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

#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.

#73: Productivity and Art with Bob Reynolds

May 14th, 2019 · 101 minutes

David and Mike interview professional Saxophonist Bob Reynolds to talk about the importance of productivity when creating art.

#72: Heart-Centered Productivity, with Jocelyn K. Glei

April 30th, 2019 · 83 minutes

The host of Hurry Slowly joins David & Mike to talk about avoiding burnout, percolating ideas, intentionality for introverts, and what it means to do truly productive work.

#71: Hyper-Scheduling

April 16th, 2019 · 81 minutes

This episode focuses on hyper-scheduling and how to turn your calendar into a productivity weapon. Mike and David also continue the conversation about digital minimalism and share a few of their favorite books.