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Create More Focus by Reducing Inputs, a Reader’s Mac and iOS Setup, Music for Deep Work, and More

Here are the things we published this week and last. You can also stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter and RSS. Also, we have a weekly email newsletter that sums up all the new and cool things published to the site. If you like to stay up-to-date via email, then you should sign up here. Reduce Your Inputs to Create More Focus » You need input,...

Reduce Your Inputs to Create More Focus

You need input, advice, and inspiration in order to make decisions, come up with new ideas, or take action on something. But with too many inputs (especially too many non-essential inputs), your ability to think clearly and make decisions is hindered. It leads to less progress, dual focus, and, ultimately, very little traction. Left-to-right: (1)...

Bart Kesner’s Mac and iOS Setup

In this series, we post a new interview with someone about what software they use on their Mac, iPhone, or iPad. We do these interviews because not only are they fun, but a glimpse into what tools someone uses and how they use those tools can spark our imagination and give us an idea or insight into how we can do things better. New setup interviews...

Setting up VIP Notifications in Apple Mail, Music for Deep Work, and More

Here are the things we published this week and last. You can also stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter and RSS. Also, we have a weekly email newsletter that sums up all the new and cool things published to the site. If you like to stay up-to-date via email, then you should sign up here. Music for Deep Work » I’ve always loved music, from...

How to Set Up VIP Notifications in Apple Mail

It doesn’t take long for an email inbox to overflow, does it? If you’re like most people and leave notifications enabled for every new message, you’ll quickly find yourself frustrated by the number of times these notifications interrupt your focus. Luckily, Apple Mail allows you to designate certain contacts as VIPs, which gives you two key benefits:...

Music for Deep Work

I’ve always loved music, from picking out melodies on the piano as a kid, to specializing in a music education program through college, it has been a central theme through a lot of my life. Since college, I’ve had less to do with making or playing music besides occasionally tinkering with our old upright piano from time to time. As someone that spends...

Idea Development Systems, Getting Organized with Mind Maps, and More

Here are the things we published this week and last. You can also stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter and RSS. Also, we have a weekly email newsletter that sums up all the new and cool things published to the site. If you like to stay up-to-date via email, then you should sign up here. Mike’s Idea System 2.0 » I’ve always been fascinated...

Prime Your Creative Pump (TSS Webinar)

Tomorrow… Thursday, 18 February… at 1:00pm CST / 2:00pm EST We are hosting a free webinar to help you beat writer’s block, make sure nothing falls through the cracks, and take action on those half-baked ideas that you’ve been procrastinating on by using our four-part idea system. Why is it important to have a system for your ideas? Because the mind...

Mike’s Idea System 2.0

I’ve always been fascinated by the human brain. As amazingly powerful as our computers have become, in some ways they still don’t hold a candle to your biological hardware. For example, they’re great for repeatable tasks and automation, but your brain is far superior when it comes to ideation and brainstorming. Which begs the question — where do ideas...

How to Use Folding & Focus Mode in MindNode

If you work with large mind maps frequently, you’ve probably already experienced how overwhelming things can become as your mind map continues to grow. Fortunately, MindNode has a couple of features which make it a lot easier to focus on only the sections you want to see. Folding Nodes Folding a node hides all the child nodes that are nested below...

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