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  • Write your annual goals on Champagne bottles

    7:30am By Shawn Blanc
    Love this! What a brilliant and fun way to celebrate milestones and wins throughout the year. (If you don’t yet have your 2023 goals written down, this will help.) ✚✚
  • Yours Truly on the Mac Power Users Podcast

    Mon 7:15am By Shawn Blanc
    If you want to know the nerdy details about my keyboards, apps, and how I manage my business and my focus, then this is the podcast episode for you. ✚✚
  • Predictions about 2023 made in 1923

    Fri 1:00pm By Shawn Blanc
    Some of these are hilarious and some of these are depressing. Like that 4-hour work day? It seems further away then ever… Just earlier this month I was hosting our new-member welcome call for Focus Academy, and I took note of the reasons why they had joined.…
  • ✚ Six Principles for Focus and Simplicity

    Jan 3, 2023, 7:35 am By Shawn Blanc
    In his book, Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster lists several principles for the outward expression of simplicity. These are things which someone could use or do in their attempt to flesh out the meaning of simplicity in the modern life. Here are six…
  • ✚ One In; One Out

    Dec 29, 2022, 7:12 am By Shawn Blanc
    As you plan and prepare for 2023, consider the Law of Tradeoffs. If you are going to add a new goal or project or focus to your life, what will you stop doing in order to make space for it? (Side note, a whole bunch of clever people are making their annual…
  • ✚ December Bonuses!

    Dec 28, 2022, 7:03 am By Shawn Blanc
    Enrollment is open for the January class of Focus Academy. And we have some bonuses for you if register before New Year. If you enroll before midnight tomorrow, you’ll also get these amazing bonuses: The Personal Retreat Workshop, which is a fast way to free…
  • ✚ A Few Favorite Novels

    Dec 26, 2022, 8:30 am By Shawn Blanc
    One thing I love about the year-end holiday down time is the extra time to read for pleasure and leisure. Here are a few of my all-time favorite novels that I’ve read over summers and holidays past. Upgrade by Blake Crouch (my favorite novel of 2022) Dark…
  • ✚ My Grandma’s List of Values

    Dec 23, 2022, 7:15 am By Shawn Blanc
    At my grandma’s funeral several years ago, I remember reading her short list of the things she tried to live by. They were these short phrases: Be the first to say hello. Compliment three people every day. Live beneath your means. Let the first thing you say…
  • ✚ Simplifying Your Life can Change Your Life

    Dec 22, 2022, 7:05 am By Shawn Blanc
    At the end of the day, a simple life is an inward reality with an outward lifestyle. But… if it’s a lifestyle you seek — a simple life with less stuff and less hustle — you can work from the outside in. This is how it goes with many other disciplines:…
  • ✚ Make Fewer Small Decisions

    Dec 21, 2022, 7:03 am By Shawn Blanc
    You and I only have so much willpower, decision-making ability, and/or creative imagination throughout the day. Try to reserve that energy for things like deep work, deep conversations, and big decisions. The more you can automate the inconsequential areas of…
  • ✚ Imposter Syndrome

    Dec 20, 2022, 7:20 am By Shawn Blanc
    Many business owners and creative professionals have moments where they feel something called impostor syndrome. It’s a feeling that your success is an accident and you do not deserve it. You fear people will soon find out “you are a fraud” and that you…
  • Early Bird Special

    Dec 16, 2022, 12:00 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Today, you can get a limited-time, early bird pricing for the January cohort of Focus Academy. Right now you can save $150 on the Pro tier. While the official doors won’t open until December 29, you can save your spot now for 16% off and get all the perks…
  • ✚ Fight for Margin, Fight for values

    Dec 16, 2022, 7:15 am By Shawn Blanc
    Someone with no financial margin — who lives paycheck to paycheck — cannot be extremely generous or philanthropic with their finances. No matter how much they want to. When your life and schedule are completely overwhelming and out of control, you have no…
  • A Very Notion Christmas

    Dec 14, 2022, 7:15 am By Shawn Blanc
    If you want to use Notion to set up a Christmas List, here’s how to do it. ✚✚