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  • USB-C Dual Wall Outlet

    Sat 7:42am By Shawn Blanc
    We often charge our phones at one of the side counters in the kitchen. And a few years ago I swapped the standard-issue wall outlet for this one that has a couple USB-C ports. And it’s been fantastic. It offers a 30W charge — so it’s powerful enough for…
  • ✚ Are you out of control?

    Thu 4:43pm By Shawn Blanc
    I was just recently reminded of a time when my friend Dan Mall shared about how he replaced the phrase “I don’t have time” with “it’s not a priority”. He wrote: “Recently, I’ve tried to stop saying, “I don’t have time.” It insinuates that…
  • ✚ Minimums and Maximums

    Sep 23, 2022, 3:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    I think it was Greg McKeown who I first heard suggest the following: Have a minimum amount of time set aside for the good, the deep, and the essential things. Have a maximum amount of time set aside for those things which are shallow and not essential.
  • Plan vs Strategy (and why a plan is not a strategy)

    Sep 20, 2022, 7:12 am By Shawn Blanc
    So, the YouTube algorithm popped up this HBR video up for me a few days ago during my rowing workout (TMI?). Anyway, I loved the differentiation here between a plan and a strategy. By separating them out, it forces you to reach a deeper clarity about what…
  • If your book was just one sentence…

    Sep 15, 2022, 7:11 am By Shawn Blanc
    … what would it be? ✚✚
  • ✚ The 3 Waves of Productivity

    Sep 14, 2022, 7:22 am By Shawn Blanc
    When talking with Cal Newport a while back, he shared with me about the 3 waves of productivity: First there was Efficiency Then Intentionally Now Meaning These three waves go in order and each one serves the next. You begin by just trying to be more…
  • ✚ Most people aren’t taught the tools they need for the most important things in life

    Sep 8, 2022, 7:20 am By Shawn Blanc
    Such as how to have healthy relationships. How to manage your money. How to take care of your body. How to be in control of your schedule. How to accomplish your goals. We are told that these things are important. And, if we are fortunate, then we may even see…
  • 10 Tips to Help You Stop Procrastinating

    Sep 5, 2022, 7:37 am By Shawn Blanc
    Here are 10 tips to help you stop procrastinating that thing Set a short timer Ask someone to help you Get a focus buddy for accountability Only do one thing at a time Time block your tasks Go on a short walk and think about what you’ll do when you get back…
  • ✚ Try 1 + 5 (Clarity + Action)

    Aug 30, 2022, 4:30 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of how it’s okay to make a decision without knowing every last detail… Consider this: one drop of clarity plus 5 minutes of action. I have found that action brings clarity, and then, in turn, more clarity fuels more action. It’s a fantastic…
  • ✚ Do Less

    Aug 30, 2022, 7:15 am By Shawn Blanc
    You don’t have to take action on every idea. You can make a decision without knowing every last detail and option. It’s okay if you don’t finish every book you start. You don’t have to respond to every email you receive. There’s no need to push every…
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Notion

    Aug 29, 2022, 7:10 am By Shawn Blanc
    As a team, we’ve been using Notion for nearly 2 years, and it has made a significant impact in how we manage and run our editorial calendars. And, over on The Sweet Setup, we just recently update our beginner’s Notion guide. ✚✚
  • ✚ Feel free to say no to your own ideas

    Aug 26, 2022, 7:07 am By Shawn Blanc
    It’s a challenge to have more ideas than time. But you don’t have to be a slave to all your ideas. You probably have lots of ideas that you want to do. But the existence of a good idea doesn’t mean you are obligated to spend time on it. Feel free to say…
  • ✚ How goal setting and time management fit together

    Aug 24, 2022, 7:12 am By Shawn Blanc
    To accomplish your goals and live a focused life, you need three skills: Clarity: What to do. Time Management: When to do it. Integrity: Doing that which you’ve said you’ll do.
  • ✚ How to align your tasks with your goals (or: How to create an action plan)

    Aug 23, 2022, 7:17 am By Shawn Blanc
    Many people struggle to make regular progress toward their goals. This is often because the things they are doing are not actually related to accomplishing their goals. To create an action plan, I like to start with the end in mind, and then work backward.…