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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.

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#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.

#134: Finding Space with Sean McCabe

September 14th, 2021 · 95 minutes

Sean McCabe comes back to report in on what happened when his year-long sabbatical smacked into a pandemic and how he keeps his focus while winding up a new business.

#133: Success & Failure

August 31st, 2021 · 78 minutes

David & Mike do an audit of their productivity workflows and share what's working (and what isn't).

#132: Willpower and Your Environment

August 17th, 2021 · 73 minutes

Is willpower enough to plow through? In this episode, Mike and David look into that question.

#131: Liminal Thinking

August 3rd, 2021 · 83 minutes

We're all a lot less objective than we give ourselves credit for. David & Mike attempt to figure out why by considering limiting beliefs, learning loops, and the slippery slope of self-sealing logic.