The Focus Course

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Choosing the Right Tools

Selecting the right tools for the job requires a little more forethought then, “Oh that looks shiny.” Let’s challenge some assumptions you may have regarding the tools you’ve adopted.

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Before Getting to Tool Selection

While the various tools we use for getting work done is important, they are impartial to the creative process. Taking time to plan through the work we’re tying to accomplish goes a long way when it comes to selecting the best tools.

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The Power of Focus

This guest post by Mo Bunnell is about people with a common characteristic: focus. These people have an incredible ability to pick something to move forward, dedicate incredible energy, to it, and drive it to completion. They create. And they finish. They ship their creations.

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Do Meaningful Work at Work

Over the past year we have been getting regular questions from folks about how we run things here at Blanc Media. From our 8-week work cycles, to our daily schedules and systems, to our project management software, and more. In response to these questions, we are hosting an online workshop in a few weeks.

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The Power of a Clarity Day

Like all of us, Mike Vardy has many things he wants and need to do. In order to combat all the demands on his time and energy, and to make sure he stays focused on what matters, he has what he calls The Clarity Day.

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Initial Thoughts on Some Research and Notes Apps

A few months ago, I shared about my desire to begin organizing the notes and highlights and takeaways from the books I read. Jeff Goins wrote that “what we call ‘writing’ is actually made up of three distinct activities: coming up with ideas, turning those ideas into drafts, and then editing those drafts into publishable

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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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