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  • Lecharl (Sponsor)

    4h By Shawn Blanc
    Lecharl is a watchmaker brand from Sweden. Our vision is to create beautiful, timeless and elegant timepieces, where classic and modern design seamlessly merges. When it comes to design and quality, we at Lecharl follow our own mind and vision, … (More)✚
  • ✚ Thoughts on Meaningful Productivity

    10:14am By Shawn Blanc
    It’s the end of the day. I work downstairs, so for me, closing up the office is as simple as stepping away from my desk and walking up the half-flight of stairs. I’ve had this 30-second commute since 2011, which … (More)
  • ✚ How to Have an Awesome Holiday

    Nov 23, 2015, 10:56 am By Shawn Blanc
    1. Be Thankful This seems like a no-brainer, right? But it’s not. At least, not for me. When you’ve got time off from work, your family is in town, and you’re in a good mood, it can be easy to … (More)
  • ✚ Announcing The Elements of Focus (A Free Video Class)

    Nov 17, 2015, 9:17 am By Shawn Blanc
    I’m doing something crazy. And it’s going to be a lot of fun… With the new year just around the corner, you’re thinking about what you want to do better in 2016. As you should. You have incredible things to … (More)
  • ✚ “The Fight To Stay Creative” (Video of My Talk from Circles Conference)

    Nov 16, 2015, 9:15 am By Shawn Blanc
    This is my talk from the 2015 Circles Conference in Dallas, Texas. Circles is an absolutely fantastic event, and it was such an honor to go. I was fortunate enough to be the very first speaker. Which meant two things: … (More)
  • Available Now: ‘Day One In Depth’ eBook

    Nov 10, 2015, 5:26 pm By Shawn Blanc
    As you may have noticed from yesterday’s link, myself and the team over at The Sweet Setup have been working on a brand new iBook. It’s called Day One In Depth, and it’s available now on iBooks. This book is … (More)✚
  • What’s In My Day One?

    Nov 9, 2015, 2:12 pm By Shawn Blanc
    This morning, over on The Sweet Setup, is an article from yours truly about how and why I use the awesome Day One journaling app. As I mention in the article, what’s special about Day One is how well designed … (More)✚
  • ✚ On Dialing Down, Saying “No”, and Making Time

    Nov 5, 2015, 5:02 pm By Shawn Blanc
    In addition to my own efforts to dial down and re-focus on doing the things which are most important and most enjoyable to me, I’ve come across a handful of other folks doing the same. Below are a few links … (More)
  • Hoban Cards – Minimal Letterpress Printing (Sponsor)

    Nov 5, 2015, 2:55 pm By Shawn Blanc
    In 2011, Evan Calkins had an idea to help minimize the cost of custom letterpress printing by launching a tiny one page website called Hoban Cards. It leveraged pre designed calling card templates to streamline the printing process while still … (More)✚
  • The Tools & Toys 2015 Christmas Catalog

    Nov 5, 2015, 2:47 pm By Shawn Blanc
    It’s the first week of November, which means our annual Tools & Toys Christmas Catalog is here. Wow! As fun and playful as Tools & Toys is, I also like to toss in a dash of thoughtfulness whenever possible. And … (More)✚
  • ✚ How I Stay Sane When Life Feels Extra Busy

    Nov 4, 2015, 10:04 am By Shawn Blanc
    Fall is by far and away my favorite time of year. There’s awesome about the combination of crisp weather, a lit candle, a hot drink, and a blank page to write on. And here we are. It’s November! Except I’m … (More)
  • ✚ Relevancy vs. Recency

    Nov 2, 2015, 11:38 am By Shawn Blanc
    My friend, Sean McCabe, recently published a podcast episode talking about how to send valuable and and relevant emails. But the show was about much more than just email. For me, the most valuable takeaway from Sean’s podcast was this: … (More)
  • ✚ Survey Says…

    Oct 28, 2015, 11:55 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Last week I asked you what your biggest challenge was. The question was in the form of a very simple, 4-option survey where you just clicked the statement that sounded most true right now. The statements were: “I want to … (More)
  • Rindle: Simplify Your Workflow (Sponsor)

    Oct 27, 2015, 10:38 am By Shawn Blanc
    Wouldn’t it be great to have a personal task management app that integrates with the tools you already use, allowing you to seamlessly view all of your tasks on one screen? Rindle does this and more, making it easier than … (More)✚
  • Last Call: The Awareness Building Class

    Oct 26, 2015, 5:48 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Last week, my pal Mike Vardy and I launched something pretty great: The Awareness Building Class. It’s a 5-part audio class with accompanying PDF workbook and transcripts. We designed it to go hand-in-hand with The Focus Course. And, therefore, we’ve ……
  • ✚ What’s Your Biggest Challenge?

