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

#83: Ideas Over Art, with Mike Rohde

October 1st, 2019 · 71 minutes

Author and Designer Mike Rohde joins us to discuss the practice and process of sketchnoting. We talk about choosing the right tools, the benefits and drawbacks of analog vs. digital, and why sketchnoting is for everyone - even if you don't think of yourself an artist.

#82: The Hustle

September 17th, 2019 · 82 minutes

In this episode, Mike and David tackle The Hustle. Is that a good thing or bad thing? The hosts also get around to gratitude and virtual help.

#81: Breaking the Twitch, with Anthony Ongaro

September 3rd, 2019 · 70 minutes

Anthony Ongaro joins us to talk about practical minimalism, designing an intentional life, and his multipotentialite resume which covers everything from musician to log roller.

#80: The Power of "No"

August 20th, 2019 · 66 minutes

Mike and David tackle the challenges that come with saying "No" and why a well-intentioned decline can make all the difference.

#79: Reclaiming Margin, with Shawn Blanc

August 6th, 2019 · 65 minutes

The Focus Course founder Shawn Blanc is back to talk about the importance of margin, how it gave him the space he needed to work through a personal crisis, and life lessons learned from his orange 1984 Jeep CJ-7.

#78: Changing Defaults with John Zeratsky

July 23rd, 2019 · 62 minutes

John Zeratsky had the dream job at Google but left it all to write a book, Make Time, and reset his defaults. Learn about John's journey and how resetting your own defaults can make all the difference.

#77: You Can't Hack the System

July 9th, 2019 · 71 minutes

David and Mike are sick and tired of being sick and tired, so in this episode they share some things they've learned about managing energy. They discuss staying positive, Mike continues his digital Bullet Journal experiment, and David spends some time "reseaching" the perfect notebook.

#76: A Failure Across the Board

June 25th, 2019 · 86 minutes

In this episode, David and Mike dispel a myth about their feelings toward time tracking and David outs himself about exactly how unproductive he was on his last trip. Mike's getting serious about bullet journaling and also has a distinction between Personal Retreats and Greycations. Also, imposter syndrome is still a thing.

#75: Intentional Constraints

June 11th, 2019 · 89 minutes

The conversation on moving the needle continues as David and Mike talk about intentional constraints. Mike embarks on a task management spirit quest, David shares his Bullet Journal advice, and together they consider the balance of process and results.

#74: Moving the Needle

May 28th, 2019 · 79 minutes

David & Mike unpack David's new system to help focus on important work, talk about stepping off the hamster wheel of efficiency, and discuss what to do about productivity shame.