The Weekly Briefly
By Shawn Blanc
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The Weekly Briefly is a very short, weekly podcast discussing creativity, technology, and the like. It serves as the once-a-week public episode of the daily, members-only podcast, Shawn Today.
||CleanTaking a Weekly Briefly Break||The Weekly Briefly went on accidental hiatus as I've been spending all my time over the past month with the launch of the Focus Course. Now, on the heels of that launch, and a relatively busy year, I'm taking some time off to be with family and plan fo.||7/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWWDC 2015: Highlights and Awesomeness||I'm back from San Francisco and am glad to return to the podcast microphone. Yes, I hear you, I could have taken my podcast rig with me, but I went to SF to meet with friends and peers in the industry and drink delicious coffee and so I had very little.||6/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMoney Buys Opportunity||On this week's show I want to unpack the topic of money. I’ve been asking people what’s their biggest challenge is when it comes to doing work that matters. And a lot of people say money. As in, a lack of money. I wrote about this on shawnblanc.||5/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4-Day Weekend||Just a short note that there's no real episode this week. Enjoy your weekend, and I'll talk to you next time.||5/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Best Creative Work||On today’s show I want to talk about doing your best creative work. What does that even mean? Here’s a picture of someone doing her best creative work: She shows up every day. When it’s easy and when it’s hard. It doesn’t matter. She is comm||5/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAvoiding Burnout||Today’s show I want to talk about “learning”. More accurately, I want to talk about how thirsty you are to do your best creative work. Because it takes more than just showing up every day to do our best creative work.||5/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJoy in the Journey||The best musicians in the world practice every single day. For hours a day. And they don’t just practice their favorite songs and coolest licks — they practice the techniques and scales and fills that they’re bad at.||5/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanApple Watch and The Just Checks||I began wearing a watch several years ago — maybe four years ago — because I was tired of constantly pulling my pone out of my pocket in order to check the time only to find myself suddenly checking email, Twitter, etc.||4/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChoosing to Choose||A short and sweet episode this week, with some food for thought regarding our choice to choose and why it's so important.||4/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7 Reasons Daily Habits Are Awesome||Today I want to talk about the purpose of (and the science behind) lifestyle practices and daily habits. This topic is one of the most important issues of my life. I have a personal commitment to live with intentionality in as many areas of my life as.||4/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn Fear, Perseverance, and Meaningful Work: 4 Years Making a Living Online||This week's episode is longer than normal because it's jam packed with stories and advice from the past four years of making a living online. I share ins and outs, fears and motivations, challenges and victories. Highlights include:||4/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to get it all done||On my weekly newsletter, The Fight Spot, I ask people what their biggest challenge is related to focus and doing their best creative work. One very common issue is the issue of having more ideas than time. People have so many interesting, exciting,||3/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHappy People Make More Meaningful Work||Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar: You’re stressed out at work, because there’s a big project coming up. The deadline is looming. So you cancel your plans Friday night and work late. You go in to work on Saturday and Sunday,||3/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStaying Balanced When We’re Hyper-Focused on a Particular Project||Raise your hand if you can relate to this statement: “I can easily get so caught up a project that it becomes the only thing I think about all the time.” Examples: You’ve started a new personal project,||3/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Recharge||I believe the reason people dislike Mondays is because they wasted the 48 hours in their weekend — they didn’t get any true rest, and thus never recharged. They are more worn out on Monday morning than they were on Friday evening. Benjamin Frankli||3/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThriving in the midst of tension||On today's episode: thriving in the midst of the tensions between our time, ideas, and focus. Links Honesty, Clarity, and Action The Power of a Focused Life The Fight Spot Newsletter The Procrastinator’s Guide to Progress Sponsored by Sprint.||2/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Integrity Snowball||There is a good, common practice when it comes to debt elimination called The Debt Snowball. The goal of The Debt Snowball is to pay off all your credit card and consumer debt as quickly as possible. In some cases this could take several months if not .