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  • ✚ What it means to be “coasting” in life

    7:12am By Shawn Blanc
    Coasting in life means you are not taking action. And, thus, you are, by nature: Going downhill; living off the momentum of your past effort; or being pulled / pushed along by someone else.
  • On The Point of Reading

    Sun 12:00pm By Shawn Blanc
    “Alex & Books” on Twitter: The point of reading is not to memorize every word… It’s to introduce yourself to new ideas, new information, and new ways of thinking. In this exploding information economy of personal knowledge management and building your…
  • 8 short rules for being a creator

    Sat 10:00am By Shawn Blanc
    Ryan Holiday: Read. Read. Read. Make commitments Work with great people Focus on effort, not results Make a little progress each day Don’t talk about projects until you’re finished Journal Remember: it’s all material I’d also add rule 9: Don’t overthink it ✚✚
  • My Four Rules of Book Buying

    Fri 7:12am By Shawn Blanc
    As the warmer months are finally upon us, here’s a refresher on my four rules of book buying: Don’t be a wimp about it. Don’t stress about reading them cover to cover. Make notes and mark up the margins. Share what you learn. ✚✚
  • A Return to Analog

    Thu 2:11pm By Shawn Blanc
    “For me, one of the signs of health in emotional margin is how much I’m writing in my notebook each week. If pages begin to stack up without any notes, ideation, or doodling, it’s a sign that I’m not slowing down enough to think on paper.” Great…
  • ✚ It takes effort to say YES (but YES is the whole point)

    Thu 11:20am By Shawn Blanc
    A lot of productivity and time management advice includes all the things you should not do. Don’t sleep in. Don’t use your phone in the morning. Don’t check email before lunchtime. Don’t binge watch Netflix late into the night. Don’t have social…
  • ✚ What makes an overly urgent and busy life so dangerous?

    Wed 7:14am By Shawn Blanc
    I was recently flipping through Greg McKeown’s book, Essentialism, and came across this quote that I had highlighted: “If you believe being overly busy and overextended is evidence of productivity, then you probably believe that creating space to explore,…
  • ✚ Maximum clarity doesn’t always mean perfect clarity

    May 17, 2022, 7:12 am By Shawn Blanc
    One definition of Focus is “Maximum Clarity”. But, in life, having maximum clarity doesn’t always mean having absolute, perfect clarity. Focus can be a graduating scale. Sometimes, having maximum clarity right now, may still seem a bit vague… maybe you…
  • ✚ Your Questions Answered about 11-years in business

    May 16, 2022, 7:15 am By Shawn Blanc
    A few weeks ago I shared about how my company just celebrated its 11-year anniversary. And many of you emailed me with some fantastic questions about running a business, etc. So I’m wanted to answer a handful of them here. Let’s go…. . . . . . “What…
  • Marie Poulin’s Notion Journaling Flow

    May 15, 2022, 7:30 am By Shawn Blanc
    This is a fantastic Twitter thread from Marie about how she has been using Notion to journal for the past 1,000+ days. (See also how Chloe has begun using Notion to track her habits.) ✚✚
  • Is your phone ruining your creativity?

    May 14, 2022, 7:12 am By Shawn Blanc
    This is a great, short video about the value of getting bored and making stuff. (p.s. Give “Herbert’s” phone schedule a try for a few days and let me know what you think.) ✚✚
  • ✚ Why Routines are Sexy (Growth Without Thinking)

    May 12, 2022, 7:15 am By Shawn Blanc
    I try to make as few decisions each day as possible. Here are some of the things I’ve “automated” about my day, and why it matters. Years ago, I started with automating the trivial parts of my life: What to wear What to eat for breakfast When to get up…
  • How My Team and I Use Notion

    May 11, 2022, 7:15 am By Shawn Blanc
    It’s been more than 18 months since my company switched from Basecamp to Notion for managing our entire editorial calendar and all other projects as well. There are a lot of great things and a lot of frustrating things about Notion. Here is a…
  • ✚ How to be held back by schleps and egos

    May 10, 2022, 7:12 am By Shawn Blanc
    In this excellent article from Paul Graham, he talks about the fact that a lot of work kinda sucks — that’s the nature of it a lot of time. And so you have to just dive on in and do it. But, unfortunately, a lot of people and teams will shy away from the…