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

#95: Five Years of Freedom

March 17th, 2020 · 75 minutes

David shares the big lessons he's learned from five years of working independently. He and Mike talk about the fear of failure, intentional constraints, effective delegation, and the impact David's furry new coworker has on his productivity.

#94: Journaling with Matt Ragland

March 3rd, 2020 · 77 minutes

Matt Ragland explains how he uses his paper bullet journal to stay focused.

#93: Attention Overload

February 18th, 2020 · 65 minutes

In this second part of the overload series, David & Mike discuss emotional hijacking, the myth of multitasking, and how to tame the lizard brain.

#92: Getting Focused Kourosh Dini

February 4th, 2020 · 79 minutes

Author, physician, and busy guy Kourosh Dini joins us to talk about how to stay focused when you have a lot of things going on.

#91: Information Overload

January 21st, 2020 · 69 minutes

David and Mike kick off a new series on overload by examining their own FOMO triggers and make the productivity case for intentionally missing out.

#90: Habits > Goals

January 7th, 2020 · 90 minutes

David and Mike are not fans of New Year's resolutions but they are fans of creating new habits.

#89: The Magic of Mind Mapping, with Harald Eckmüller

December 24th, 2019 · 67 minutes

MindNode designer Harald Eckmüller joins us to talk about using mind mapping as a focus tool.

#88: Annual Check-Ins

December 10th, 2019 · 92 minutes

As we approach the end of the year, Mike and David check in on their own Focus journeys. Also, David has a secret life as a Jedi and Mike is using coffee to hack focus.

#87: Nerds Like Us, with Myke Hurley

November 26th, 2019 · 81 minutes

Relay co-founder Myke Hurley joins us to talk about the power of yearly themes, becoming more intentional, and working with other humans.

#86: Rest is a Weapon

November 12th, 2019 · 89 minutes

In this episode, Mike and David tackle sleep, napping, and how important they are to Focus.