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.



Latest Episodes

#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.

#112: Productivity & Creativity

November 10th, 2020 · 75 minutes

David & Mike consider the relationship of productivity & creativity and how it shapes the work that they do. They dive into their personal knowledge management stacks and the tools they currently use, share some tips for tagging, and discuss where to draw the lines between tools for managing tasks and ideas.

#111: Environmental Focus, with Erik Fisher

October 27th, 2020 · 86 minutes

Erik Fisher joins us to talk about internal and external distractions, setting up your environment for focused work, dealing with unexpected changes, and building self-awareness.

#110: Focus with Michael Hyatt

October 14th, 2020 · 78 minutes

Michael Hyatt joins in to talk about staying focused, drift, scaling back on social media.

#109: Email Workflows

September 29th, 2020 · 82 minutes

David & Mike revisit the topic of email and discuss their current workflows. They share how and when they process email, what they use to do it, and the strategies they use to break free from their inboxes long enough to do some actual work.

#108: Pruning with Ian Byrd

September 15th, 2020 · 76 minutes

Educator, speaker, and online course creator Ian Byrd joins Mike and David to talk about quarterly retreats, technology, and focus. David makes a commitment.