David Sparks and Mike Schmitz are not nearly as productive as they’d like to be. Join these fellow travelers (and a bunch of special guests) as they share the best ways to get focused, and talk though their successes and failures along the way.

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#152: Mental Models

May 24th, 2022 · 79 minutes

David & Mike share some of their favorite mental models and how to use them for better sensemaking.

#151: The Bento Method, with Francesco D'Alessio

May 11th, 2022 · 66 minutes

Francesco D'Alessio joins us to talk about the state of productivity apps, picking the right tools, and his new app, Bento.

#150: Optimize for Intentionality

April 26th, 2022 · 88 minutes

David & Mike celebrate episode 150 by talking about focus traps and answering a bunch of listener questions.

#149: Asking Questions, with Marc Champagne

April 12th, 2022 · 72 minutes

Marc Champagne (author of Personal Socrates) joins us to talk about mental fitness, journaling, and why simply asking the right questions can change your life.

#148: Savoring the Moment, with Chris Bailey

March 29th, 2022 · 89 minutes

Chris Bailey is back to talk about his dopamine fast, the art of savoring, and avoiding the productivity racket.

#147: Task Management & Focus

March 15th, 2022 · 86 minutes

David & Mike revisit the topic of task management to talk about Mike's Obsidian task management experiment and their (very different) use of checklists.

#146: The Extended Mind, with Annie Murphy Paul

March 1st, 2022 · 61 minutes

Author Annie Murphy Paul joins us to talk about playing with ideas, working in groups, and other ways to extend the mind.

#145: Focus & Your Environment

February 15th, 2022 · 81 minutes

David & Mike consider how the environment affects our ability to focus and share the very different ways they set up their workspaces.

#144: Enough, with Patrick Rhone

February 1st, 2022 · 86 minutes

Patrick Rhone joins us to talk about analog productivity, knolling, mise en place, and staying focused while wearing many hats.

#143: Thinking Annually

January 18th, 2022 · 90 minutes

David and Mike share some thoughts about what they’re up to in the new year and the personal changes they’re making to their routines.