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

#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.

#194: I'd Like to Take a Mulligan

January 2nd, 2024 · 64 minutes

David & Mike reflect on everything that happened in 2023 and share their intentions for 2024.

#193: The Problem with Mise en Place, with Justin Khanna

December 19th, 2023 · 77 minutes

Chef, creator, and entrepreneur Justin Khanna joins us to share focus lessons from the culinary world.

#192: Flow State

December 5th, 2023 · 68 minutes

David & Mike consider the benefits of the flow state and what we can do to achieve it more consistently.

#191: Multi-Scale Planning

November 21st, 2023 · 85 minutes

David & Mike unpack the concept of multi-scale planning and share how they are both using it to live in alignment with their vision and values.

#190: Overdosing on Gratitude, with Karl Staib

November 7th, 2023 · 78 minutes

Process Consultant Karl Staib joins us to talk about process design, delegation, and the power of gratitude.

#189: Focus & AI

October 24th, 2023 · 94 minutes

David & Mike consider how various AI tools can help protect our focus and share what they're using to boost their productivity & creativity.

#188: Q4 Planning & The PKM Stack

October 10th, 2023 · 83 minutes

David & Mike revisit the topic of toxic productivity, discuss choosing apps & tools that support your intentions, and share their plans for the last quarter of 2023.

#187: Drop Zones & Launch Pads, with Jesse J. Anderson

September 26th, 2023 · 81 minutes

Jesse J. Anderson is back to talk about troubleshooting productivity systems and his new book for helping adults with ADHD find focus.

#186: The Burden of Opportunity, with Shawn Blanc

September 12th, 2023 · 80 minutes

The Focus Course creator and small business owner Shawn Blanc is back to talk about margin, sabbaticals, and focusing like a boss.