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A solo productivity podcast presented by veteran film professional Carter Ferguson. If you are a creative person and would like to become more efficient and effective in your life and work, and ultimately happier, then this is the show for you.

Film Pro Productivity & Success Carter Ferguson

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    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

A solo productivity podcast presented by veteran film professional Carter Ferguson. If you are a creative person and would like to become more efficient and effective in your life and work, and ultimately happier, then this is the show for you.

    OPENING AND CLOSING DOORS - Episode 98

    OPENING AND CLOSING DOORS - Episode 98

    Generally, when I talk about opening and closing doors I am talking in terms of taking on too many things. As discussed in the last show you need to ruthlessly prioritize what you are getting yourself into and the best way to do that is to always be prepared to turn down what at first may appear to be an opportunity.

    For a full transcript of this episode please go to the official website https://www.filmproproductivity.com/


    You can find out more about the show on these links.

    OFFICIAL WEBSITE: https://www.filmproproductivity.com/

    TWITTER: @filmproprodpod

    FACEBOOK: @filmproproductivity

    CONTACT: https://www.filmproproductivity.com/contact

    INDIE FILM HUSTLE: https://indiefilmhustle.com/ifh-podcast-network-filmmaking-and-screenwriting/


    QUOTES:

    “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” Alexander Graham Bell

    "Close some doors today. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere." Paulo Coelho

    "Some doors are best left closed." George R. R. Martin


    SPONSOR

    This episode is sponsored by Scare Scotland. Providing creature actors, Scareactors and specialist talent for events, Film Productions, TV Productions, Scare tours and attractions.

    Official Website: https://www.scarescotland.co.uk/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScareScotland/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/scarescotland


    References:

    None


    Thanks:

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    • 10 min
    FOCUS ON THREE THINGS - Episode 97

    FOCUS ON THREE THINGS - Episode 97

    In this episode I’m backing a simple productivity concept - that focusing on no more than 3 things over a given period of time, not at the same time, but over a given period, could change everything for you. It may be more completely stated as "Focus on three things, ignore the rest."

    For a full transcript of this episode please go to the official website https://www.filmproproductivity.com/


    You can find out more about the show on these links.

    OFFICIAL WEBSITE: https://www.filmproproductivity.com/

    TWITTER: @filmproprodpod

    FACEBOOK: @filmproproductivity

    CONTACT: https://www.filmproproductivity.com/contact

    INDIE FILM HUSTLE: https://indiefilmhustle.com/ifh-podcast-network-filmmaking-and-screenwriting/


    QUOTES:

    “This is a ruthless world and one must be ruthless to cope with it." Charlie Chaplin

    “Past and current clients will smile at the title, as I always look to get them to distil their focus down to three things, no matter the size of the company, the complexity of the challenges, opportunities, issues they face.” Tom McCallum

    “We talk about it as ruthless prioritization and by that what we mean is - only do the very best of the ideas. Lots of times you have very good ideas but they're not as good as the most important thing you could be doing and you have to make the hard choices.” Sheryl Sandberg

    "People who can focus, get things done. People who can prioritize, get the right things done." John Maeda


    SPONSOR

    This episode is sponsored by Scare Scotland. Providing creature actors, Scareactors and specialist talent for events, Film Productions, TV Productions, Scare tours and attractions.

    Official Website: https://www.scarescotland.co.uk/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScareScotland/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/scarescotland


    References:

    https://www.inc.com/ami-kassar/the-mental-trick-that-can-help-you-ruthlessly-prioritize-your-goals.html

    https://www.inc.com/video/sheryl-sandberg/the-most-important-thing-we-learned-as-facebook-has-grown.html

    https://liveyourlegend.net/warren-buffetts-5-step-process-for-prioritizing-true-success-and-why-most-people-never-do-it/

    https://alifeofproductivity.com/rule-of-three/#:~:text=The%20rule%20is%20simple%3A,want%20to%20achieve%20this%20year.


    Thanks:

    A Himitsu

    Music By: Music by A Himitsu

    Track: Adventures by A Himitsu https://www.soundcloud.com/a-himitsu

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    • 10 min
    FIVE MOTIVATIONAL MESSAGES FROM ABO DEMI DEMI - Episode 96

    FIVE MOTIVATIONAL MESSAGES FROM ABO DEMI DEMI - Episode 96

    I follow one of life’s great philosophers on YouTube by the name of Demi Demi, who went viral a few years back with his video "Tough times never last, only tough people last". He did it with great style and a lot of fun and since then he’s released hundreds of short motivational videos which are always entertaining. In this show, I present 5 of his motivational speeches and discuss their content.


