There are a lot of really great artists out there. They are creative and their visuals are amazing. What sets me apart from most of these is my need to be more efficient with the creation process. I constantly review the steps I do on a project and try to figure ways to eliminate or automate any of them. I do this while also maintaining or improving quality.
If I find myself doing something repeatedly, I can usually generate a formula, macro, action or script to do it for me. This is most helpful with the mundane parts of creative tasks. The reward is time that can be used to focus on the product rather than the process.