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 through their successes and failures along the way.



#124: Reading and Learning

April 27th, 2021 · 85 minutes

In this episode, Mike and David talk about PKM planets and how they read, process, and learn from books and other media.

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Links and Show Notes


The Hosts
Mike Schmitz
David Sparks

The Editor
Jim Metzendorf

The Fixer
Kerry Provanzano

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Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time eBook: Tracy, Brian: Books
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Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration (8601400995709): Catmull, Ed, Wallace, Amy: Books
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