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

#129: No One Wants to Work With a Jerk, with Colleen Wainwright

July 6th, 2021 · 81 minutes

Gmail ninja Colleen Wainwright joins us to talk about delegating work to others, the evolution of the attention economy, and working out of email without going crazy.

#128: Communication

June 22nd, 2021 · 78 minutes

Mike and David tackle one of the most difficult subjects of focus, Communication.

#127: Focusing a Team, with Ken Case

June 8th, 2021 · 85 minutes

Ken Case joins us to talk about how the Omni Group focuses their work teams, the lessons they've learned from forced changes due to COVID, and the benefits of planning for disruption.

#126: Productivity vs. Grinding

May 25th, 2021 · 87 minutes

Mike and David get into note-taking (and note-making), listener feedback, and the pesky problem of productivity vs. grinding.

#125: Professional Nerd, with Rosemary Orchard

May 11th, 2021 · 89 minutes

Rosemary Orchard joins us to talk about juggling projects, automation, kanban boards, and keeping the jobby job.

#124: Reading and Learning

April 27th, 2021 · 85 minutes

In this episode, Mike and David talk about PKM planets and how they read, process, and learn from books and other media.

#123: A Focus on Time

April 13th, 2021 · 87 minutes

David & Mike talk about the different ways they track their time, what tools they use, and share the focus & productivity benefits they glean from the process.

#122: Linking Your Thinking with Nick Milo

March 30th, 2021 · 87 minutes

Nick Milo from Linking Your Thinking joins this week to consider the role of focus in idea development and knowledge management.

#121: Analog Focus, with Jeff Sheldon

March 16th, 2021 · 81 minutes

Jeff Sheldon from Ugmonk joins us to talk about his Analog productivity system, connecting dots, intentional constraints, and being a geek for the details.

#120: Caveday with Jake Kahana

March 2nd, 2021 · 75 minutes

Jake Kahana from Caveday joins to talk about his journey and how Cavedays can help you get your focus mojo back.