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

#71: Hyper-Scheduling

April 16th, 2019 · 81 minutes

This episode focuses on hyper-scheduling and how to turn your calendar into a productivity weapon. Mike and David also continue the conversation about digital minimalism and share a few of their favorite books.

#70: Digital Decluttering, with Shahid Kamal Ahmad

April 2nd, 2019 · 85 minutes

Video game developer Shahid Kamal Ahmad is back to talk about his digital declutter, staying present, and quieting the voices in your head with an intentional approach to managing your technology.

#69: The Intentional Life

March 19th, 2019 · 74 minutes

David and Mike continue to explore intentionality and the role it has in every area of your life. David gets ready for a work trip, Mike answers questions about Masterminds, and they discuss the importance of space in living the life you want to live.

#68: Getting Productive with an Unproductive Boss

March 5th, 2019 · 73 minutes

In this episode, David and Mike talk about getting intentional and getting productive with an unproductive boss. Finally, they cover productive Italians.

#67: Staying Motivated with Laura McClellan

February 19th, 2019 · 67 minutes

On this episode, Laura McClellan, The Productive Woman, joins to talk about her perfectly scheduled day (and what happens when that goes wrong), habits, mastermind groups, and staying motivated.

#66: Putting Email in its Place

February 5th, 2019 · 82 minutes

David and Mike navigate the minefield of email, sharing strategies and workflow tips to help you curb inbox addiction and reclaim your focus.

#65: Hyperfocused with Chris Bailey

January 22nd, 2019 · 83 minutes

Author and productivity experimenter Chris Bailey joins us to share ideas and strategies for getting your focus on.

#64: The Power of Habits

January 8th, 2019 · 80 minutes

David and Mike kick off Focused with an in-depth look at why New Year's resolutions usually fail. They discuss the power of tiny gains, why systems are more important than goals, and how you can change your identity by implementing better habits.

#63: Lessons Learned

December 26th, 2018 · 64 minutes

Mike and David wrap up the Free Agents run with a discussion of depression and Free Agency and David has some overall thoughts on free agency as they transition the show to "Focused".

#62: The Year End Audit

December 11th, 2018 · 51 minutes

David and Mike do a year end audit of their own Free Agency to figure out where they spent their time and money. They talk about fixing broken systems, when to try something new, and make a big announcement about the future of the show.