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.



#59: Kaizen

October 30th, 2018 · 64 minutes

In this episode, David and Mike look at the concept of Kaizen and how little changes can add up to big results. They also cover breaking free, virtual assistants, music to work by and having fun.

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Links and Show Notes

Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results by James Clear
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Mac Power Users #367: Getting Productive with Michael Hyatt - Relay FM
Michael Hyatt (@MichaelHyatt) | Twitter
Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business: Chris Ducker: 9781939529749: Amazon.com: Books
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(269) Monument Valley Soundtrack - YouTube
Victor Cajiao & Joe Cristina | Surrender | CD Baby Music Store
Brain.fm: Music to improve focus, meditation & sleep.
‎Thunderspace ~ Rain & Thunder on the App Store
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Explosions In The Sky
Ghostly - Veriditas
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Friday Night Lights (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Various Artists on Spotify
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(269) Firewatch Original Soundtrack (OST) - YouTube
(269) No Man's Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe - Original Soundtrack - YouTube
‎Pure Focus by Apple Music on Apple Music
‎Other Side of Round Midnight by Dexter Gordon on Apple Music
‎Clifford Brown And Max Roach by Clifford Brown & Max Roach on Apple Music
Cortex #75: Home Again - Relay FM