The Power of a Focused Life

The Focus Course

Find focus. Own your time. Gain traction with your goals.

Get organized and back in control.

Get Control of Your Time and Attention
Free up precious hours in your day. Get better at dealing with distractions, owning your time, and saying “no” to the things that aren’t essential and important.

Spend Your Time Doing What Matters
Moreover, you’ll learn how to make the most of the time you do have so you can spend it on the areas of your life and the people in your life that matter most.

Step Out of That Overwhelmed State
The Focus Course helps you slow down, step back, and see clearly. Then take the right steps in order to reduce the incoming noise, distractions, and chaos of your busy life.

Bring Your Life Into Focus
We'll help you discover your life’s vision as well as the most important roles and responsibilities you have.

Gain Traction on Your Goals
Through the course you’ll discover simple things you can do each day that not only increase overall quality of life, but which also move you forward in accomplishing your goals.

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This course has been so impactful, encouraging, and freeing to me.

Joanna E.Joanna Eitel, Office Manager & Mom

Without any hyperbole, I can honestly say that taking the Focus Course has been life changing.

Ross KimesRoss Kimes, iOS Developer

Get a Proven System for Finding Clarity and Gaining Traction

Aren’t you tired of just reading about productivity and creativity on the internet without seeing real change in your life?

Knowledge alone is not enough to create lasting change.

⭐️ You Need a Secret Weapon
Finally get the advantage over procrastination, uncertainty, and distractions. Find clarity, push through that feeling of overwhelm, get control of your time and attention, and to gain traction in those areas of life where you so desperately need it.

⭐️ Start Small and Simple
Trying to change all the things in one big swoop is a surefire way to fail. The Focus Course paces you and is structured in such a way as to make it fun and simple. Each day of the course takes just 15 minutes or less. And as you move through you will see how it all flows together as something which has been intentionally designed to lead you along the easiest path unto the greatest impact.

⭐️ Learn by Doing
What sets the Focus Course apart is its action-centric approach. You will learn a ton of theory and wisdom that’s surrounded by action. Through each day’s actions you’ll take the wisdom from the course and apply in your everyday life.

⭐️ Move At Your Own Pace
With lifetime access to the Course there is no pressure to stick to a timeframe. The website keeps track of your progress for you so you can start when you’re ready and move at your own pace.

Bring Your Life Into Focus

Sign up now to join in time for our winter 2017 class. Hundreds of Focus Course members will be going through the Course together starting January 8th.

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I can’t recommend Shawn enough. He has proven strategies that give clear direction and actually work.

Amy SullivanAmy Sullivan, Founder of Simplified Home

Shawn’s writing on focus is well thought through and well crafted.

Cal NewportCal Newport, Author of Deep Work

Just as I realized that I needed to rebalance things, I got the opportunity to take The Focus Course. It couldn’t have come at a better time, and I couldn’t be happier with the results it produced in my life.

John VoorheesJohn Voorhees, Attorney, iOS Developer, & Father

Thank you for making The Focus Course! I love the quality, your articles, and your advice on every-day topics. It was very helpful! There is nothing I dislike about course and definitely will recommend it to anyone who wants to live a focused life. The Focus Course is one of the best investments I have made so far.

Andrey SilaevAndrey Silaev, Focus Course Member

Your Best Work. Without Sacrificing Balance.

Create meaningful work without getting bogged down.

The Focus Course is all about doing your best creative work without sacrificing anything between your work and personal life.

Learn about the foundational components of a focused life (vision, goals, action plans, lifestyle practices, and time management) as well as the granular, practical, and actionable elements of diligence, focus, work/life balance, gaining traction in your business or side project, and creating meaningful work.

You will build momentum to follow through on your goals and tasks. You'll establish habits that empower you to do meaningful work and build meaningful relationships. You'll get a healthy understanding of what work/life balance actually means, and learn ways to spend your time on the things that serve your life's vision and values.

Topics include time ownership, dealing with overwhelm, getting things done, overcoming analysis paralysis, diligence, focus, life vision, habits, improving your workflows, the tyranny of the urgent, simplifying, thriving in the midst of a distraction-prone work/life environment, doing your best creative work, strengthening your creative imagination, building deep personal integrity, and more. Whew!

