Your Focus Guide
👋 Hello. My name is Shawn and I am honored to be your host and guide through the Focus Course!
I’m a productivity coach living in Kansas City with my wife and our three boys.
♥️ Married for 17 years, and we have 3 boys. Send pizza! 🍕
For the past 20 years, I have been learning and teaching about creativity, diligence, and focus. I’ve spoken about these topics at conferences and workshops; I've taught them to private groups and one-on-one clients; and my online courses have helped more than 15,000 people.
My Journey From Overwhelmed to Focused
I used to work 80 hours per week. And even then, with all those hours, I still felt behind with my never-ending issues at work! I kept thinking I would eventually get ahead of the craziness and start making progress on meaningful work.
Eventually I quit that job to begin working for myself. But even then, I still found that I was always chasing my to-do list. I never felt satisfied at the end of my work day; there was always more to be done. Work was always on my mind.
When my first son was born, I realized that I needed do to better. I didn’t want my work life to dominate my time and energy. But, at the same time, I still had a strong desire to do meaningful work.
These seemingly-opposing forces shouldn’t have to fight one another. I knew it was okay to have a thriving work life while also having an awesome personal life.
Get My Personal Productivity Systems (and so much more)
I have spent years figuring out solutions related to focus.
The systems and tools that I'll show you inside the Focus Course are the same ones I have developed, taught, and used in order to:
✓ Eliminate 90% of the busywork, urgency, and procrastination from my week.
✓ Help others get more breathing room in their schedule (even when it felt impossible to them).
✓ Allow everyone in my company to take off two months (paid) every year.
✓ Consistently plan out my year, my month, my week, and my day to do the things that I want to do.
✓ Organize my tasks and my time with minimum effort.
These are time-tested and proven (we have over 15,000 customers).
The material in the Focus Course has changed my life. It has helped thousands of others who have already taken it. And it can change your life, too.
Are there areas of your life that don’t get the attention you want them to? Of course there are. And it’s easy to get stressed out about it.
When our actions and behaviors don’t line up with our vision and values, it can cause stress and frustration. We feel tension when we find ourselves spending time on things we don’t really want to be doing, yet we feel helpless to do anything else.
You know what’s awesome? When your actions and behaviors align with your vision and values.
There’s a huge misconception that says you should be giving your full attention to every area of your life. Well, if you’ve ever tried, you know it’s just not possible.
There is no way you can deploy your full attention to your health, your relationships, your finances, your career, your personal hobbies, and your inner personal life all at the same time.
You and I only have enough mental and emotional strength to focus on just one, maybe two areas of our life at a time. Like really focus on them. The other areas simply can’t get our full attention.
And but so, what do you do with those other areas of your life? You certainly don’t want to leave them out in the cold — you can’t just ignore them.
The secret is in a little thing called routine.
By establishing healthy habits and routines for every area of your life, then you’re able to keep them on track even without giving them your full attention.
It’s a way to keep all of your life on track and in balance, no matter the season. It’s a way to ensure you’re not giving an unhealthy amount of time to one area at the detriment to the other areas of your life.
Think about some of the most accomplished and successful people you know.
Not in terms of the most well-off or well-known. I mean, who are the people you look up to as mentors and role models? Who do you know that has it all together?
Do you notice how they always know what’s next for them? They’ve got something they’re working towards, and they always seem to get things done.
They have a confidence and motivation that is more than just a personality type. Because it’s a confidence based on focus and clarity. They have a direction and know how to get there.
Good news! Diligence and focus are not a personality type. Focus is a skill you can learn (and continually improve).
And that’s exactly what I teach you in The Focus Course. You will walk away with the ability to focus on the areas of life that matter most to you, while still maintaining a healthy balance in the others. This is how the most successful people maintain breathing room in their daily life while also being so prolific and productive.
Margin: How to shift from overloaded to breathing. The necessity of breathing room and margin, and the only two approaches that work to restore it.
The 5 Components of a Focused Life: The overarching framework of The Focus Course.
The 4-Focus Method: My simple flywheel that I use to stay perpetually focused and productive in every area of life — for big projects and areas of responsibility, all the way down down to the small tasks each day.
Schedule-Value Fit and how to spend your time on more of the right things more often.
The 8 Laws of Focus and how to use them maintain your clarity and your direction.
What motivates you: balancing the roles in your life with your core values; drafting out your life's mission.
The Ownership Matrix: A tool that helps you cut back on the tasks and activities that are pulling you away from the more important things so you can eliminate or delegate your low-level tasks, and double down on the important things that only you can do.
Personal Integrity: The critical ability everyone needs in order to keep commitments to themselves and follow through with their goals and routines.
Success Strategies: How is it that focused people get (most of) the right things done day after day (most of the time)? (Hint: We don't get it perfect every day all the time. But we have a way to stay on track, even when we lose motivation or have a bad week.)
A simple task and time management approach that keeps you on track and can work with any type of app, tool, or schedule.
Cornerstone Habits and the connection between your big, desired outcomes and your small, daily actions.