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.



Latest Episodes

#144: Enough, with Patrick Rhone

February 1st, 2022 · 86 minutes

Patrick Rhone joins us to talk about analog productivity, knolling, mise en place, and staying focused while wearing many hats.

#143: Thinking Annually

January 18th, 2022 · 90 minutes

David and Mike share some thoughts about what they’re up to in the new year and the personal changes they’re making to their routines.

#142: Sparky Gets Focused

January 4th, 2022 · 72 minutes

Sparky finally put his money where his mouth is and he's doing just one thing now. In this episode, Mike has questions and David has answers.

#141: You Never Arrive

December 22nd, 2021 · 76 minutes

David & Mike discuss the arrival fallacy and the importance of finding joy in the journey.

#140: Your Brain is Not a Computer with Cory Hixson

December 7th, 2021 · 79 minutes

Engineering professor Cory Hixson joins the Focused crew this week about staying on target, not letting your kids eat take your brain, and why you are not a computer.

#139: Soundtracks & Self-Talk

November 23rd, 2021 · 69 minutes

David & Mike consider the source of negative self-talk, the power of positive thinking, and taming the rebellious brain.

#138: Hyper-Scheduling Revisited

November 9th, 2021 · 94 minutes

Mike and David return to the subject of hyper-scheduling after they've both been at it a few years. What works? What doesn't? And how did Mike's experiment go where he stopped blocking time?

#137: Managing Busy

October 27th, 2021 · 81 minutes

Mike and David return to the insidious problem of "busy". Mike and David are not beyond getting caught in this trap and share some ideas about how to avoid it.

#136: Social Focus, with Taylor Jacobson

October 12th, 2021 · 82 minutes

Taylor Jacobson joins us to talk about groundedness, vulnerability, and accountability on his journey to founding Focusmate.

#135: Don't Eat the Frog, with Jesse J. Anderson

September 28th, 2021 · 80 minutes

Jesse Anderson joins us to talk about self-awareness and the struggles with being productive while battling ADHD.