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  • ✚ Fantastic Friday: Books and music and podcasts

    11:16am By Shawn Blanc
    Here we are, the first Fantastic Friday of May. Welcome! On a personal note, my wife and I are almost done unpacking! It’s been 3.5 weeks since we moved in to our new home. We’re down to just the last … (More)
  • ✚ Creative Goals (Part 6)

    Wed 9:13am By Shawn Blanc
    Pre-S. This is part six in a series on creativity and entrepreneurship. You can find the previous articles here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. There are two types of creative goals. The first type of goal is the goal a … (More)
  • ✚ Thoughts on Risk (Part 5)

    Apr 27, 2016, 9:23 am By Shawn Blanc
    Creativity and business are both packed to the rafters with risk. If you’re trying to do your best creative work or if you’re building a business, then you’re going to have to take risks. But they don’t have to be … (More)
  • ✚ Fantastic Friday: Gadgets

    Apr 22, 2016, 11:02 am By Shawn Blanc
    Hello friends, and welcome to another edition of Fantastic Friday. The past two Fridays have been silent because, as you know by now, my family and I moved into a new home. We’re nearly settled in! As fun as it … (More)
  • MailButler — Your Personal Assistant for Apple Mail (Sponsor)

    Apr 20, 2016, 11:30 am By Shawn Blanc
    Have you ever wanted to schedule your email rather than send it right away? Or wondered if the person has actually opened your email? MailButler allows you to schedule an email to be sent at a specific date and time. … (More)✚
  • ✚ Family Balance (Part 4)

    Apr 20, 2016, 10:38 am By Shawn Blanc
    “Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.” That’s Robert Louis Stevenson. I love that quote for two reasons. Not only is it good life advice, but … (More)
  • ✚ We Moved

    Apr 18, 2016, 5:02 pm By Shawn Blanc
    As I type this, I’m surrounded by cardboard boxes. My desk is temporarily crammed here in the corner of the guest room. The Monument Valley soundtrack is playing (as always), but this time it’s via my iMac’s not-so-great, built-in speakers. … (More)
  • Save 93% on 11 Fantastic eBooks With ReadBundle (Sponsor)

    Apr 12, 2016, 9:58 am By Shawn Blanc
    ReadBundle is back, with an unbeatable collection of books and resources for freelancers, designers, marketers, startups, and growth hackers. In our second bundle, you can save 93% on 11 fantastic eBooks — usually $395, this bundle is yours this week ……
  • ✚ Consistency and Honesty (Part 3)

    4:26pm By Shawn Blanc
    A few days ago I asked this question: Is there a path to creative success? As I’m sure you know, the answer is yes. Now, the definition of success varies wildly. But I like to define creative success like this: … (More)
  • ✚ Creativity and Entrepreneurship (Part 2)

    Tue 12:48pm By Shawn Blanc
    Quitting my job to blog for a living was so embarrassing. It didn’t seem like a “real job”. People would always ask me questions like: “So what exactly is it that you do?” And I never knew how to answer … (More)
  • ✚ Five (Part 1)

    Apr 4, 2016, 10:20 am By Shawn Blanc
    It was Monday morning. My first day on the job. And I was completely underprepared with no idea what to write about. I felt terrible. That was exactly five years ago today. What I did end up writing about has … (More)
  • ✚ Fantastic Friday: Read This

    Apr 1, 2016, 9:26 am By Shawn Blanc
    Hopefully by now you’ve had a chance to make your cup of coffee. Because this week I have a few articles for you to read with your morning coffee. But these quotes and articles are special for another reason. On … (More)
  • ✚ Just a Question

    Mar 30, 2016, 12:24 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Next week my family is moving to a new home about 5 minutes down the road. Anna and I are expecting our third child this fall (!). So we are about to officially outgrow the small home we’ve lived in … (More)
  • ✚ Fantastic Friday: Coffee Paraphernalia

    Mar 25, 2016, 9:45 am By Shawn Blanc
    Unknown to both my wife and I, our coffee grinder was losing its edge. Nearly four years ago, Anna bought me a Bodum Bistro Grinder for my birthday. It was an awesome little grinder for a great price. I used … (More)
  • ✚ An Index of Ideas

    Mar 23, 2016, 9:35 am By Shawn Blanc
    About 18 months ago I stopped buying non-fiction books on Kindle. At first, it was all about the money. In my research for creating The Focus Course I was buying a slew of books. And used paperback books from Amazon … (More)
  • ✚ Fantastic Friday: Newsletter Edition

