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As I wrote about way back in 2013, who says you have to be busy before you can be a poor email correspondent?
I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with email (and Twitter, too, for that matter). I love how they’ve allowed me to connect with folks, build friendships, and make things over the years, but I hate how email (and Twitter) can be such a draw for my attention and a distraction during my day.
It was in 2011 that I quit my day job to begin indie blogging for a living. Over the years as I’ve focused on writing, creating profitable websites, building courses, and working with a team…. Email and Twitter have consistenly been two of the greatest distractions I’ve had to deal with when it comes to doing focused, undistracted work.
Over the next few weeks, you can look forward to a series of reviews, guides, and stories that are all about email.
Such as an update to our pick for the best email app in the works.
We have a brand-new tool that we’ve been working on for a while that we can’t wait to share with you.
And, on September 29, we’ll be launching our next big course: Calm Inbox.
As summer draws ever nearer to a close, it comes high time to review a bunch of the photos you shot over the summer. Whether you choose to edit, share, or publish the photos will be up to you, but I often find myself printing off my favorites each September.
And I’ve been very pleased with how Artifact Uprising makes the intangible tangible on each print run.
Artifact Uprising offers a wide range of printed photo products, like Everyday Print Sets, Ultra-Thick Signature Prints (my personal favorite), Gallery Wall Frames, Large Format Prints, Hardcover Photo Books, and even photo accessories for showcasing your photography in your home.
From creation to order to shipment, Artifact has the photo printing service experience nailed to a “T” — if you’re willing to pay for it.
New & Updated!
You deserve to be free to focus on your ideas, your writing, your notes, and your research.
But it can be frustrating to use an app that is difficult to use; or even worse… use multiple different apps and have your stuff scattered all over the place.
Learn Ulysses is the premier video course for improving your writing workflows with the best writing app, Ulysses.
Available now, with a special discounted pricing during launch week.
Parents: I want you to think back to when your child was born.
Remember the joy you felt the first time you hold that child in your arms. The first time they wrapped their tiny little fingers around yours. The first time they made eye contact with you. The first time they smiled.
Now imagine being told that child, which means the world to you, has cancer.
This story is all too familiar for many of the families that St. Jude supports.
That includes our friends Stephen Hackett and his wife Merri, who have gone through this with their son, Josiah.
For a family facing a cancer diagnosis for their child, the last thing you want to be thinking about is how to pay for the treatment your child needs.
And that is what makes St. Jude so amazing.
Families (like Stephen’s) never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food. They believe that all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from individual contributors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most — saving kids regardless of their financial situation.
That’s why we’re happy to promote the Relay FM partnership with St. Jude to raise funds during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Last year, the goal was to raise $75,000 in support of ending childhood cancer. But they blew past that, thanks in no small part to the generosity of The Sweet Setup community. So this year, the goal starts where last year ended — $315,000.
Here at The Sweet Setup, a portion of all our course sales during September will be donated to St. Jude. If you’d like to join us in supporting this great cause, you can donate directly using this link.
I love a good, fine-tipped pen for writing in pocket notebooks or doing clean detail work while sketching. Staedtler’s [0.05mm “Pigment Liner” pens] are just the ticket, with their long, needle-like tips that create crisp and precise lines (without bleedthough), which dry almost instantly and are then waterproof.
A new professional app for the iPad just launched last week. It’s called Muse, and it turns your iPad into a tool for thought.
Muse gives you a spatial canvas for your research notes, sketches, screenshots, PDFs, and bookmarks. File managers and note-taking apps give you sorted lists and grids of your content. By contrast, Muse is inspired by your desk: personal, creative, even a little messy.
You can pull in documents and clippings from iCloud or Dropbox, your Camera Roll, or drag-and-drop from other apps. Use your Pencil to draw on, around or in-between everything. The zooming interface allows you to nest all your content to create a beautiful, explorable knowledge garden.
Muse is $99.99 per year but you can try it free with up to 100 cards. Download it on your iPad today.
Our thanks to Muse for sponsoring the site!