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Startup and Shutdown Routines »

Startup and Shutdown Routines

As a young trial lawyer, an experienced, older attorney took me aside and explained what’s important about closing arguments: “The key is to nail the beginning and the ending, and anything that happens in the middle doesn’t matter so much.”

I would argue that the beginning and end of your day are equally important. Startup and shutdown routines are the way you add structure to your day. Without them, you become adrift in a sea of competing obligations. I know because I have spent too many days adrift.

At one point in my life, I found myself working harder than ever but feeling like I was accomplishing little. The implementation of startup and shutdown rituals fixed that for me. They brought order to my chaos. I want to share those with you here in hopes that you can get a little inspiration and experiment with your own startup and shutdown routines.

How to Configure Focus Modes to Eliminate Distractions and Interruptions »

How to Configure Focus Modes to Eliminate Distractions and Interruptions

I’ve been a heavy user of Do Not Disturb as a way of eliminating distractions on my Mac and iOS devices for a long time. But if you don’t want to completely block the outside world, the Focus modes feature built into macOS & iOS is surprisingly powerful. Here’s how to use this underrated feature to protect your focus and stay in the zone.

Introducing Do Not Disturb 🌙 »

You know that button on your phone that silences all the annoying dings, alerts, and notifications?

animation of Do Not Disturb mode activation

The Do Not Disturb Focus Booster is like installing that button across your whole life — so you can tap into peak productivity at a moment’s notice (and actually sustain it).

Just like all the other Focus Boosters we’ve done this year, Do Not Disturb is 100% free for our Focus Accelerator members (who also have access to our complete library of courses, live coaching calls, our Digital Planner, a private Slack community, and much more).

Focus Boosters are themed challenges for our growing community of 350 Focus Accelerator members. Each Booster is designed to help you level up in a specific area of task, time, and idea management.

Our Do Not Disturb Focus Booster is our fourth of 2023, and it’s built for anyone who wants to develop the kind of deep work discipline needed to squeeze the most out of your available hours every day.

The first live coaching call will be on Tuesday, July 18. Join the Focus Accelerator Membership today and we’ll save you a spot!

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The Ultimate Guide to Using Do Not Disturb on Mac and iOS »

The Ultimate Guide to Using Do Not Disturb on Mac and iOS

We are all about getting our most important work done around here. Whether that means using the best task manager apps or creating an ideal schedule, we are always fighting for focus. One of the biggest enemies of focus is distractions. And they are in abundance. Enter Do Not Disturb.

Our many devices are one of the main culprits of distractions. Why focus on important work when you can doom scroll?

Is Matter or Readwise Reader the Read-Later App for You? »

Is Matter or Readwise Reader the Read-Later App for You?

There’s been a battle brewing over the past year or so between Matter and Readwise Reader over which is the better brand-spanking-new read later service. Here at The Sweet Setup, we try to pick the best apps and services in every category we can, but the TSS crew is split on this one, so today Josh and Matt are going to make their case for why they prefer each of these apps.

Threats to Your Time and Attention »

Threats to Your Time and Attention

What is it that holds you back from being efficient and intentional with your time? What obstacles do you face to doing focused, deep work?

Previously, I shared about the three “waves” of productivity: Efficiency, Intentionality, and Meaning.

Now, let’s dive in and find out what it is that threatens these three areas of productive. In short, what is it that threatens your time, attention, and focus…?

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