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  • ✚ Coming Soon: The Focus Course

    Wed 3:39pm By Shawn Blanc
    I have a tendency to edit things to death. This part could be better, I tell myself. This section could be clearer. That little detail could be improved upon. Over and over until there’s nothing left but a sterile, vanilla, … (More)
  • Apple Watch and The Just Checks

    Apr 24, 2015, 3:17 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of Apple Watch… I began wearing a watch several years ago — maybe four years ago — because I was tired of constantly pulling my pone out of my pocket in order to check the time only to find … (More)✚
  • Apple Watch Apps Worth Spending Time With

    Apr 24, 2015, 3:16 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Over on The Sweet Setup, we’ve got a running list of some Apple Watch apps that you’re probably going to want try. Most of them are Watch Apps that connect with our various favorite iPhone apps (Overcast, OmniFocus, Day One, … (More)✚
  • ✚ How to Show Up Every Day

    Apr 22, 2015, 12:16 pm By Shawn Blanc
    How do you keep focused doing the things that matter even when they’re a grind? Reader Alan N. just recently asked me this question and it’s an excellent one. Most of the time, the things that matter are a grind. … (More)
  • The Weekly Briefly: Choosing to Choose

    Apr 20, 2015, 2:48 pm By Shawn Blanc
    This past week’s episode of the Weekly Briefly was a short one. I’ve been a single dad for the past 5 days while my wife was on a trip. And I — ahem — chose, that instead of juggling both … (More)✚
  • Avea — Dynamic Mood Light (Sponsor)

    Apr 20, 2015, 2:40 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Elgato Avea​ transforms your home with beautiful dynamic light moods. No matter the weather and season outside — with Avea, bring the atmosphere you like to your home. Control your ambience from your iPhone or iPad and unwind in one … (More)✚
  • ✚ No. Times a Thousand

    Apr 15, 2015, 10:52 am By Shawn Blanc
    Let’s take two quotes, mash their ideas together, and see what we get: “Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.” — Robert Louis Stevenson “If I … (More)
  • WWDC 2015

    Apr 14, 2015, 3:57 pm By Shawn Blanc
    This year’s WWDC logo is fantastic. My favorite compared to the past several years for sure. You’ve got the iPhone and iPad app icons, watch icons, and is that an Apple TV in the center? “The epicenter of change.”? Surely … (More)✚
  • Kelly Tomlinson’s Mac and iPhone Setup

    Apr 14, 2015, 3:48 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of The Sweet Setup, this week’s setup interview is with a friend of mine, Kelly Tomlinson. Kelly’s a fellow Kansas Citian, and she plays a very active role in Kansas City’s tech and design scene. ✚✚
  • The best mind mapping app is MindNode

    Apr 14, 2015, 3:44 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Mike Schmitz wrote a fantastic app review for us on The Sweet Setup in our pick for the best Mind Mapping app (for iPad and iOS): MindNode has the perfect balance between beautiful design, ease of use, standard features like … (More)✚
  • 7 Reasons Daily Habits Are Awesome

    Apr 10, 2015, 11:32 am By Shawn Blanc
    On this week’s episode of my podcast, The Weekly Briefly, I talk about the purpose of (and the science behind) lifestyle practices and daily habits. This topic is one of the most important issues of my life. I have a … (More)✚
  • Our Favorite Podcast Client for iOS is Overcast

    Apr 7, 2015, 12:16 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Over on The Sweet Setup, we’ve just updated our pick for podcast apps with a new favorite: Overcast. There are many podcast clients in the App Store. Our new pick for what we consider to be the best podcast client … (More)✚
  • The Fizzle Show: How To Use a Productivity Journal

    Apr 7, 2015, 12:14 pm By Shawn Blanc
    My friend, Chase Reeves, interviewed Mike Vardy and me for one of the recent episodes of The Fizzle Show. It’s a great episode — not your typical three dudes talking on a Skype Call type of show, it’s tightly edited … (More)✚
  • KnowRoaming (Sponsor)

    Apr 6, 2015, 5:01 pm By Shawn Blanc
    High roaming charges have scared global travelers for far too long. In the past, savvy tourists would have to purchase expensive and limiting roaming packages from their mobile carriers, or they just kept their phone off entirely for fear of … (More)✚
  • On Fear, Perseverance, and Meaningful Work: 4 Years Making a Living Online

    Fri 11:28am By Shawn Blanc
    This week’s episode of The Weekly Briefly is longer than normal because it’s jam packed with stories and advice from the past four years of making a living online. I share ins and outs, fears and motivations, challenges and victories. … (More)✚
  • ✚ Four Years