    For a full transcript of this episode please go to the official website https://www.filmproproductivity.com/


    You can find out more about the show on these links.

    OFFICIAL WEBSITE: https://www.filmproproductivity.com/

    TWITTER: @filmproprodpod

    FACEBOOK: @filmproproductivity

    CONTACT: https://www.filmproproductivity.com/contact

    INDIE FILM HUSTLE: https://indiefilmhustle.com/ifh-podcast-network-filmmaking-and-screenwriting/


    QUOTES:

    "No matter how high the eagle can fly. It need to come down and drink water." Demi Demi


    LINKS:

    LEARN TO CLAP YOUR HANDS FOR OTHERS WHILE YOU ARE WAITING FOR YOUR TURN - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLGhBM3bSZ8

    LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t01qY9Ci5Q4

    DON’T TRUST EASILY - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va5g20taVfQ

    DON’T ENTERTAIN NONSENSE - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jthnsbZmrU

    COMFORT ZONE IS THE BEAUTIFUL PLACE BUT NOTHING GROWS THERE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NyPR-8M1XI


    SPONSOR

    This episode is sponsored by Matt Herbert


    References:

    DEMI DEMI INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/demi_demi_9/?hl=en

    DEMI DEMI YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4O5K9RP2ES4EFKrpF6nuaw


    Thanks:

    A Himitsu

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    • 22 min
    BATCHING - Episode 95

    BATCHING - Episode 95

    Batching is simply the act of grouping tasks together, so you do them all at once, instead of switching between tasks that take place in areas.

    For a full transcript of this episode please go to the official website https://www.filmproproductivity.com/


    You can find out more about the show on these links.

    OFFICIAL WEBSITE: https://www.filmproproductivity.com/

    TWITTER: @filmproprodpod

    FACEBOOK: @filmproproductivity

    CONTACT: https://www.filmproproductivity.com/contact

    INDIE FILM HUSTLE: https://indiefilmhustle.com/ifh-podcast-network-filmmaking-and-screenwriting/


    QUOTES:

    “If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” Bruce Lee

    "Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort." Paul J. Meyer

    "If you want your life to have an impact, focus it! Stop dabbling. Stop trying to do it all. Do less. Prune away even good activities and do only that which matters most. Never confuse activity with productivity. You can be busy without a purpose, but what's the point?" Rick Warren


    SPONSOR

    This episode is sponsored by Petra Kolb.


    References:

    https://www.pyragraph.com/2013/05/good-fast-cheap-you-can-only-pick-two/

    Thanks:

    A Himitsu

    Music By: Music by A Himitsu

    Track: Adventures by A Himitsu https://www.soundcloud.com/a-himitsu

    Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b...

    Music released by Argofox https://www.youtu.be/8BXNwnxaVQE

    Music provided by Audio Library https://www.youtu.be/MkNeIUgNPQ8

    Contact the artist: x.jonaz@gmail.com

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    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgFwu-j5-xNJml2FtTrrB3A

    • 9 min
    GOOD FAST CHEAP - Episode 94

    GOOD FAST CHEAP - Episode 94

    Today’s episode highlights a simple rule that can be applied to virtually any project that we set out to do. It’s known in business terms as The Project Management Triangle but that uses the terms “cost,” “schedule,” and “scope”. In effect, it comes down to the same thing. You get what you pay for.

    For a full transcript of this episode please go to the official website https://www.filmproproductivity.com/


    You can find out more about the show on these links.

    OFFICIAL WEBSITE: https://www.filmproproductivity.com/

    TWITTER: @filmproprodpod

    FACEBOOK: @filmproproductivity

    CONTACT: https://www.filmproproductivity.com/contact

    INDIE FILM HUSTLE: https://indiefilmhustle.com/ifh-podcast-network-filmmaking-and-screenwriting/


    QUOTES:

    “Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change.” Richard Branson

    "There's a saying in the software design industry: Good. Fast. Cheap. Pick two." Larry Wall


    SPONSOR

    This episode is sponsored by Petra Kolb.


