsets' to filter information you don't need at a given time

- How to manage notifications to minimize distractions during work

- How all of these productivity secrets fit into the big picture of optimizing yourself for maximum creativity

Useful Links:

FiP Ep38 "Task Management and Establishing Rituals"

FiP Ep23 "Hacking Your Productivity"

Fujitsu ScanSnap at Amazon


David Allen's "Getting Things Done"

OmniFocus Task Manager

Asian Efficiency 'OmniFocus Premium Posts'


The Productivity Show on iTunes

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, 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.


Direct download: FiP_ep51_ZackSexton.mp3
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The following is a reading of my blog post "How to Overcome Post-Production Burnout" located at

Thank you for listening. Be well

Direct download: FiP_BlogReading_BurnoutRecovery.m4a
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Jim Read is a a highly sought after graphic designer and creative director. He works long hours and also has three children but somehow manages to fit competitive cycling into his already ridiculous schedule. Four years ago Jim lived the same sedentary lifestyle we all struggle to overcome; he was overweight, had bad eating habits, and incorporated little to no activity into his day. Then one Thanksgiving he realized that if something didn’t change in his life, in ten years he would be facing a terrible health crisis.

In this episode Jim and I talk about Jim's journey going from overweight and out of shape to putting his life back together, and then ultimately becoming a competitive cyclist.

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Topics of Conversation:

- How Jim manages to make time for THREE different jobs - working as a graphic designer, a father to three children and cycling

- Jim’s story of how he went from sitting behind his desk to spin classes at the YMCA to competitive cycling

- Jim’s simple solution to sticking with a diet and exercise program

- How generating momentum was one of the keys to Jim’s success

- Food addiction is a real problem. We discuss how to manage junk food cravings around the home and office

- Jim gives us some helpful digital tools for anyone who is serious about cycling

- We discuss how time management and efficiency helped Jim fit cycling into his busy schedule  

- Sleep is also incredibly important! If you can’t recover with a good night’s rest, you can’t maintain this sort of lifestyle

- How to “gamify” the small tasks in your life so you can become more efficient at doing them

- Working with your limitations not against them

- Jim talks about the dark side of competing at this level--injuries, losing and it’s tough on the mind and body. Make sure you do this safely!

Useful Links:

Finding Ultra

Strava Cycling and Running App

Training Peaks


Sleep Cycle alarm app

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.

Direct download: FiP_ep50_JimRead.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:38pm PST

Kenn Bell is a filmmaking everyman: He has directed, edited, produced, been a director of photography, created his own name it, Ken has experience doing it. His crowning achievement is the immensely popular web series and website The Dog Files.
But our conversation today is not about filmmaking, it's about Ken's lifelong journey of yo-yo dieting and gaining, losing, gaining again, and often losing upwards of 75 to 100 pounds. We discuss the many things he did that didn't work, but more importantly we talk about the strategies he has used to keep the weight off on a more permanent basis, and how the quality of his life has changed drastically because of these changes.
If you want to end deprivation and crash diets and find lifelong changes that last (and that you enjoy), then Ken's story is for you.
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Topics of Conversation:

- Ken's background as a filmmaker and animal advocate

- How Ken will spend years on a single project, how that has affected his health, and why he decided it was time to focus on his health to be a better filmmaker

- Ken discovering the power of walking and how powerful it can be for losing weight

- How being overweight made it incredibly hard for Ken to shoot docs in the field and how it was a warning sign to make a change

- Ken discovering The 10-Day Detox Diet and deciding to eliminate sugar from his diet

- Ken's strategies for dealing with traveling and conventions

- Ken's experience detoxing from sugar and how it is akin to detoxing from heroine, but how after 5 days he felt like he could take over the world

- How just changing his cooking methods helped Ken effortlessly lose weight

- How Ken starting making 'lifestyle choices' rather than choosing 'diets'

- The specific things Ken did that DIDN'T work (e.g. Weight Watchers)

- Ken's recipe for his morning smoothie that helps him lose weight

- How making an investment in your health now is like a 401k 

Useful Links:

Ken's Website The Dog Files

Dr. Mark Hyman's 10-Day Detox Diet

My review of the book 'Rich Food, Poor Food'

The documentary film 'Fed Up'

The Calorie Myth

Nutribullet Products over at the FiP Store


Brain Octane Oil

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, and this show is executive produced by Kanen FlowersWe 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.


Direct download: FiP_ep49_KennBell.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:01pm PST