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.

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#207: What Would Sparky Say?

July 2nd, 2024 · 75 minutes

In this feedback episode, David & Mike revisit scheduling, journaling, delegation, and lots of listener thoughts on slow productivity.

#206: Rapt

June 18th, 2024 · 83 minutes

David & Mike read Rapt by Winifred Gallagher and discuss how to protect your attention and cultivate a focused life.

#205: Tasks & Calendars

June 4th, 2024 · 71 minutes

David & Mike consider their use of tasks and calendars and share their workflows for how they tie these two essential productivity tools together to get things done.

#204: Analog Productivity, with Jeff Sheldon

May 21st, 2024 · 82 minutes

Ugmonk founder Jeff Sheldon is back to talk about designing and building physical products, how our environments shape our ability to focus, and finding joy in the analog.

#203: The Little Lies You Tell Yourself, with Jason Snell

May 7th, 2024 · 83 minutes

Jason Snell is back to talk about staying focused as an indie and his unique spin on off-site personal retreats.

#202: Slow Productivity

April 23rd, 2024 · 76 minutes

David & Mike consider Cal Newport's philosophy on organizing knowledge work in a sustainable and meaningful manner.

#201: What to Do When Things Don't Go Your Way, with Haemin Sunim

April 9th, 2024 · 71 minutes

Bestselling author & Zen Buddhist teacher Haemin Sunim joins David & Mike to talk about gratitude, mindfulness, compassion, and dealing with disappointment when things don't go your way.

#200: Favorite Productivity Hacks

March 26th, 2024 · 62 minutes

David & Mike celebrate 200 episodes by sharing their favorite productivity hacks.

#199: Repotting & Retirement, with Jim Eager

March 12th, 2024 · 90 minutes

Jim Eager joins us to talk about how to navigate the 4 phases of retirement with meaning and purpose.

#198: Revisiting Journaling

February 27th, 2024 · 93 minutes

David & Mike revisit the topic of journaling for personal growth and share how their workflows have evolved.