||2/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Procrastination Robs Us From Doing Our Best Creative Work||On today's show: creativity, fear, and procrastination. I think we can all agree that fear is the biggest enemy to creativity. We're born creative, but we learn to be afraid. After we've been hurt, wounded, scolded,||2/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Inbox Conundrum||A few days ago I announced a new email newsletter I'll be sending out every week. On this week's show (which, my apologies that it's a few days late) I answer the question of why I'm doing an email newsletter when I already have a blog to publish to.||2/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBuild, Maintain, Rest||If you ever were to take a week or a month and keep track of how you truly spend your time every day, you might cry a little bit on the inside. Many times the most important things we should be doing are ones which also feel mundane and tedious in the.||1/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Best Creative Work, Part II||Last week's show was about technology. But, more specifically, how technology helps us to do our best creative work. Today's show is about another aspect of doing our best creative work: our inner work life.||1/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Best Creative Work, Part I||Technology can hinder us from doing our best creative work. We get addicted to checking our email, our Facebook feed, our Instagram likes, our Twitter @replies and we never get to that valuable time we set aside for creating. And then,||1/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow we tripled the traffic and income to Tools & Toys||It’s been 90 days since the re-design of Tools & Toys went live, and compared to the same quarter last year we saw a 3x growth in pageviews, unique visitors, and site revenue. And so, on today's show I wanted to share more about why we decided to red||1/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe “Best”||The pursuit of “the best”. Who doesn't love to find the best tools, the best coffee, the best food, the best experiences, etc? I know I do. But I realize that this can, at times, be an unhealthy pursuit. Too much focus on only ever doing and experi||1/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Rough Elements of an Annual Plan||For the last episode of 2014, I wanted to talk about planning for the next year. It's not nearly as lame or tedious as it sounds -- in fact, it's something my wife and I have done for the past 3 years and we look forward to it.||12/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Holiday Challenge||This is the last episode until after Christmas, and so I wanted to give a challenge for everyone heading in to the holiday time off. Rest well. It's easier said than done, to be sure. But wouldn't it be awesome to come back from your Christmas vacati.||12/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHoliday Photography||On this week's episode of The Weekly Briefly I’m joined by my former podcasting partner in crime, Ben Brooks. We talk about (a) what sort of camera you should buy if you want to upgrade from your iPhone, and (b) how to increase your chances of snappin||12/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Couple of iPhone Cases||To be honest, I'm not entirely comfortable using my iPhone 6 without a case -- especially now that the colder winter weather has arrived. And so, I'm trying out a few different cases for the first time ever.||12/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnowing Where Our Best Creative Work Comes From||An early episode because it's Thanksgiving week. On today's show: The glories and the perils of running your own business. Why showing up every day is important for building an audience. Why trust and transparency are important for keeping an audien.||11/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHiring help: Why, When, and How||Hiring help should be seen as an investment in your company, and on today's show I talk about hiring help (employees or contractors). I share about the people I've hired to help me with my websites, how I found them, and why I brought them on.||11/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Shawn is my kind of creative
Shawn’s is a good show. He thought process is much like mine, but he’s interested in different stuff. He stretches my way of thinking yet turns it to focus on the essentials every step of the way. I like the way Shawn analyzes products, then how he implements them to their fullest. He studies his gadgets, then shares what he makes of them with the world to the best of his ability without pretenses. He’s a regular guy with an extraordinary level of concentration.
‘The Weekly Briefly’ is just one of the episodes each week Shawn’s records for his other membership-exclusive podcast. I’ve not listened to membership one before, but I enjoyed Shawn on the ‘B&B’ podcast back in the day, so I have been giving ‘The Weekly Briefly’ a try.
The "professional grade iOS" chat was interesting, but I don't think the 21 minutes it took to listen to Shawn talking was worth it. Had this been text, it could have been skimmed through in only a few minutes. Perhaps this is just a problem with Podcasts in general. Also, only having one person on the episode seems a bit odd. But would yet another conversation between various Mac experts be better? At this point, it'll take an incredibly interesting topic to get me to listen to an entire episode.
(Edit: I just listened to the Indie episode, and again it was very interesting (and certainly relevant for me). It did take about nine minutes to get to the meat of the conversation. If you've got the time to listen to Shawn regularly (e.g. a commute) then you'll probably enjoy the podcast.