    Oct 21, 2015, 4:44 pm By Shawn Blanc
    I have a quick question for you: What’s one of the biggest challenges you’re facing right now? You can answer by clicking the link that feels most important to you right now: “I want to do better creative work.” “I’m … (More)
  • Acuity Scheduling (Sponsor)

    Oct 21, 2015, 3:52 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Meet Settled, the hot new payment feature from Acuity Scheduling that lets customers pay & tip online …without the awkward. For the business owner, it helps you get paid automatically and awesomely, just like Uber does, without having to swipe … (More)✚
  • ✚ The Awareness Building Class

    Oct 20, 2015, 3:35 pm By Shawn Blanc
    My friend Mike Vardy and I just released a new product we’ve been working on for the past several weeks: The Awareness Building Class In short, The Awareness Building Class is a 5-part series of audio teachings filled with real-life … (More)
  • How to create a personal podcast feed using Dropbox and JustCast

    Oct 16, 2015, 10:23 am By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of podcasts, this is an awesome tip / app suggestion from Bradley Chambers this week over on The Sweet Setup. If you’re like me and you come across one-off audio files that you want to listen to, but wish … (More)✚
  • The Productivityist Podcast: The Power of Focus with Shawn Blanc

    Oct 16, 2015, 9:49 am By Shawn Blanc
    If you’ve been wishing that I were around on more podcasts, well have I got a treat for you. This week I was a guest on Mike Vardy’s Productivityist podcast. We had a great conversation about intentionality, productivity-plus-creativity, and more. ……
  • ✚ Coming Soon: The Awareness Building Class

    Oct 14, 2015, 11:55 am By Shawn Blanc
    About a month ago I came across this 99u video of Cal Newport talking about skill versus passion. What he had to say really struck home for me. Particularly his thoughts on what he calls Deep Work. If you’ve read … (More)
  • ✚ The Apple Watch Apps I Use

    Oct 12, 2015, 11:34 am By Shawn Blanc
    Getting the Apple Watch, I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve worn a watch for years. In part because I often want to know what time it is, but also because it’s one more “barrier” to keep me from pulling … (More)
  • ✚ Thirteen Days With an iPhone 6s Plus

    Oct 7, 2015, 10:15 am By Shawn Blanc
    On iPhone pre-order day, I lost my mind for a few minutes and decided it would be a good idea to order the gargantuan iPhone known as the 6s Plus. I named it Hercules, because, well, it’s a hoss. My … (More)
  • ✚ What’s Your Minimum Effective Dose?

    Oct 5, 2015, 11:22 am By Shawn Blanc
    You’ve no-doubt heard of the Law of the Vital Few. It’s the 80/20 rule, which states that roughly 80-percent of the results come about from just 20-percent of the energy. What if you took your 80-percent results and applied the … (More)
  • ✚ Who, What, Why, How, and How Much

    2:59pm By Shawn Blanc
    Consider the components to a creative business (or any business, really), and here’s what you get: Who, What, Why, How, and How Much. Who is your (ideal) customer or client. What is the product or service you’re creating or providing. … (More)
  • Paddle: Giving app developers access to all their favorite tools from a single SDK (Sponsor)

    Tue 7:11pm By Shawn Blanc
    Paddle is an all-in-one SDK that gives app developers access to all the essential tools for building a great product. Including in-app analytics, user feedback, app store ratings, funnels and more. With only a few lines of code you can … (More)✚
  • Awesome Gear for iPhone Photography and Videography

    Sep 25, 2015, 4:00 pm By Shawn Blanc
    True story: I decided to get the iPhone 6S Plus this year. In part, I went with the bigger iPhone to see how the big-screened other side lives (my Android-toting cousins are never going to let me hear the end … (More)✚
  • How to Pair Your Apple Watch to Your New iPhone

    Sep 25, 2015, 3:01 pm By Shawn Blanc
    If you’re getting a new iPhone in the near future, here’s our Sweet Setup article from a few months ago with the steps on how to pair your Apple Watch to your new phone. In short, back up your old … (More)✚
  • Paddle: Giving app developers access to all their favorite tools from a single SDK (Sponsor)

    Sep 23, 2015, 1:59 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Paddle is an all-in-one SDK that gives app developers access to all the essential tools for building a great product. Including in-app analytics, user feedback, app store ratings, funnels and more. With only a few lines of code you can … (More)✚
  • ✚ What Would Your Ideal Workspace Look Like?

    Sep 23, 2015, 11:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    * * * A few weeks ago I wrote about Whole Brain Creativity, and how each of us have different learning and thinking styles. And, as Cynthia Ulrich Tobias writes about in her book, The Way They Learn, we each … (More)
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