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

#93: Attention Overload

February 18th, 2020 · 65 minutes

In this second part of the overload series, David & Mike discuss emotional hijacking, the myth of multitasking, and how to tame the lizard brain.

#92: Getting Focused Kourosh Dini

February 4th, 2020 · 79 minutes

Author, physician, and busy guy Kourosh Dini joins us to talk about how to stay focused when you have a lot of things going on.

#91: Information Overload

January 21st, 2020 · 69 minutes

David and Mike kick off a new series on overload by examining their own FOMO triggers and make the productivity case for intentionally missing out.

#90: Habits > Goals

January 7th, 2020 · 90 minutes

David and Mike are not fans of New Year's resolutions but they are fans of creating new habits.

#89: The Magic of Mind Mapping, with Harald Eckmüller

December 24th, 2019 · 67 minutes

MindNode designer Harald Eckmüller joins us to talk about using mind mapping as a focus tool.

#88: Annual Check-Ins

December 10th, 2019 · 92 minutes

As we approach the end of the year, Mike and David check in on their own Focus journeys. Also, David has a secret life as a Jedi and Mike is using coffee to hack focus.

#87: Nerds Like Us, with Myke Hurley

November 26th, 2019 · 81 minutes

Relay co-founder Myke Hurley joins us to talk about the power of yearly themes, becoming more intentional, and working with other humans.

#86: Rest is a Weapon

November 12th, 2019 · 89 minutes

In this episode, Mike and David tackle sleep, napping, and how important they are to Focus.

#85: The Depth of Our Madness

October 29th, 2019 · 103 minutes

David and Mike reveal their obsession with calendars. They discuss time and tasks, maintaining motivation, and their own calendaring workflows for how they plan their day.

#84: Focus is a Super Power

October 15th, 2019 · 82 minutes

In this episode, Mike and David dive deep on why Focus is so important. They also share thoughts about Ultralearning and why sometimes survival alone is good enough.