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.

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#134: Finding Space with Sean McCabe

September 14th, 2021 · 95 minutes

Sean McCabe comes back to report in on what happened when his year-long sabbatical smacked into a pandemic and how he keeps his focus while winding up a new business.

#133: Success & Failure

August 31st, 2021 · 78 minutes

David & Mike do an audit of their productivity workflows and share what's working (and what isn't).

#132: Willpower and Your Environment

August 17th, 2021 · 73 minutes

Is willpower enough to plow through? In this episode, Mike and David look into that question.

#131: Liminal Thinking

August 3rd, 2021 · 83 minutes

We're all a lot less objective than we give ourselves credit for. David & Mike attempt to figure out why by considering limiting beliefs, learning loops, and the slippery slope of self-sealing logic.

#130: Toxic Productivity

July 20th, 2021 · 79 minutes

At what point does your quest for productivity and efficiency become toxic? It's a good question and an easy trap. Mike and David have a few ideas.

#129: No One Wants to Work With a Jerk, with Colleen Wainwright

July 6th, 2021 · 81 minutes

Gmail ninja Colleen Wainwright joins us to talk about delegating work to others, the evolution of the attention economy, and working out of email without going crazy.

#128: Communication

June 22nd, 2021 · 78 minutes

Mike and David tackle one of the most difficult subjects of focus, Communication.

#127: Focusing a Team, with Ken Case

June 8th, 2021 · 85 minutes

Ken Case joins us to talk about how the Omni Group focuses their work teams, the lessons they've learned from forced changes due to COVID, and the benefits of planning for disruption.

#126: Productivity vs. Grinding

May 25th, 2021 · 87 minutes

Mike and David get into note-taking (and note-making), listener feedback, and the pesky problem of productivity vs. grinding.

#125: Professional Nerd, with Rosemary Orchard

May 11th, 2021 · 89 minutes

Rosemary Orchard joins us to talk about juggling projects, automation, kanban boards, and keeping the jobby job.