This is more than just head knowledge — it's an introduction to experiential knowledge.

Get real clarity — the kind you won't find from life hacks or self-help books.

Meaningful productivity is the fruit of vision and values. No calendar app or task-management app is going to help you establish the right foundation. If you want to stop spinning your wheels; if you’re tired of ending the day feeling like you didn’t actually get anything done; if you want to create work that matters; if you want to keep your work and personal life in balance… then you have to ask yourself some hard questions. You have to make changes.

“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” — Herbert Spencer

“The greatest wisdom not applied to action and behavior is meaningless data.” — Peter Drucker

In addition to learning, each day there is a small action item — a simple (though not always easy) assignment. Through each day’s action, you’ll take the wisdom from the course and apply it in a practical way to the action and behavior in your everyday life. Learn by doing. Knowledge alone is not always enough to create lasting change.

This is one thing that sets The Focus Course apart from every other productivity, life hack, or self-help book. By taking the course, you’ll get real clarity about what actually works best for you.

Get the guidance you need to bring lasting change.

Each module centers around a specific theme. Each day you’ll be given a fun and simple task to complete along with a teaching lesson about the value, relevancy, and practicality of that day’s task. You can read your way through the course, watch the teaching videos, or both.

The days and modules build on themselves. The Focus Course has been meticulously and intentionally designed to lead you along the easiest and most impactful path. It starts out simple and fun and culminates in profound change and understanding.

What’s Inside The Course

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    47 teaching videos that accompany every single day of the course and every Module introduction.

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    Module One: Foundations

    Days 1-7 focus on personal integrity, creative imagination, progress, reducing distractions, building social support, generosity, and simplifying.

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    Module Two: Honesty

    Days 8-17 focus on who you are and what’s important to you; roles, values, vision, legacy, short- and long-term goals, and how to realistically move toward them.

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    Module Three: Clarity

    Days 18-28 focus on how you’re currently spending your time and energy, what your potential is, and how to apply change and begin making progress.

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    Module Four: Action (and Resistance)

    Days 29-34 focus on the most common areas of resistance and how to overcome them.

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    Module Five: Meaning

    Days 35-40 focus on joy, fear, meaningful work, finding flow, margin for thought, and community.

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    Day 41: Conclusion

    This wrap-up day will help you take your new ideas, understanding, and life changes and maintain them for the long-run. I also share advice on how to stay motivated and keep making forward progress after the course is over, and doing work that matters.


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    23 additional videos and articles ($97 value) where I answer the most common questions and struggles related to focus, time management, work/life balance, and doing meaningful work.

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    Members-only discussion forum for asking questions and sharing ideas, breakthroughs, stories, etc.

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    Downloads: HD videos, PDF Workbooks, goal-setting worksheets, time-management worksheets, the Habit Tracker, and more...

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    Go at your own pace and track your progress on the website. Or download the 273-page PDF workbook and read the course on your iPad, computer, or even print it out.

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    Lifetime access: start when you’re ready, take your time, and go through again in a year from now.

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    60-Day, Money-Back Guarantee: If you’re not delighted by the course, I am happy to give you a full refund, no questions asked.

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The focus comes with an unheard of guarantee: 60 days!

That’s more time than you need to go through the entire course. Heck, you can even wait until after the New Year and then go through the whole course and still have a few days left to think about the refund policy.

After hearing from so many of the 1,500 people who have enrolled in the course to date, I am extremely confident in the value it provides. That's why I am happy to refund your entire purchase with no questions asked.

It’s zero risk on your part.

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The Focus Course



  • Lifetime Course Access
  • Community Forums
  • Monthly Group Coaching Calls (for 12 months)
  • 12 months of Private Community Chat
  • Resource Library Access
  • In-Depth Time Management Training Module
The Focus Course

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  • Lifetime Course Access
  • Community Forums
  • Monthly Group Coaching Calls (for 12 months)
  • 12 months of Private Community Chat
  • Resource Library Access
  • In-Depth Time Management Training Module
  • Two 1-hour private coaching calls with Shawn

60-Day, Money-Back Guarantee

The course has completely changed my life. I started routines that I had been thinking about for decades. I am more aware how many projects I can realistically take on at once, and which will have to be put on the side for now.

If you want to get more done AND have more free time AND feel happier, you NEED to take up this course.

