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  • ✚ Do Not Disturb

    9:45am By Shawn Blanc
    My favorite feature of iOS 11 has been Do Not Disturb While Driving. At stoplights, it’s almost universal that most folks will be looking at their screen. While annoying, at least this isn’t life-threatening behavior. But stoplights aside, it is uncanny…
  • ✚ July, August, December

    Wed 8:00am By Shawn Blanc
    Related to the posts from Monday and yesterday. (These are from Austin Kleon’s 2017 calendar, btw. If you’re interested, the 2018 version is here.)
  • ✚ On Constraints for Creating

    Tue 8:00am By Shawn Blanc
    In his response to my post from yesterday, my friend, CJ Chilvers, made this fantastic comment: I’ve always stressed constraints in creating art, not necessarily sharing art. This instantly makes me think about the challenge between creating the work and…
  • ✚ Removing Obstacles to Prioritize Output

    Mon 8:00am By Shawn Blanc
    I never got into Tumblr, but I loved the idea behind it. Tumbler encouraged you to post anything and everything: quotes, links, conversations with friends, photos, videos, articles, etc. On the one hand, this led to tons of Tumblrs being the online equivalent…
  • Reading at Work

    Sun 8:00am By Shawn Blanc
    Seth Godin: Most organizations think nothing of having twenty valuable employees spend an hour in a meeting that’s only tangentially related to their productive output. But if you’re sitting at your desk reading a book that changes your perspective, your…
  • Sometimes You Need to Prioritize Output

    Sat 8:00am By Shawn Blanc
    Sol Orwell: When I started writing more frequently on SJO, my goal was to produce consistent output. Along the way, I got a bit too obsessed with making it perfect, which made it a bit too chore-like. Consider this a reminder, both for myself and you –…
  • Apple TV Remote Case

    Fri 8:00am By Shawn Blanc
    Continuing in this week’s theme of “Rubber Accessories to Make Your Apple Gear Work Better”, let’s talk about the Apple TV remote. The Apple TV remote is a case study in form over function. It’s a beautiful little remote control that is an absolute…
  • ✚ Thoughts on Camera Gear

    Dec 7, 2017, 8:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    Soon after my first son was born I wanted a better camera than my iPhone. That was five years ago. Long-time readers may remember that I dove deep into the world of mirrorless cameras. (I’ve put links to all those past articles at the end of the post.) To…
  • ✚ MagicGrips for Your Magic Mouse

    Dec 6, 2017, 8:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    A few weeks ago I happened across this new to me product from the folks at Elevation Labs, and it’s pretty awesome. The MagicGrips are a pair of rubber grips that attach to the side of your Magic Mouse to make it more comfortable to hold. They’re $13…
  • The Power of Focus

    Dec 5, 2017, 8:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    Over on The Focus Course blog, my friend and one of our Focus Course alumni, Mo Bunnell, wrote this article on the conundrum we face when we have more ideas than time. As I look back, distinguishing between my successes and failures is really simple: nearly…
  • ✚ iPhone X Home Screen (December 2017)

    Dec 4, 2017, 8:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    The background wallpaper is from Unsplash. A few notes about some of the specific apps… A very big thanks to James Thomson for hooking me up with with the pro version of his fantastic calculator app, PCalc. It was super thoughtful of him, and there’s a…
  • Unsplash Wallpapers Mac App [MAS Link]

    Dec 3, 2017, 8:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    A while ago, Unsplash came out with this nifty MacOS Menu Bar utility app. Every day it changes out your desktop wallpaper with a random photo from the Unsplash vault. If you don’t like a day’s photo, you can easily click refresh to grab a new one.…
  • “You Can Lead From the Front or From the Back”

    Dec 2, 2017, 8:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    Kieran Snyder with an excellent twitter thread on leadership. Here’s part of it: The best leaders lead from the front when things are tough. They are visible, accountable, and own the challenge + their own failings. Sometimes the only way to guide or coach…
  • ✚ “It is All. On. You.”

    Dec 1, 2017, 8:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    Jocko Willink’s chapter on Focus from his new book, Discipline Equals Freedom, is so awesome and so intense. Sometimes, in day-to-day life, you can lose track of the long term-goal. It fades from your vision. It slips from your mind. WRONG. I want that…