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  • ✚ My Approach to Learning New Things and Taking Action

    Wed 12:19pm By Shawn Blanc
    This morning I was tidying up the books on my dresser and realized I had about 8 different books related to finances that I’d recently been studying. And that got me thinking about my general approach to learning new things and taking action on them. Thus,…
  • ✚ Money First, Then Exercise

    Apr 12, 2018, 4:18 pm By Shawn Blanc
    True story: One of the best things I ever did for my health was to get my finances onto a budget. Yep. Several years ago my wife and I started doing a cash envelope system for our monthly expenses. We started being very focused and intentional about budgeting.…
  • ✚ Thoughts After One Year of Focused, 8-Week Work Cycles

    Mar 2, 2018, 7:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    As you probably know, a little over a year ago we started experimenting with an 8-week work cycle here at Blanc Media HQ. They look like this: (You can read all about the what and why in this detailed article here if you want.) We are just now wrapping up our…
  • ✚ Ship when it’s useful, not when it’s done

    Feb 23, 2018, 10:15 am By Shawn Blanc
    Something I have kept in front of me for the past six months or so has been this mindset: Ship it when it’s useful, not when it’s done. (I think it was Jason Fried who said it, but if not it sounds like something he would say.) This metric of shipping when…
  • Live, Interactive Workshop with Yours Truly on Focus

    Feb 9, 2018, 10:20 am By Shawn Blanc
    This coming Wednesday, Feb 14, I am hosting a live, online workshop called The Fundamentals of Focus. It’s in partnership with my good friend, Tim Stringer. Tim is hosting the event and managing all the technical aspects, and I will be doing all the…
  • ✚ Monk Mode for All the Things

    Feb 2, 2018, 11:32 am By Shawn Blanc
    This week I have been in monk mode, working on the video tutorial screencasts for All the Things. Things are coming together (no pun intended), and they’re looking awesome! I purchased ScreenFlow 7 from the Mac App Store on Monday and have already spent a…
  • ✚ Behind the Scenes: Shooting Video for ‘All the Things’

    Jan 26, 2018, 11:29 am By Shawn Blanc
    Yesterday we shot eight of the videos for All the Things. Many people have asked me about my video recording setup, so I thought it’d be fun to share some behind-the-scenes details from yesterday’s shoot, and also walk you through our process and the gear…
  • Keeping a Commonplace Book with Ulysses or Day One

    Jan 25, 2018, 8:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    Ryan Holiday defines a commonplace book thusly: A commonplace book is a central resource or depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations and information you come across during your life and didactic pursuits. More or less, my commonplace book exists…
  • ✚ The Difference Between a Goal and a Project

    Jan 24, 2018, 5:09 pm By Shawn Blanc
    The former you want to do; the latter you have to do. Goals move your life in the direction you want. Projects keep things afloat today. Don’t automate or delegate your goals. Treasure them. Enjoy them. Accomplish them at all costs. Projects….? Well, go…
  • The Best Task-Management App

    Jan 23, 2018, 2:14 pm By Shawn Blanc
    After considerable deliberation, over on The Sweet Setup, Things 3 has become our new pick for the best productivity app. I was an avid Things user way back in the day, but then switched to OmniFocus because of over-the-air sync. About a year ago I switched to…
  • Using an iPad for photography workflows

    Jan 22, 2018, 11:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    Over on The Sweet Setup, Marius Masalar wrote an epic article detailing how to use an iPad for your photography workflows. I’m still loving and using my Olympus gear, but I can’t remember the last time I opened up Lightroom on my Mac. These days I import,…
  • The Full Focus Planner

    Jan 21, 2018, 8:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of notebooks, if you like the idea of using an analog notebook but you do not like the idea of filling in all the details on your own, you should definitely check out Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner. In my office I’ve got one each of the…
  • ✚ Matt Ragland’s Minimalist Bullet Journal for Productivity

    8:00am By Shawn Blanc
    A few weeks ago my friend, Matt Ragland, posted this video showcasing how he uses his notebook for planning out his day, week, and month. There are two things I like about this video. For one, Matt’s journal is not a picturesque scrapbook. While I love the…
  • ✚ The Law of Diminishing Intent

    Fri 8:00am By Shawn Blanc
    This is a principle that Jim Rohn taught. It goes like this: The longer you wait to take action, the less likely you are to take action. Meaning, when you get clarity about something because of a lightbulb moment when in the shower, or you get advice from…