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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#122: Linking Your Thinking with Nick Milo

March 30th, 2021 · 87 minutes

Nick Milo from Linking Your Thinking joins this week to consider the role of focus in idea development and knowledge management.

#121: Analog Focus, with Jeff Sheldon

March 16th, 2021 · 81 minutes

Jeff Sheldon from Ugmonk joins us to talk about his Analog productivity system, connecting dots, intentional constraints, and being a geek for the details.

#120: Caveday with Jake Kahana

March 2nd, 2021 · 75 minutes

Jake Kahana from Caveday joins to talk about his journey and how Cavedays can help you get your focus mojo back.

#119: Productivity & Meditation, with Chris Bailey

February 16th, 2021 · 93 minutes

Author Chris Bailey joins us to talk about the productivity benefits of meditation, conquering resistance, and the path of least regret.

#118: Tasks and Habits

February 2nd, 2021 · 102 minutes

Tasks are great but sometimes the wrong tool. Mike and David make the case that habits are underrated and can help you where projects can not.

#117: Roles & Goals

January 19th, 2021 · 92 minutes

Goals are great, but they aren't enough. In this episode, David & Mike talk about how roles & goals work together and how the hats that you decide to wear are the real foundation of a solid personal productivity system.

#116: The Big Reset

January 5th, 2021 · 93 minutes

Mike and David take on the new year in their own focused ways as they talk through a workflow for change.

#115: Solving Interesting Problems, with Ernie Svenson

December 22nd, 2020 · 61 minutes

Ernie Svenson joins us to talk about how focus inspired his career change from lawyer to small firm consultant, the importance of getting help, and the value of journaling.

#114: Inputs and PKM Stacks

December 8th, 2020 · 88 minutes

Inputs! We all have too many of them and not enough of us have a plan for them. In this episode, Mike and David talk about those pesky inputs and how to deal with them.

#113: ADHD and Cognitive Science, with Brittany Smith

November 24th, 2020 · 80 minutes

Brittany Smith is a cognitive scientist and very focused. She's also diagnosed with ADHD and she has a lot of wisdom to share in this week's episode.