    Mar 18, 2016, 9:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    Before we dive into this week’s top four links, I have a challenge for you. It’s Friday. Which means the weekend is upon us. And then, in just a few short days it will be Monday. What’s your general attitude … (More)
  • Clothes that Work as Hard as You Do (Sponsor)

    Mar 16, 2016, 3:09 pm By Shawn Blanc
    We’ve all come to expect the most from our athletic clothes. But for some reason, the clothes we wear to work – when we’ve got to perform at our best — still hold us back. In an age where clothing … (More)✚
  • ✚ Q&A: My Writing Workflow

    Mar 16, 2016, 11:08 am By Shawn Blanc
    You may remember a few weeks back when I shared my top four writing tools. That article brought about some additional questions from folks regarding my writing workflows, etc. And so I’m going to answer those questions here. If you … (More)
  • ✚ The Five-Minute Rule

    Mar 14, 2016, 11:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    The first five minutes are the hardest. To prove it, I just set a timer for five minutes. You see, I’ve been thinking about this article all day. Yet, despite all the mental preparation I’ve done for what needs to … (More)
  • ✚ Fantastic Friday: Reading Edition

    Mar 11, 2016, 6:19 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Hello, and welcome to this week’s edition of Fantastic Friday. Life in Kansas City has been a bit busier than normal. For one, earlier this week we launched a new class on time management. The response so far has been … (More)
  • ✚ My Grandmother’s Inspirational Quotes

    Mar 9, 2016, 10:12 am By Shawn Blanc
    My grandmother loved to print out inspirational quotes and phrases. She’d either put them into the picture frames she bought at garage sales, or she’d just tape them up on the wall or refrigerator. There was one printout in particular … (More)
  • ✚ You Can’t Manage Time

    Mar 8, 2016, 10:38 am By Shawn Blanc
    It’s Tuesday. And I have something awesome for you. My brand new class on time management is here. This is not your typical “nerdy schedule party” type of class. Because, the thing with managing time is that… you can’t. You … (More)
  • ✚ A Focus on Time: Available Tomorrow (Here Are All the Details)

    Mar 7, 2016, 3:54 pm By Shawn Blanc
    For the past couple months I have been putting together a class on time management. It will be available tomorrow. The class was originally built in response to the feedback I’ve been receiving from those taking the Focus Course and … (More)
  • ​Disasters Happen, Backblaze Makes Backup Easy (Sponsor)

    Mar 7, 2016, 9:20 am By Shawn Blanc
    Half of us will lose data this year, but you don’t have to. Just back up your data using Backblaze online backup. A mere $5 a month gets you unlimited, unthrottled, uncomplicated backup. With Backblaze, you’ll know your data is … (More)✚
  • ✚ A System That Works (for You)

    3:39pm By Shawn Blanc
    Everyone wants a time management system that works. One they can stick with. One that’s not a pain in the butt. What does that even mean? A system that works, looks like this: It empowers you to do the things … (More)
  • ✚ The Key to Success? Diligence.

    Mar 4, 2016, 10:29 am By Shawn Blanc
    As I mentioned yesterday, working from home brings a whole slew of unique challenges related to time management and focus. We already know that busywork is a poor substitute for doing work that matters. When you work for yourself it … (More)
  • ✚ Dodging Meetings Like It’s My Job

    Mar 3, 2016, 9:29 am By Shawn Blanc
    Yesterday I shared with you about how I ended up as the marketing and creative director for a large Christian ministry. In that role I had complete autonomy of my schedule. And I learned quickly that I had to set … (More)
  • ✚ Control

    Mar 2, 2016, 9:53 am By Shawn Blanc
    It was April of 2008. My wife, Anna, and I were driving to St. Louis from Kansas City. Somewhere in the middle of nowheresville on I-70, I got a phone call. There are a few moments in my life that … (More)
  • ✚ Solve Those Distractions

    Feb 29, 2016, 10:14 am By Shawn Blanc
    In the past week I’ve gotten literally hundreds of emails from folks regarding time management. As people are signing up for the time management class that launches next week, I’ve been asking them about their biggest frustrations in terms of … (More)
  • ​Bushel — Easy Apple Device Management (Sponsor)

    Feb 29, 2016, 9:30 am By Shawn Blanc
    As your company grows, so does your need for technology to support it. Even with a small number of iPads, iPhones, or Macs, it becomes time consuming to individually configure settings. It can be challenging determining which apps to download, … (More)✚