The Focus Course


Interview With Cal Newport: Deep Work and Focus

This is an episode of my podcast, Shawn Today, and I had the honor of talking with Cal Newport. Cal Newport is one of my favorite writers and thinkers. His book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You, was one of the most impactful books I read in 2015. And his brand new book, Deep Work,

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Why Margin is Critical for Doing Your Best Creative Work

Margin is so important because having that breathing room in your life is healthy. You need margin in your schedule, in your finances, and in your relationships. You need breathing room for your creative energy. Margin helps you show up every day to do and focus on your best creative work. And much more. Sometimes,

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Interview with Corbett Barr: Less Thinking, More Doing

In this podcast episode, I’m joined by very special guest, Corbett Barr. Corbett is the co-founder and CEO of Fizzle, an online business training resource plus community for indie entrepreneurs. In the show, Corbett and I discuss building an audience, building an online business, doing your best creative work over the long-run of a decades-long

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Margin for Creativity

In his book, Deep Work, Cal Newport states that as our information economy grows, there is an ever-increasing advantage for knowledge workers who are able to focus. His Deep Work Hypothesis is this: The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our

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Give Your Day Some Breathing Room

I love how David Allen says that you can’t actually manage time. If you start with 5 minutes, there’s no way to manage it well enough that it will turn into 6 minutes. What you can do is manage how you spend your time. Which is more like time stewardship — because you alone are

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Margin Enables Intentional Living

What is margin? Margin is breathing room. It’s the opposite of overwhelm, overload, and overtime. Margin means having some cash in the bank at the end of the month. It means having time during your day to spend on the things that are most important. When we have this breathing room, it opens up a

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Introduction to Margin (Part 2)

Pre-S: This is the second of a 2-part introduction to Margin. You can read Part 1 here. For everything we’ve got related to Margin, check out this page. * * * Though they are related, Margin and Stress are not the same thing. A lack of margin can (and usually will) cause stress. Being overloaded

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Dial Down, Say No, and Make Time

In addition to my own efforts to dial down and re-focus on doing the things which are most important and most enjoyable to me, I’ve come across a handful of other folks doing the same. Below are a few links and quotes I hope you find useful. CGP Grey, in his article “Dialing Down”: “I

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