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  • Free Access to the Time Management Course

    Mar 18, 2020, 5:12 pm By Shawn Blanc
    For anyone and everyone who is working from home, schooling their kids from home, and just generally feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment… We are giving away our flagship Time Management Course. This course has several lessons that are specifically…
  • ✚ Music for Working From Home

    Mar 17, 2020, 11:53 am By Shawn Blanc
    Good music is instrumental (ha!) for me to do focused work. Especially when I am working at home with kids in the house. I almost always have a single, go-to album that I put on when it is time to work. This helps quite a bit as part of my routine for getting…
  • ✚ Photos From Indoors

    Mar 16, 2020, 3:24 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Here in Kansas City, we have a rainy season every spring and it is my favorite thing about living here. During the rainy season we’ll get massive thunderstorms with huge downpours. It seems like they always happen in the middle of the night (why is that?)…
  • ✚ Three Things for Right Now

    Mar 13, 2020, 10:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    The past few days I have been spending a lot more time than normal reading the news and checking social media. (Pretty sure we all have!) There is so much happening so fast. While I don’t personally feel any fear or panicked anxiety about the COVID-19 virus…
  • ✚ Our Emergency Food List

    Mar 12, 2020, 5:16 pm By Shawn Blanc
    For years, my wife and I have kept a 5-day emergency supply of non-perishable food items in our home. We recently expanded those reserves to a 3-week supply of non-perishables that our family could survive on (with a rationed change to our diet of course). The…
  • ✚ Is time on your side?

    Mar 12, 2020, 12:00 pm By Shawn Blanc
    It was shortly after my first son was born that I began to get seriously interested in photography. I had all these photos of him, but they had been taken on my iPhone 4. And honestly, they were not good photos. So in the fall of 2012 I bought an Olympus M43…
  • ✚ Broadway Coffee

    Mar 11, 2020, 11:33 am By Shawn Blanc
    Kansas City has a ton of great coffee shops. (If you are ever visiting, let me know and I’ll recommend some spots to you.) Broadway is one of the oldest and most wonderful. I’ve been visiting Broadway Cafe for nearly 20 years. I always order an americano…
  • How to Take Great Holiday Photos

    Nov 26, 2019, 10:54 am By Shawn Blanc
    Erin Brooks is one of my favorite photographers. She is constantly capturing amazing, candid shots of her two daughters. Her iPhone photos have been featured by Apple. And she has a style to her photos that is really unique. The reason Erin has been an…
  • ✚ A Blank iPhone First Home Screen

    Nov 25, 2019, 10:02 pm By Shawn Blanc
    About a week ago I moved all the icons off my iPhone’s first Home screen. Basically I moved everything over by one screen. So the first Home screen became the second, the second became third, etc. Now, my iPhone’s first Home screen is blank. I just…
  • ✚ At a Westport Bookstore

    Nov 23, 2019, 11:20 pm By Shawn Blanc
    My wife and I recently went on a date downtown near Westport. And there is a cozy, local bookstore that I love to stop in whenever I’m nearby. We walked around for a while, perusing the new and old books that lined the shelves. I love how places like this…
  • ✚ Sneak Peek at This Week’s Project

    Nov 22, 2019, 4:33 pm By Shawn Blanc
    This week was my deadline for wrapping up the final version of a very special, very new project. And then, today, we recorded a bunch of videos for our upcoming 2020 Plan Your Year update. That’s why, unfortunately, I didn’t quite keep up with publishing…
  • Isaac Smith’s List of Books Worth Reading

    Nov 20, 2019, 11:10 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of book lists, my production manager, Isaac Smith, put together a short list of excellent historical stories over on The Focus Course blog: With the overwhelming noise we’re faced with on a daily basis, I’ve found more than ever the need for high…
  • Austin Mann on Tools and Creativity

    Nov 19, 2019, 12:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    In his fantastic review of the iPhone 11 Pro camera, Austin dropped in this nugget: We MUST understand our tools in order to successfully move through the creative process. If we don’t know about our cameras’ strengths and weaknesses and why they’re…
  • ✚ Some Good Fiction to Read (During the Holidays)

    Nov 17, 2019, 12:47 pm By Shawn Blanc
    One of my favorite things to do over the holidays is read in the corner while everyone else is doing something else. Holidays or not, it has always been difficult for me to fully enjoy my down time without getting stir crazy. I almost always need to be doing.…