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

#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.

#107: The Bullet Journal Method, with Ryder Carroll

September 1st, 2020 · 60 minutes

Bullet Journal Method founder Ryder Carroll joins us to talk about taking time offline, asking the right questions, and finding the the balance between style and substance in getting the right things done.

#106: Home Offices with Laura Vanderkam

August 18th, 2020 · 79 minutes

Laura Vanderkam joins the podcast this episode to talk about challenges and opportunities in working from home. Mike and David also break down their ever-evolving shut down routines.

#105: Living the Multipotentialite Life, with Jay Miller

August 4th, 2020 · 93 minutes

Jay Miller joins us to talk about balancing many interests, transferring your focus as you switch between them, and what it means to live the multipotentialite lifestyle.

#104: Sleep and Sabbaticals

July 21st, 2020 · 96 minutes

Mike and David cover a lot in this week's episode ranging from David's attempt at a sabbatical to sleep to productivity in virtual reality.

#103: Systems & Challenges

July 7th, 2020 · 71 minutes

David tweaks his shutdown routine and preps for his sabbatical, Mike unpacks his hybrid productivity system, and they each have their own productivity challenge to complete.

#102: Analog Productivity with Brad Dowdy

June 23rd, 2020 · 97 minutes

The Pen Addict Brad Dowdy joins in to explain how he struggles to stay focused and discovers that he's a time blocker. We also get very nerdy about pens and paper toward the end.

#101: Taking a Sabbatical, with Sean McCabe

June 9th, 2020 · 101 minutes

Sean McCabe is back to talk about sabbaticals - and to convince David to take one of his own.

#100: Staying Focused with Episode 100

May 26th, 2020 · 73 minutes

It's Episode 100 and Mike and David are looking back and looking forward in terms of focus.

#99: Working From Home, with Dave Caolo

May 12th, 2020 · 68 minutes

Dave Caolo joins us to talk about games & productivity, how his bullet journal helps him stay focused, and working from home without going crazy.