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

#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.

#85: The Depth of Our Madness

October 29th, 2019 · 103 minutes

David and Mike reveal their obsession with calendars. They discuss time and tasks, maintaining motivation, and their own calendaring workflows for how they plan their day.

#84: Focus is a Super Power

October 15th, 2019 · 82 minutes

In this episode, Mike and David dive deep on why Focus is so important. They also share thoughts about Ultralearning and why sometimes survival alone is good enough.

#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.