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✚ Thoughts After One Year of Focused, 8-Week Work Cycles

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000

As you probably know, a little over a year ago we started experimenting with an 8-week work cycle here at Blanc Media HQ. They look like this: (You can read all about the what and why in this detailed article here if you want.) We are just now wrapping up our first work cycle of […]

✚ Ship when it’s useful, not when it’s done

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:15:30 +0000

Something I have kept in front of me for the past six months or so has been this mindset: Ship it when it’s useful, not when it’s done. (I think it was Jason Fried who said it, but if not it sounds like something he would say.) This metric of shipping when a thing is […]

Live, Interactive Workshop with Yours Truly on Focus

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:20:45 +0000

This coming Wednesday, Feb 14, I am hosting a live, online workshop called The Fundamentals of Focus. It’s in partnership with my good friend, Tim Stringer. Tim is hosting the event and managing all the technical aspects, and I will be doing all the teaching. We are charging just $20 for the workshop and then […]

✚ Monk Mode for All the Things

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 16:32:43 +0000

This week I have been in monk mode, working on the video tutorial screencasts for All the Things. Things are coming together (no pun intended), and they’re looking awesome! I purchased ScreenFlow 7 from the Mac App Store on Monday and have already spent a solid 50+ hours in the app. If you do any […]

✚ Behind the Scenes: Shooting Video for ‘All the Things’

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 16:29:23 +0000

Yesterday we shot eight of the videos for All the Things. Many people have asked me about my video recording setup, so I thought it’d be fun to share some behind-the-scenes details from yesterday’s shoot, and also walk you through our process and the gear we use. First, a bit of context… These videos are […]

Keeping a Commonplace Book with Ulysses or Day One

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000

Ryan Holiday defines a commonplace book thusly: A commonplace book is a central resource or depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations and information you come across during your life and didactic pursuits. More or less, my commonplace book exists within both Ulysses and Day One. With the former holding my ideas and quotes, and the […]

✚ The Difference Between a Goal and a Project

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 22:09:10 +0000

The former you want to do; the latter you have to do. Goals move your life in the direction you want. Projects keep things afloat today. Don’t automate or delegate your goals. Treasure them. Enjoy them. Accomplish them at all costs. Projects….? Well, go for it however possible. Delegate. Get them done quickly. Move on. […]

The Best Task-Management App

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:14:35 +0000

After considerable deliberation, over on The Sweet Setup, Things 3 has become our new pick for the best productivity app. I was an avid Things user way back in the day, but then switched to OmniFocus because of over-the-air sync. About a year ago I switched to Todoist for a few months, and then back […]

Using an iPad for photography workflows

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000

Over on The Sweet Setup, Marius Masalar wrote an epic article detailing how to use an iPad for your photography workflows. I’m still loving and using my Olympus gear, but I can’t remember the last time I opened up Lightroom on my Mac. These days I import, edit, save, and share photos from my camera […]

The Full Focus Planner

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:00:46 +0000

Speaking of notebooks, if you like the idea of using an analog notebook but you do not like the idea of filling in all the details on your own, you should definitely check out Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner. In my office I’ve got one each of the Freedom Journal, Mastery Journal, Best Self Journal, […]

✚ Matt Ragland’s Minimalist Bullet Journal for Productivity

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:00:16 +0000

A few weeks ago my friend, Matt Ragland, posted this video showcasing how he uses his notebook for planning out his day, week, and month. There are two things I like about this video. For one, Matt’s journal is not a picturesque scrapbook. While I love the gorgeous lettering and sketches that so many people […]

✚ The Law of Diminishing Intent

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000

This is a principle that Jim Rohn taught. It goes like this: The longer you wait to take action, the less likely you are to take action. Meaning, when you get clarity about something because of a lightbulb moment when in the shower, or you get advice from someone that just makes sense, that’s when […]

Live, Interactive Workshop with Yours Truly

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:00:10 +0000

Okay, this is going to be a lot of fun. In about a month from now, on February 14, I’m hosting a live, interactive, virtual workshop. (i.e. the whole thing will be online, and it’s not a webinar). During the workshop, we’ll be going through a good amount of the material from The Focus Course, […]

Loving This Music by Jordan Critz

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000

A few weeks ago, thanks to the “Pure Focus” playlist put together by Apple Music editors, I discovered some new music by Jordan Critz. Critz is a composer and has done quite a bit of work for movies and television. But last year he stopped writing for licensing and began to write his own music. […]