Focus is key to creativity and productivity

Try and plan your day so that you avoid being distracted when it matters most.

Episode 4

Welcome to episode 4 of the Get Work Savvy podcast, this week we learn about Mair, a professional animator and illustrator.

Mair knew that she wanted to find a job that would use her creativity and talent as an artist, but like so many of us, she found herself in a position where she was told that she wasn’t good enough.
Unlike most, Mair took the feedback given to her and she worked on her skills to eventually find herself on a course that didn’t appeal to her at first.
To find out the whole story be sure to listen to the entire episode, I promise you won’t be disappointed. This can be found embedded lower down in this page, or in the all good podcast provides by searching Get Work Savvy.
Mair refers to the following quotes, which I think are brilliant motivation for you if you too find yourself in a situation that you are not expecting or if your feeling stuck.

My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?

David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Done is better than perfect.

Sheryl Sandberg

Make the most of the opportunities that you have

Not only did Mair persist in finding a career that she was passionate about, but she has also taken on all opportunities as and when they have presented themselves.
Having gone to university and although enjoying every minute, I do look back and think about the opportunities that actually did miss out on. If I was to do it all again, I would be sure to take Mair’s approach into consideration.
Again, to find out what tactics she used please listen to the show on the player found below or by searching for Get Work Savvy on the podcast app of your choice.

Recommended Books

Mair recommends the following books, links have been provided if you are interested in purchasing a copy.
  • Design is a job by Mike Monteiro

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  • The Freelance Manifesto: A Field Guide for the Modern Motion Designer by Joey Korenman

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  • The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss

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  • Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss

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  • Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

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Key Takeaways

Mind map

An excellent tool for capturing your ideas, simply grab a sheet of paper and a pen/pencil and write out your thoughts and ideas. This is used especially by creatives.

Collaborate with specialists

Often we fall in the trap of trying to be all things to everyone, instead try to find someone with an area of expertise that you can collaborate with.

Plan your day

To improve productivity and focus only tackle 1 job at a time. Plan your time out and work in blocks, batch tasks into simular areas, such as admin and design. This will help you to avoid the unproductive multitasking trap.

Take or make the opportunities that you have!

If you are still in education, then take all the oppotunities you have, attend extra classes if they are on offer, work with others on projects in the area you are interested and where possible try to get work experience. Even if this means you simply working on a project and advertising it on social media or YouTube.

Your Education is your Full Time Job!

Similar to above, make the most of your time in education. By treating it as your full-time job, not only will it ensure you put the work in. But also it will help when adjusting to the world of work!

Service Level Agreement

When working with clients, it is important to ensure you agree on the work that you are to complete, including the additional costs involved for extra work or changes to the agreed brief.


You don’t need millions of pounds or an investor to start your business. Sure they would be nice, but you can start small and then reinvest the profits you make back into the business.