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.



Latest Episodes

#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.

#197: Feel Good Productivity

February 13th, 2024 · 86 minutes

David & Mike consider the role of happiness & joy in meaningful productivity.

#196: Focus & The Reading Life, with Maryanne Wolf

January 30th, 2024 · 78 minutes

Cognitive neuroscientist and reading warrior Dr. Maryanne Wolf joins us to talk about the science of reading and how what we read changes our brains.

#195: The Productivity Field Guide

January 16th, 2024 · 69 minutes

After several years in production, the Productivity Field Guide is here! Mike interviews David about what's in it, how much went into it, and why it's so important to David.