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  • ✚ And Now For Something Completely Different

    Wed 10:16am By Shawn Blanc
    Wow. What a wild and awesome past few weeks. The Focus Course has launched (as you well know, haha), and now things return to their regular schedule. (Well, technically, they’ll return this coming Monday. I’ve got a birthday and a … (More)
  • Last Call for Special Launch Price of The Focus Course

    Mon 10:14am By Shawn Blanc
    Just a friendly reminder that today is the last day to sign up for The Focus Course at the special launch price. The Focus Course is normally $249. But during the launch week (which ends today), the course is just … (More)✚
  • Bonus Video From The Focus Course: “How to Get it All Done”

    Jun 27, 2015, 10:15 am By Shawn Blanc
    First off: I can’t even mention the Focus Course without giving a huge thanks to everyone who has helped spread the word about the course and all those who signed up this week. The response and positive feedback has been … (More)✚
  • ✚ The Focus Course is Now Available

    Jun 23, 2015, 1:34 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Here it is. The Focus Course has launched and is now available for you to sign up. The Focus Course is normally $250. But during the launch week, it’s just $199. It’s 40 days and 5 modules. 18 videos. 75,000 … (More)
  • ✚ Tomorrow: The Focus Course

    Jun 22, 2015, 12:01 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Tomorrow at 10:00am EST, The Focus Course will be available. This post is to tell you exactly what you’ll be getting when you sign up for The Focus Course. And, I hope to convey just how much value there is … (More)
  • ✚ Fatherhood

    Jun 21, 2015, 3:47 pm By Shawn Blanc
    My life has been mile-marked by my first son’s birth day. There is life before I was a dad and there is life after his birth. And this. Now. This is the real and the good life. My wife and … (More)
  • ✚ Interview with Joanna Eitel

    Jun 20, 2015, 4:22 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Joanna Eitel is another one of the 90 pilot members who took The Focus Course this past spring. Joanna and her husband Tyler actually live here in Kansas City, Missouri. They have a 3-year old son and 1-year old daughter. … (More)
  • ✚ An Interview With Tyler Soenen

    Jun 19, 2015, 10:12 am By Shawn Blanc
    Tyler Soenen was one of 90 pilot members who took an early version of The Focus Course this past spring. Tyler and his wife Kristen It was an honor to have Tyler as part of that early group because he … (More)
  • ✚ Fight

    Jun 18, 2015, 11:47 am By Shawn Blanc
    Every now and then an idea just hits you like a ton of bricks. Have you ever experienced that? You’re reading something, or listening to something, or driving to work and thinking about nothing in particular, but then a couple … (More)
  • ✚ The Jolt

    Jun 17, 2015, 12:36 pm By Shawn Blanc
    My life changed forever when my wife and I had our first child. Becoming a dad was one of the most incredible and defining moments of my entire life. In fact, I’d say fatherhood is perhaps the most prominent milestone … (More)
  • ✚ You Have Ideas

    Jun 16, 2015, 10:42 am By Shawn Blanc
    What you need is more bad ideas. You know the drill. It’s late in the morning on Saturday and you’re outside mowing the lawn. Or maybe you don’t mow the lawn. So, say it’s a Monday evening and you’re taking … (More)
  • ✚ Living Without Regret in the Age of Distraction

    Jun 15, 2015, 11:25 am By Shawn Blanc
    It took us over a century to realize the changes and impact that the Industrial Revolution was making on our lifestyle, culture, economy, and educational system. Technology has changed all of that again, but this time it took less than … (More)
  • ✚ Countdown to The Focus Course

    Jun 14, 2015, 3:52 pm By Shawn Blanc
    The Focus Course launches in just 9 days. This course is unlike anything else out there that I know of. Tyler Soenen is an engineer and project manager, and was one of my pilot members. He told me that compared … (More)
  • WWDC 2015: Highlights and Awesomeness

    Jun 12, 2015, 5:19 pm By Shawn Blanc
    I’m back from San Francisco and am glad to return to the podcast microphone. (Yes, yes. I hear you. I could have taken my podcast rig with me. But I’m lazy. Also, I went to SF to meet with friends … (More)✚
  • Introducing the New Uuni 2 (Sponsor)

    Jun 9, 2015, 11:58 am By Shawn Blanc
    Much of what people love about the Uuni still remains the same: It heats up to 840°F (450°C) in less than 10 minutes. That intense heat cooks a pizza in under 2 minutes. It burns wood for an authentic flavour. … (More)✚
  • ✚ Hybrid

