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  • Unlock 1Password — New Course on The Sweet Setup

    Tue 10:27am By Shawn Blanc
    We just launched a brand-new course over on The Sweet Setup that gives you a deep dive into everything you can do with 1Password and how to really make the most of it.✚
  • How I Use 1Password

    Aug 9, 2018, 12:08 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Over on The Sweet Setup I wrote a breakdown of how I’ve been using 1Password for the past decade(!) to store much more than just website logins. Including a little peek into why this app makes an excellent digital will and my “in case of death” note. ✚✚
  • ✚ Lake at Sunrise (Wallpaper Image)

    Jul 31, 2018, 9:05 am By Shawn Blanc
    If you’ve been following me on Instagram the past few weeks then you probably know my family and I were in Colorado for the month of July. While I was there I made a commitment to take my Leica Q everywhere I went and to shoot at least a couple of photos…
  • ✚ Giving Up Control at Work

    Jul 30, 2018, 12:13 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Earlier this year I became aware that, in my business, though I was focused on things that were important, I was too focused on things that were not essential for ME to be doing. It’s not that I was working too many hours. I am pretty focused with my work…
  • ✚ Another Way to Lead by Example

    Jul 18, 2018, 7:00 pm By Shawn Blanc
    When you think of “leading by example” what does that mean to you? Does it mean doing more, being more, and giving more than those around you? Being the first to show up and the last to leave? Never asking someone to do more than you’re doing yourself?…
  • ✚ 24 Hours with the Leica Q

    Jun 27, 2018, 5:22 pm By Shawn Blanc
    For years and years I’ve been shooting primarily with my Olympus micro four-thirds gear. The E-M10 is an excellent camera setup: inexpensive, high quality, easy to use, compact. But a few weeks ago when I was in San Jose for WWDC, my friend Drew Coffman let…
  • ✚ My iPad Home Screen

    Jun 1, 2018, 5:00 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Gosh, it’s been about a year now since the 10.5” iPad Pro came out. I bought one right away, and it has become one of my favorite gadgets of all time. I’ve had an iPad since the very beginning. I stood in line on that Saturday morning in April 2010 to…
  • ✚ My Number One Productivity Tip

    May 31, 2018, 1:23 pm By Shawn Blanc
    “What’s your number one productivity tip, Shawn?” I get asked this question all the time. And I have a somewhat bizarre answer. When people first hear it they give me a weird look. And then as I explain it, everything clicks. The tip is this: Tonight,…
  • ✚ Apps and Gear I Use When Traveling

    Apr 20, 2018, 9:56 am By Shawn Blanc
    Last week I was in Atlanta visiting some friends and talking about business-y stuff. And I thought it’d be interesting to share a few of the apps and other gear that I take with me when traveling. As far as physical gear goes, my main staples include: iPad…
  • ✚ My Approach to Learning New Things and Taking Action

    Apr 18, 2018, 12:19 pm 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…