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  • 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

    Jan 20, 2018, 8:00 am 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

    Jan 19, 2018, 8:00 am 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…
  • Live, Interactive Workshop with Yours Truly

    8:00am By Shawn Blanc
    Okay, this is going to be a lot of fun. In about a month from now, on February 14, I’m hosting a live, interactive, virtual workshop. (i.e. the whole thing will be online, and it’s not a webinar). During the workshop, we’ll be going through a good amount…
  • Loving This Music by Jordan Critz

    Wed 8:00am By Shawn Blanc
    A few weeks ago, thanks to the “Pure Focus” playlist put together by Apple Music editors, I discovered some new music by Jordan Critz. Critz is a composer and has done quite a bit of work for movies and television. But last year he stopped writing for…
  • Last Call for Plan Your Year Access

    Jan 16, 2018, 8:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    Just wanted to give you all a heads up that right now is your last chance day to get access to Plan Your Year. This evening I will be closing the doors and you’ll have to wait until 2019. What makes Plan Your Year so cool is that it’s a “done for you”…
  • Let’s bury the hustle

    Jan 15, 2018, 8:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    David Heinemeier Hansson writing for the Basecamp blog: You’re not very likely to find that key insight or breakthrough idea north of the 14th hour. Creativity, progress, and impact does not yield easily or commonly to brute force. I love that last line.…