    Apr 1, 2015, 11:27 am By Shawn Blanc
    No joke, it was four years ago today1 that I began my new job as a full-time writer. It was February of 2011 when I announced I was quitting my job and would be going full-time with shawnblanc.net. At the … (More)
  • ✚ How to Get it All Done

    Mar 27, 2015, 3:16 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Below is a transcript from today’s episode of my podcast, The Weekly Briefly. You can listen to the episode here. * * * On my weekly newsletter, The Fight Spot, I ask people what their biggest challenge is related to … (More)
  • Fantastical 2 for Mac

    Mar 25, 2015, 11:57 am By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of time management, there’s a new Fantastical app out and, well, it’s fantastic. I’ve been using Fantastical for Mac since before it shipped, and it is hands down one of my most-used and favorite apps. It’s such an awesome … (More)✚
  • ✚ Rescue Time Review

    Mar 25, 2015, 11:01 am By Shawn Blanc
    “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life’s made of.” – Benjamin Franklin * * * Protip: There are four ways to help yourself avoid squandering time: Plan ahead (make a schedule) Awareness of … (More)
  • Review of the GORUCK GR Echo

    Mar 24, 2015, 10:26 am By Shawn Blanc
    A fantastic, photo-rich review of the GR Echo by Álvaro Serrano: The GR Echo is the smallest of GORUCK’s Original Rucks. While the GR2 is perfect for multi-day adventures and the GR0/GR1 are all about versatility, the Echo is arguably … (More)✚
  • NeuBible [iTunes Link]

    Mar 24, 2015, 10:22 am By Shawn Blanc
    NeuBible has got to be the most well-designed, gorgeous Bible app for the iPhone. It came out just a few days ago and I love it. For years, my go-to iOS Bible app has been ESV Study Bible + which … (More)✚
  • ✚ Step Out of the Echo Chamber

    Mar 23, 2015, 9:16 am By Shawn Blanc
    On a recent edition of The Fight Spot, I wrote about one of the aspects of doing our best creative work: stepping out of the echo chamber. The dictionary definition of echo chamber is “an enclosed space for producing reverberation … (More)
  • “Wisdom comes from balance”

    Mar 13, 2015, 2:30 pm By Shawn Blanc
    This week on The Weekly Briefly: Staying balanced when we’re hyper-focused on a particular project. As in: how not to be constantly thinking about work all the time. ✚✚
  • ✚ Meaningful Productivity

    Mar 11, 2015, 11:34 am By Shawn Blanc
    Is the stay-at-home dad who spends most of his day changing diapers and cleaning up messes any less productive than his wife who is the CEO of a charity organization? Productivity tends to be defined by how well we use … (More)
  • “The Watch is Coming”

    Mar 9, 2015, 6:23 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Apple’s updated website for the Watch has all the details we’ve been speculating about for the past several months. Like shipping date (pre-orders begin April 10, ships on April 24th), battery life (18 hours), the price of the Edition (starts … (More)✚
  • Apple’s Live Stream of the Watch Event

    Mar 9, 2015, 12:01 pm By Shawn Blanc
    In an hour (at 10am Pacific), the Apple Watch event will be kicking off. You can watch the live stream here on Apple’s website, or also via the events channel on your Apple TV. ✚✚
  • How to Recharge

    Mar 6, 2015, 12:54 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Just in time for the weekend, here is this week’s episode of The Weekly Briefly. And today’s topic? Rest. Defined as time taken to relax, refresh, and/or recover strength. I believe the reason people dislike Mondays is because they wasted … (More)✚
  • ✚ The Foolish Crowd

    Mar 5, 2015, 10:51 am By Shawn Blanc
    When Ray Bradbury was first staring out as a writer, he thought the path to success was to do what everyone else was doing. He found inspiration in other people’s work, but he lacked originality. It wasn’t until later in … (More)
  • The Weekly Briefly: Thriving in the Midst of Tension

    Feb 27, 2015, 2:35 pm By Shawn Blanc
    On today’s episode of The Weekly Briefly: thriving in the midst of the tensions between our time, ideas, and focus. If I were to boil my upcoming book down to just two themes, one of them would be this. The … (More)✚
  • ✚ The Procrastinator’s Guide to Progress

    Feb 25, 2015, 6:18 pm By Shawn Blanc
    As you may or may not know, a few weeks ago I started an email newsletter. It’s called The Fight Spot. It goes out every Wednesday (like today!), and it’s about creativity, focus, and risk. All of which are moving … (More)
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