Phong CPhong C., Ballroom Dancer, Photographer, & Writer

My husband, Ben, and I absolutely loved it! If you need focus in your life and want to know how to get to the next place ... this is what you need.

The content is simple yet profoundly powerful.

Havilah Cunnington Havilah Cunnington, Author, Speaker, & Mom

The course has paid for itself several times over. Not only in the books I don’t have to wade through to glean a nugget of wisdom, but in the time you’re taking to do so making the course. Awesome stuff.

Edward M.Edward Moore, Small Business Owner

The Focus Course has been an awesome experience. I look forward to each day. The balance between the big picture theory and experiential assignments is perfect: they have just enough substance to move me forward yet not so daunting as to discourage me from finishing. I also enjoyed how you humanized the content by sharing your own thoughts, goals, struggles, and ideas with us.

Kate Wai Kate Wai, Focus Course Member

Stop Spinning Your Wheels

You have so many things you want to do, but you’re not sure where to start or even how to start.

You’ve been spinning your wheels for so long, you’re not sure how to gain traction at this point.

You’re trying to create more meaningful work. Trying to gain traction. Trying to breakthrough. You need help — something, anything — to pull you out and get you back on track.

You have more ideas than time, which makes managing your priorities a consistent challenge. And, on top of that, your day-to-day responsibilities have you mostly doing work that is urgent, and you rarely, if ever, get do work that is important and satisfying. It feels as if you’ve lost your bearings. And so you find yourself checking email and social media far more often than you want to. And meanwhile, that awesome project and those brilliant ideas are starting to collect dust.

To be honest, you feel stuck...

But you’re here because you’re ready to get un-stuck.

Get Back More Time in Your Day

There is so much knowledge and advice out there. But it’s not easy to dig out the main ideas from all those books, blog posts, think pieces, and podcasts and then apply them to your life.

The easiest path is to be guided through all the steps you need to take and be shown how it all fits together in your life.

After the Focus Course, you will:

🎁 Get back more time in your day.

🎁 Have clarity about how to spend that extra time.

🎁 Have less distractions to deal with (and an action plan for dealing with those distractions you can't fully get rid of).

🎁 Be empowered to say no to the non-important requests on your time and attention that, up until now, have so often stolen you away from the tasks and relationships that you care about.

🎁 Be ready to dance with your fears when it comes to making an impact and doing work that matters.

🎁 Thrive in the midst of life’s messy tensions.

🎁 Have a clear and actionable plan for moving forward.

🎁 Get a clear head amidst the craziness…

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Through The Focus Course, I began to see that focus is about more than just fancy software — it’s a mindset. Before this course I knew nothing about that mindset, but having gone through it I feel like I have the tools to continue working toward achieving the focus I want in every part of my life.

Ben BrooksBen Brooks, Writer, Photographer, and Project Manager

Shawn’s ability to combine deep introspection with applicable exercises is brilliant. This course will re-route your vision, give you direction, and encourage you along the way.

Jaclynn BradenJaclynn Braden, Print and Web Designer

Live without regret in the Age of Distraction

Your artisanal to-do list app is not the problem. Well, maybe.

You can get a clear head amidst the craziness. You can thrive in the midst of the tensions of life. But the answer is not in a methodology, system, or app.

To spend your time creating meaningful work goes far beyond white-knuckle focus or ripping your internet cable out of the wall.

You don’t have to solve the tensions of life before you can create something of value. Meaningful productivity means consistently giving your time and attention to the things which are most important.

You can do work that matters, build momentum in your personal integrity, establish habits that stick, bring a healthy balance between your work and personal life, and re-define what you think of when you say productivity. Learn about your own lifestyle, the way you work, what your values are, and more.

Shawn Blanc

Shawn Blanc

Hello. My name is Shawn and I'm your host and guide through The Focus Course.

I'm a writer, small-business owner, productivity coach, and creative entrepreneur living in Kansas City with my wife and our three boys.

For more than a decade, I have been teaching and learning about creativity, diligence, and focus. I’ve spoken about these topics at conferences, taught them to my friends, family, and co-workers, and I continue to implement them in my own life.

My online classes and courses have helped thousands of people do their best creative work while learning to thrive in the midst of life’s tensions.

