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  • ✚ Just Smart Enough

    Thu 3:04pm 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

    Wed 11:43am 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 ……
  • ✚ Avoiding Burnout

    May 8, 2015, 5:06 pm By Shawn Blanc
    On this week’s episode of The Weekly Briefly I talk about how thirsty we are to do meaningful work. It takes more than just showing up every day to do our best creative work. And if we focus too much … (More)
  • ✚ The Creative’s Workspace

    May 6, 2015, 3:07 pm By Shawn Blanc
    This is what my home office workspace looked like in 2007: (I still have that trashcan. And the weird blocks underneath the legs of the desk are there because I mis-measured by about 3/4 of an inch when I tried … (More)
  • Wired In — A Beautiful Wireless LED ‘Busy’ Sign for the Modern Office (Sponsor)

    May 4, 2015, 9:09 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Wired In is about letting others know when you’re getting things done. Your friends and coworkers don’t mean to interrupt you while you’re in the zone, they just have no way to know that you’re in the middle of something … (More)✚
  • ✚ Coming Soon: The Focus Course

    Apr 29, 2015, 3:39 pm 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

    Apr 3, 2015, 11:28 am 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)
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