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

#103: Systems & Challenges

July 7th, 2020 · 71 minutes

David tweaks his shutdown routine and preps for his sabbatical, Mike unpacks his hybrid productivity system, and they each have their own productivity challenge to complete.

#102: Analog Productivity with Brad Dowdy

June 23rd, 2020 · 97 minutes

The Pen Addict Brad Dowdy joins in to explain how he struggles to stay focused and discovers that he's a time blocker. We also get very nerdy about pens and paper toward the end.

#101: Taking a Sabbatical, with Sean McCabe

June 9th, 2020 · 101 minutes

Sean McCabe is back to talk about sabbaticals - and to convince David to take one of his own.

#100: Staying Focused with Episode 100

May 26th, 2020 · 73 minutes

It's Episode 100 and Mike and David are looking back and looking forward in terms of focus.

#99: Working From Home, with Dave Caolo

May 12th, 2020 · 68 minutes

Dave Caolo joins us to talk about games & productivity, how his bullet journal helps him stay focused, and working from home without going crazy.

#98: Floating with Dave Hamilton

April 28th, 2020 · 91 minutes

Dave Hamilton joins in to talk about how to keep your focus in the workplace and during a pandemic. Also, Dave uses an isolation tank and we have questions.

#97: Emotional Overload

April 14th, 2020 · 65 minutes

David & Mike continue the overload series with a look at emotional overload. They consider the value of introspection, share some fun distractions, and discuss being ok with not being productive.

#96: Working from Home

March 31st, 2020 · 58 minutes

Mike and David consider keeping your focus while working from home.

#95: Five Years of Freedom

March 17th, 2020 · 75 minutes

David shares the big lessons he's learned from 5 years of working independently. He and Mike talk about the fear of failure, intentional constraints, effective delegation, and the impact David's furry new coworker has on his productivity.

#94: Journaling with Matt Ragland

March 3rd, 2020 · 77 minutes

Matt Ragland explains how he uses his paper bullet journal to stay focused.