I have spent years figuring out solutions to the challenges related to focus in an age where the Internet lives in our pocket. I have examined my own habits, studied many other solutions, and rigorously tested different approaches over and over again.

At the end of the day, it's all unto giving our time and energy to the things which are meaningful. I want a lifestyle that is conducive to doing my best creative work without sacrificing my healthy personal and family life.

The truth is this:

Living with diligence and focus is not a personality type — it’s a skill you can learn.

Creating The Focus Course has changed my life. It has changed the lives of those who take it. And it can change your life too.

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Join 1,500 people who have brought their life into focus...

I have read my share of productivity books, blogs, and hacks, but nothing I have read comes close to your work in terms of helpfulness, depth, and significance.

Tracy Banks Tracy B., Attorney & Law School Professor

This course forced me to beat the resistance and do the work. The result is that I learned so much more because I actually did the work and tasted the fruit that so many productivity books talk about. And this was huge for me. In all of the reading I’ve done, the The Focus Course had something new and original that was very beneficial to my life.

Tyler SoenenTyler Soenen, Engineer & Project Manager

I'm loving this course! I hesitated before purchasing because I wasn't sure I wanted to dole out that much money right after the holidays. However, I looked at my life as it is and where I want to go and knew that I needed change — and not just another book or random habit to make (or break). In the end The Focus Course was a no-brainer, and I'm so happy I took the leap!

The course is so practical and stimulating. It has bled into almost every area of my life and has caused me to think, not only about what I do, but how and why I do it. I love that it is so holistic, as well — just as much about "who" we are as it is "what" we do. So, thank you!

Sara Perry, Focus Course Member

The Course is perfect and really does what it promises: it helps you focus. It’s the perfect kind of words and the structure is great.

Florian T.Florian Taltavull, Student & Writer

I’m a big fan of intentional and measured progress and The Focus Course delivers on that in spades. As someone who prides themselves on focused productivity and fostering routines that can lead to a more intentional life, I can honestly say that what Shawn has put together was a huge help to me as I continue to experience growth and evolution in my work and home life. The Focus Course galvanized and revitalized me.

Mike Vardy Mike Vardy, Writer, Productivity Strategist, & Founder of Productivityist

I’ve been really pleased to see Shawn writing about more productivity focussed subjects. Shawn’s course helps you figure out where you want to go and how to get there. If you’re feeling adrift or just want to help get yourself more focussed, check it out.

David SparksDavid Sparks, Business attorney, podcaster, blogger, & author

I loved it! I highly recommend the Focus Course to anyone who wants to reframe their thinking and habits to line up with their values. The mix of inspiration, learning, and simple practicals throughout the material made it so enjoyable. Thanks Shawn!

Elana SchmelzleElana Schmelzle, United Health Group coach

All too often, people approach creativity in a hazy, lazy, almost mystical way. Not so Shawn Blanc. He takes a clear-eyed, sober look at how our choices affect our creativity and much more.

John Moore Williams John Moore Williams, Director of Content Strategy @ InVisionApp.

The Focus Course has gotten me to look closer at the full scope of my life and where I want to spend my time and effort more than any other course or book has before.

Brian W. Brian Y., Focus Course Member

I just want to say thanks for this course. It just keeps getting better and better. I keep thinking to myself that I’m going to do it again.

Steven Schulze Steven Schulze, Focus Course Member

I just want to say that the Focus Course has been fantastic so far. It’s clear that you’ve put a ton of time and effort into researching and writing.

Brian Hamilton Brian Hamilton, Student

The Focus Course helped me create a manageable plan of action that worked with my work and lifestyle that I could easily implement.

Christopher Wilson Christopher Wilson, English Teacher in Poland

I just wanted to add how much I am enjoying the course. The content has been way above my expectations. It is something I look forward to every day and is starting to have what I feel is a profound impact on all aspects of my life. Thank you.

Tom Hutchinson Tom Hutchinson, Focus Course Member

To me, the Focus Course is an excellent toolbox filled with questions that guide and direct me to what I find important in life. It provides guidance on how to move the needle forward in the different areas of life. It has been awesome doing it.

Maarten Monballieu Maarten Monballieu, Financial Controller & Father.

