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  • ✚ How to Get it All Done

    Fri 3:16pm 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

    Wed 11:57am 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

    Wed 11:01am 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)
  • ‘Just Kids’

    Feb 25, 2015, 3:18 pm By Shawn Blanc
    This is the brand-new album from Mat Kearney, and it’s fantastic. I’m a huge fan Young Love and City of Black & White (“Here we Go” has long been up there in my list of favorite songs). And as a … (More)✚
  • AnyList is our favorite grocery shopping list app

    Feb 24, 2015, 1:58 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Jeff Abbott wrote our latest app review for The Sweet Setup: We’ve covered several other list apps previously, such as our favorite simple list-making app (Clear), our favorite GTD app (OmniFocus), and our favorite shared list app (Wunderlist). Why spend ……
  • A Review of the Tom Bihn Synapse 19 Backpack

    Feb 24, 2015, 1:48 pm By Shawn Blanc
    This week’s continuation of bag reviews on Tools & Toys is Stephen Hackett’s Synapse 19: As you can see from the photos, I opted for the black exterior, but instead of my normal choice of gray, I decided to live … (More)✚
  • ✚ Living proof that focus and diligence are moving targets

    Feb 23, 2015, 2:48 pm By Shawn Blanc
    I was scared to death to tell everyone I was quitting my job to try and be a full-time “blogger”. I had been writing this site on the side for several years, but in 2011 I decided to quit my … (More)
  • Make beautiful products (Sponsor)

    Feb 23, 2015, 1:48 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Whether you’re a designer, manager, or developer Sprintly is for you. It’s Agile project management that works. Designers can collaborate effortlessly with other team members: it makes hand-off between designers and developers especially easy. Developers…
  • The Integrity Snowball

    Feb 20, 2015, 1:21 pm By Shawn Blanc
    On this week’s episode of my podcast, The Weekly Briefly: how putting your shoes away in the same spot can help you write that novel. No, seriously. It can be frustrating to “start small” with our goals. But making small … (More)✚
  • Alto’s Adventure

    Feb 20, 2015, 1:18 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Alto’s Adventure is a brand new game for iOS, and it’s absolutely fantastic. The artwork alone is magnificent (I seriously would love some prints of these game screenshots). The music and sound effects are excellent (you should play with headphones ……
  • Behind the App

    Feb 18, 2015, 2:05 pm By Shawn Blanc
    My friends Myke Hurley and Stephen Hackett have completely raised the bar in terms of indie tech podcasts. This “reboot” of Inquisitive — a podcast I’ve long been a fan of — is just fantastic. If you’re a fan of … (More)✚
  • Review of the SIRUI Travel Tripod

    Feb 18, 2015, 2:01 pm By Shawn Blanc
    If you think a review of a travel tripod sounds boring, allow Álvaro Serrano to prove you wrong. ✚✚
  • ✚ Honesty, Clarity, and Action

    Feb 17, 2015, 9:59 am By Shawn Blanc
    My friend, Justin Jackson, wrote an article about the potential pitfalls of following in your heroes’ footsteps. He writes: As creators, there’s a temptation to seek out our heroes and ask them how they achieved their success. We think if … (More)
  • Why Procrastination Robs Us From Doing Our Best Creative Work

    Feb 13, 2015, 4:58 pm By Shawn Blanc
    On this week’s episode of The Weekly Briefly: creativity, fear, and procrastination. If fear is what keeps us from doing work that matters, procrastination is what keeps us from reaching our potential. Sponsored by: Thou Shalt Hustle: A practical guide ……
  • ✚ Procrastination

    Feb 11, 2015, 6:16 pm By Shawn Blanc
    My grandmother used to say, “don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today.” Tomorrow will have enough craziness of its own, right? All through high school and college, I pretty much lived the opposite of my grandmother’s advice. … (More)
  • The Weekly Briefly: The Inbox Conundrum

    Feb 9, 2015, 4:45 pm By Shawn Blanc
    A few days ago I announced a new email newsletter I’ll be sending out every week. On this week’s episode of The Weekly Briefly — my apologies that it’s a few days late — I answer the question as to … (More)✚
  • Thou Shalt Hustle (Sponsor)

    Feb 9, 2015, 1:01 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Thou Shalt Hustle is about overcoming obstacles and breaking down barriers. Pursue a more meaningful and fulfilling life by focusing not only on doing things right doing but also doing the right things. The book looks at productivity through a … (More)✚
  • Offscreen Magazine, Issue 10

    Feb 9, 2015, 10:07 am By Shawn Blanc
    This has got to be one of the best issues of Offscreen Magazine to date. Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking I say that about every issue. Well if so, it’s only because the quality of Offscreen magazine … (More)✚
  • My Next Book: ‘The Power of a Focused Life’

    Feb 6, 2015, 3:48 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Big news: I’m writing another book. I’ve been hinting at this on the site since last summer, and site members who’ve been listening to Shawn Today have heard quite a bit about it as well. The book has now reached … (More)✚
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