    References:

    https://www.pyragraph.com/2013/05/good-fast-cheap-you-can-only-pick-two/

    Thanks:

    A Himitsu

    Music By: Music by A Himitsu

    Track: Adventures by A Himitsu https://www.soundcloud.com/a-himitsu

    Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b...

    Music released by Argofox https://www.youtu.be/8BXNwnxaVQE

    Music provided by Audio Library https://www.youtu.be/MkNeIUgNPQ8

    Contact the artist: x.jonaz@gmail.com

    https://www.facebook.com/ahimitsuhttps://www.twitter.com/ahimitsu1

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgFwu-j5-xNJml2FtTrrB3A

    • 7 min
    CREATIVITY ON DEMAND - Episode 93

    CREATIVITY ON DEMAND - Episode 93

    Making something from nothing, or quickly solving a creative problem that comes up to bite you or your project in the ass is sometimes a really hard thing to do. Like catching lightning in a bottle, creativity on demand is simply not always easy.

    For a full transcript of this episode please go to the official website https://www.filmproproductivity.com/


    You can find out more about the show on these links.

    OFFICIAL WEBSITE: https://www.filmproproductivity.com/

    TWITTER: @filmproprodpod

    FACEBOOK: @filmproproductivity

    CONTACT: https://www.filmproproductivity.com/contact

    INDIE FILM HUSTLE: https://indiefilmhustle.com/ifh-podcast-network-filmmaking-and-screenwriting/


    QUOTES:

    “The goal isn’t to make something everyone will love; the goal is to get excited, and make a thing where something wasn’t before.” Will Wheaton

    "Creativity is often blocked by trying to be perfect. Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." Tony Robbins

    “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they sometimes think they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” Steve Jobs

    "Done is better than perfect" Sheryl Sandberg

    "Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self- solitude is the enemy of well-being." John Updike


    SPONSOR

    This episode is sponsored by Scare Scotland. Providing creature actors, Scareactors and specialist talent for events, Film Productions, TV Productions, Scare tours and attractions.

    Official Website: https://www.scarescotland.co.uk/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScareScotland/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/scarescotland


    References:

    https://99u.adobe.com/articles/7088/7-types-of-creative-block-and-what-to-do-about-them

    Thanks:

    A Himitsu

    Music By: Music by A Himitsu

    Track: Adventures by A Himitsu https://www.soundcloud.com/a-himitsu

    Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b...

    Music released by Argofox https://www.youtu.be/8BXNwnxaVQE

    Music provided by Audio Library https://www.youtu.be/MkNeIUgNPQ8

    Contact the artist: x.jonaz@gmail.com

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    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgFwu-j5-xNJml2FtTrrB3A

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

gsut ,

Like Blinkist for whole productivity strands

I’ve been following this podcast for a good while now and it’s really found it’s feet.

It’s not just for film people, but I think for anyone that is looking for hints, tips and strategies for life in generally to feel more focussed, in control and happier.

There are loads of bits I’ve picked up from what I’ve heard on it over the last couple of years that have helped me get better organised, and gain more of a sense of control at work. Many of these are now well imbedded in my daily life. There was also some great stuff at the start of the pandemic on stress, anxiety and pivoting to survive and make the most of the situation.

Most episodes take a productivity topic or strategy and break it down, with lots of detail from a huge range of sources. There is a lot of detail and research compared to some other shorter, more glib positivity self help podcasts. Here there are real world strategies, explored in some depth, with lots of great examples of how to actually apply some of the techniques.

Lately there have also been some really fascinating interviews with other productivity junkies that have some fascinating fresh perspectives.

Carter is also very listenable to and pretty frank and open about his own challenges in the past and how he’s used a lot if these techniques to manage them.

Well worth a listen for anyone interested in getting a greater sense of control in their lives, or just looking for productivity tips and signposts to other great podcasts and authors on the same subject.

Dive in to whatever episode sounds interesting to you and take it from there.

The Stephen Rowan Show ,

Informative and thought provoking

This one is a great addition to your regular podcast listening. The information and tone is spot on and it’s all delivered in a great manner. It’s filled with cracking tips and insights too help you progress in life and achieve more.

Ryan Hendrick ,

Informative & Reassuring

I enjoy listening to Carter’s show every week. I have had my own struggles in the film industry and it is reassuring to hear other people’s experiences and solutions. If anything just to reassure my own confidence that I am not the only one out there coming face to face with such unbelievable hurdles. I suspect this show helps many a creative get back up when they are down. Keep at it.

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