Questions & Answers

60-Day, Money-Back Guarantee

Yes, there is a guarantee. I am quite confident that the contents and value of the course are well worth the investment. If, however, you’re not delighted with your purchase, just email me within 60 days of your purchase and I’ll be happy to give you a full refund. No questions asked.

Do you offer group rates?

Yes. For groups, The Focus Course has an admin dashboard where you can manage your group access codes and see who has registered using your code and track their progress through the course. This is ideal for companies and offices that want their staff to go through the productivity training, as well as schools, churches, or any other group that wants to go through the course together.

If you have a group larger than 25, note that discounted pricing is available. Please email me for information about pricing and sign-up.

Can my spouse and I take the course together?

Absolutely. I encourage you to take it together. Note that the way the website is built, you will have a single unique username and password, and your progress through the course will be tied to that username. If you and your spouse both go through at the exact same pace this is fine. But if you go through at individual paces, only one of you will be able to keep your lesson progress marked on the site — the other will have to remember where he/she is at.

If you and your spouse want to each have your own unique login to the website, then it’s an additional $99 for the other login. Please email me for the details about discounted spouse pricing.

Do you offer student discounts?

Yes, the student price is $175. To apply, please send me an email with information about where you’re currently attending school.

How does the course work?

The Focus Course is open enrollment, which means you can start anytime you want and go at any pace you like. You will get access to the entire course contents (no dripping) right away.

Some will do the course straight through in 40 days, others may do one day each week. Or whatever. If you only want to do lessons on weekdays? Cool! Need to take a vacation just as you’re completing Module Two? No problem! The website keeps track of which days you have completed, and you can easily see your progress on the Table of Contents page.

And since you have lifetime access to the course, there is no rush to complete it (or even start it) until you’re ready.

Here’s a brief video walkthrough of the website.

Who is the course for?

The Focus Course is for anyone who wants to increase productivity, personal integrity, morale, and overall quality of life. What sets the course apart is that it guides you in the implementation of these principles so that these topics go beyond mere head knowledge and into experiential knowledge.

There are many ideas and principles taught during the course, and they all tie together. This course will help you form an holistic picture of work/life balance, meaningful productivity, and doing work that matters.

This course has been taken by project mangers, photographers, engineers, small business owners, designers, developers, mom, dads, office assistants, and more.

The average satisfaction rating from those who’ve completed the course is 4.6 out of 5 stars with 100% of them saying that The Focus Course had a positive impact and that they learned about the things they were wanting to learn about and they saw change in the areas they were hoping.

What’s special about the “Premium” level of the Course?

The Premium level of the Focus Course is about giving you every advantage possible.

First of all, the Focus Course Premium includes a copy of our Time Management class. Because one of the main areas of feedback we hear from Focus Course members is that after completing the Focus Course they still want to level up their time management skills. Thus, our Time Management Class was created for those wanting to dive deeper into scheduling, prioritizing, and time management training. The class consists of 30 MP3 lessons (5 hours of total audio) and 7 PDF worksheets you can use for getting clarity about your time and scheduling your day It’s jam-packed with strategies, tactics, and practical advice you can use right now to get control of your time.

Secondly, The Focus Course Premium includes one year of membership in our members-only Focus Club. The Focus Club is about bridging the gap between clarity and action. We have a thriving membership base that is active in our private Slack group every day, we host monthly group coaching calls, and you get access to an exclusive resource library.

What is the All Access level?

The Focus Course, All Access includes everything listed above for the Premium course. It also includes two (2) one-hour, personal coaching calls with me (Shawn). All Access is very limited, so that I can focus my full attention on the handful of people who sign up.

Having a couple of individual and personalized coaching calls will be instrumental in making sure you get the clarity you need from The Focus Course. We can discuss your business, side project, creative pursuits, general time management challenges, and more.

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This course has changed my life. I have an independent job, big family, friends and a brain who always wants to do new things. It was a mess of unfinished projects. Now I have a prescription of rest of my life with my 6 life goals.

Kjell Anker WorrenKjell Anker Worren, Focus Course Member

Shawn, and his Focus Course, helped me get back to center. Which can be quite a challenge to find in the massive jungle that is the mess of our modern lives. It helped me define what was important and why — and how to execute on those things.

Andrew CarrollAndrew Carrol, CPA & CFO