    9:54am By Shawn Blanc
    Long-time readers of this site will know that I’ve been a hard and fast OmniFocus user for almost five years now. However, for more than a year, I’ve actually been using a hybrid system for my task management: combining both … (More)
  • ✚ The Note

    Thu 10:51am By Shawn Blanc
    When I sit down at my desk in the morning, it’s time to write. There is hot coffee to the left of my keyboard. My keyboard, well, it’s about as clicky and awesome as they come. I put in my … (More)
  • ✚ There Is No “Finally”

    Jun 3, 2015, 10:22 am By Shawn Blanc
    The Black Belt test was the hardest thing I’d ever done. I was 15, and at that point I’d literally spent half of my entire life as a martial artist. It feels like another lifetime ago. But even still, I … (More)
  • ✚ Apple Watch Tips, Tricks, and Other Miscellany

    Jun 1, 2015, 11:50 am By Shawn Blanc
    Deleting Watch Faces As you know, force pressing on your Watch face from the watch face screen gives you the option to change and customize your Watch’s watch face. Stephen Hackett has written a rundown of each face, and Jason … (More)
  • ✚ Fear, Not Money

    May 27, 2015, 12:12 pm By Shawn Blanc
    What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to doing work that matters? A lot of people say money. As in, a lack of money. A lack of money can certainly be an obstacle. But it can also be an excuse. … (More)
  • ✚ Just Smart Enough

    May 21, 2015, 3:04 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Does this sound familiar? You pull your iPhone out to check the time, and the next thing you know you’ve been scrolling through Twitter for 6 minutes and now you’re reading about the migration patterns of cats. You don’t even … (More)
  • Fantastical 2 is The Best Calendar App for Mac

    May 20, 2015, 11:43 am By Shawn Blanc
    And hey, speaking of calendars, yesterday we published our review and pick for the best calendar app you can get for your Mac. It’s Fantastical 2. Chris Bowler, writing for The Sweet Setup: Managing your time has long been a … (More)✚
  • The Chokehold of Calendars

    May 20, 2015, 11:32 am By Shawn Blanc
    Mike Monteiro: In my experience, most people don’t schedule their work. They schedule the interruptions that prevent their work from happening. […] People rarely schedule working time. And when they do it’s viewed as second-tier time. It’s…
  • The Tools & Toys Review of the Retina MacBook

    May 19, 2015, 10:35 am By Shawn Blanc
    Nate Barham wrote and photographed a fantastic review of the Space Gray Retina MacBook: Indeed, if the Air moniker was meant to convey lightness and thinness, the new MacBook’s name communicates its purpose equally well. Take the air out of … (More)✚
  • The Discreet Watch

    May 18, 2015, 2:54 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of Watch faces, Ben Brooks makes the case for how the Watch is an ideal gadget for nice events. It looks great when dressed up, you can customize the watch face to suit your outfit, and because of the … (More)✚
  • Stephen Hackett On Apple Watch faces

    May 18, 2015, 2:44 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Stephen Hackett gives a rundown of the 10 different Watch faces: While having so many options is great, many of the faces have frustrating limitations in the ways they can be customized or used. Agreed: I’d love to get more … (More)✚
  • An extension of convenience, with an element of luxury

    May 18, 2015, 2:38 pm By Shawn Blanc
    David Chartier’s initial impressions of his Apple Watch mirror my own almost exactly. Keep it to only the most important-to-you notifications, the collective activity and health features add up to something pretty fantastic, and glances are where it’s at.…
  • ✚ Your Best Creative Work

    May 15, 2015, 12:51 pm By Shawn Blanc
    On this week’s episode of my podcast, The Weekly Briefly, I seek to define what “Your Best Creative Work” actually means. It’s a phrase I’ve been thinking and talking about for years. Does it only relate to “artsy” stuff? I … (More)
  • ✚ What it Takes to Do Work That Matters

    May 13, 2015, 9:01 am By Shawn Blanc
    Yesterday on Twitter I asked folks what challenges they face when it comes to doing meaningful work. These are some of the answers I got back: Fear that I’m too late. Fear that my work won’t be good enough. Fear … (More)
  • WebdesignerNews: The best curated stories for designers (Sponsor)

    May 11, 2015, 8:53 am By Shawn Blanc
    If you’re like us, you spend hours every morning browsing through hundreds of posts on your RSS feed, hoping to stumble across relevant news stories. We built WebdesignerNews to provide web designers and developers with a single location to discover ……
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