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

#159: The Art of Note-Taking

August 30th, 2022 · 67 minutes

David & Mike consider note-taking and its role in the creative process.

#158: Humans First, with Rob Krecak

August 16th, 2022 · 83 minutes

Rob Krecak joins us to talk about the psychology behind email, the importance of communication norms, and tips from his experiences helping organizations move to a 4-day work week.

#157: Non-Traditional Measures of Productivity, with Mike Vardy

August 2nd, 2022 · 89 minutes

Mike Vardy is back to talk about the rhythm of work and why some people feel "productivity" is becoming a dirty word.

#156: The State of GTD

July 19th, 2022 · 87 minutes

Inspired by a Cal Newport article on Getting Things Done, David & Mike go through an audit of the (in)famous productivity system.

#155: 12 Favorite Problems

July 5th, 2022 · 78 minutes

David & Mike explore the idea of favorite problems and identify a dozen of their own in a quest for self-discovery.

#154: Building a Second Brain, with Tiago Forte

June 21st, 2022 · 64 minutes

Tiago Forte joins us to talk about his new book, building knowledge assets, and flipping the switch from consumer to creator.

#153: A Wandering Mind, with Kourosh Dini

June 7th, 2022 · 59 minutes

Kourosh Dini is back to talk about being with the work and the dark side of flow.

#152: Mental Models

May 24th, 2022 · 79 minutes

David & Mike share some of their favorite mental models and how to use them for better sensemaking.

#151: The Bento Method, with Francesco D'Alessio

May 11th, 2022 · 66 minutes

Francesco D'Alessio joins us to talk about the state of productivity apps, picking the right tools, and his new app, Bento.

#150: Optimize for Intentionality

April 26th, 2022 · 88 minutes

David & Mike celebrate episode 150 by talking about focus traps and answering a bunch of listener questions.