Optimize Yourself | The #1 Destination For Creative Professionals
By Zack Arnold: Hollywood Film Editor, Documentary Director, Blogger, Father of 2
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Creative burnout doesn't have to be inevitable. Hosted by Zack Arnold (ACE), award-winning Hollywood film editor, documentary director, blogger, and father of 2, the Optimize Yourself podcast helps ambitious creative professionals like you who live sedentary lifestyles learn how to more efficiently manage your time, energy, and attention so you can maximize your focus and creativity and minimize depression and burnout. Learn how to combat the negative effects of working a sedentary job and become more active throughout your workday (without the need to “hit the gym”), develop laser-sharp creative focus and become a productivity ninja using programs like Trello and Omnifocus, find a little work-life balance amongst the insanity of 21st century living by eating better, sleeping better, and managing stress more effectively, and learn what it really takes to advance in your career as a creative professional and land your “dream job.” It’s time to start designing the optimized version of you.
||CleanEp16: Writing Your Own (Unique) Path to the Top | with Wendy Calhoun||#AdvanceYourself month continues where we’re diving into the weeds talking about taking practical, boots-on-the-ground action steps to move your creative career forwards, or more specifically to this episode, how to transition from climbing one...||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp15: Transitioning From 'Reality TV' to Scripted Drama | with Monica Daniel||'Advance Yourself' month continues where we’re diving into the weeds talking about taking practical, boots-on-the-ground action steps to move your career forwards, or more specifically in this episode how to transition from climbing one ladder to...||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp14: Are Creative and Tech Workers the New 'Blue Collar?' | with Maxim Jago||Up until maybe the last three to five years, when hearing the term “Blue Collar” one would immediately picture a coal miner, a steel worker, people working in factories, or other types of physically demanding manual labor jobs. But as our society...||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp13: The True Meaning of 'Below the Line' and How It Affects Your Career | with Mike J. Nichols||For those who work in the filmmaking industry, ‘Below the Line’ is a pretty common term, but in case you’re not familiar with it, it originated as an accounting term to separate the fixed costs of a film’s budget (actors, director, writers,...||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp12: The Right Way to Network In Hollywood | with Chris Visser||“How can I break into Hollywood or advance in my creative career if I don’t know anybody?” is a common question I receive via e-mail, when I speak at events, or when I teach at USC or online. Whenever someone sends me an email or Facebook...||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp11: Making It In Hollywood as a "Creative" (What They Don't Teach You In Film School) | with Norman Hollyn||“How can I break into Hollywood or advance in my creative career if there is no set path to follow?” is by far the most common question I receive via e-mail, when I speak at events, or when I teach at USC or online. Whenever someone sends me an...||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp10: Fueling Your Brain For Optimal Creativity | with Mark Sisson||I don’t know about you, but I’m really confused by the endless amounts of information available regarding nutrition. All you have to do is spend a couple hours reading the heated (and sometimes outright vicious) debates about the latest hot...||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp09: Everything You Need to Know About Food Shopping, Nutrition, and More | with Mira and Jayson Calton||In today’s digital world of information overload, the most controversial topic that causes the greatest amount of conflict and confusion (politics aside, of course) is nutrition. Rarely do I post anything on social media or via my inner circle email...||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp08: Advanced Sleep Technology and Biohacking | with Ben Greenfield||Prioritizing sleep is absolutely essential if you want to consistently generate creative thoughts and stay focused (and no...caffeine and Red Bull are not adequate replacements). But what options do you have if you work insane hours and getting the...||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp07: How to Sleep Smarter | with Shawn Stevenson||In many creative industries it is not uncommon to wear a 'Sleep Deprivation Badge of Honor' to the office every morning and champion how hard you work despite barely getting any sleep. Let me put this simply...this needs to stop. NOW. There is nothing...||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp06: Defining Your Purpose and Living Large | with Tony Horton||If you've ever found yourself stumbling to reach the finish line and you often fail to achieve your most important goals (don't worry, you're no different than the 92% of people who also don't achieve their goals), the problem isn't you, it isn't lack...||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp05: How to Develop 'Obstacle Immunity' | with Spartan Race founder Joe de Sena||Grit. Determination. Perseverance. Are these qualities you can build, or are you just born with them? In today's episode I interview the founder and CEO of The Spartan Race Joe De Sena. We discuss his background starting several businesses...||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp04: The Zen-like Art of 'Getting Things Done' | with David Allen||I'm commonly asked, "How in the world do you balance so many different projects at once?" In this episode I give away my secret weapon and the foundation of my entire productivity system - GTD. » Click here to download a summary of the GTD system...||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp03: The Science Behind Success and Creative Burnout (And Why You're Approaching Both Mostly Wrong) | with Eric Barker||If you work in a creative profession and put your heart and soul into everything you do, burnout (and ultimately depression) seems inevitable. You work crazy hours, you eat crap, your deadlines are insane, and you're stuck in front of a computer for...||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp02: Deskbound - Standing Up To a Sitting World | with Dr. Kelly Starrett||It's no secret: Sitting all day just plain sucks. But when working an intensely creative job for long hours, what other options do you have? The good news is there are now TONS of options, and if you're not sure where to start, this episode is...||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp01: Understanding the Link Between Creativity and Depression | with Dr. Edison de Mello||Creativity and mental health issues go together like peanut butter and jelly...or do they? According to the"Mad Genius Paradox," that may not be as true as we think. In the inaugural episode of the Optimize Yourself podcast I dive deep into the...||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS: Take Your Standing Workstation to the Next Level with the 'Topo Mat'||The standing desk revolution is upon us, but the number one complaint I hear from those who convert is that the transition is painful, and standing for long periods of time can get uncomfortable very quickly. After years of searching for a solution...||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS: The "HumanCharger" - A Revolutionary Light Therapy Device For 'Creatives' Who Live In the Dark||If you're a "creative professional" the chances are extremely high that you live in the dark. As a film editor, I have to spend all day in a dark room...it's just a requirement of the job. And while many people in my profession like to joke about...||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean[START HERE] The Beginner's Guide to Optimizing Yourself||Welcome to Optimize Yourself! If you’re a first-time listener, I’m grateful to have you with me and I appreciate you taking a little bit of time out of your crazy day to focus on finding a little balance and sanity amidst the chaos of 21st century...||8/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Honest and Helpful
I ahve enjoyed Zach's honesty and passion for helping creative professionals improve themselves and get the most out of life. I have been challenged through his work. Keep it coming!
As a creative professional (productivity blogger and coach) I've gotten countless takeaways from Zack's ideas of managing your stress and energy levels to maximize creative output (e.g. I am writing this review at my standing desk after my morning meditation).
I'm looking forward to continuing the journey of growth with Optimize Me.
- Zachary Sexton
Unlike some podcasts, Zack easiliy shares the mic with his guests, so the listener gets both Zack's and the guest's viewpoints and knowledge. I've already put some of his suggestiones into my work environment (e.g., Topo mat for my standing desk) and hope to implement others.