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

#103: Systems & Challenges

July 7th, 2020 · 71 minutes

David tweaks his shutdown routine and preps for his sabbatical, Mike unpacks his hybrid productivity system, and they each have their own productivity challenge to complete.

#102: Analog Productivity with Brad Dowdy

June 23rd, 2020 · 97 minutes

The Pen Addict Brad Dowdy joins in to explain how he struggles to stay focused and discovers that he's a time blocker. We also get very nerdy about pens and paper toward the end.

#101: Taking a Sabbatical, with Sean McCabe

June 9th, 2020 · 101 minutes

Sean McCabe is back to talk about sabbaticals - and to convince David to take one of his own.

#100: Staying Focused with Episode 100

May 26th, 2020 · 73 minutes

It's Episode 100 and Mike and David are looking back and looking forward in terms of focus.

#99: Working From Home, with Dave Caolo

May 12th, 2020 · 68 minutes

Dave Caolo joins us to talk about games & productivity, how his bullet journal helps him stay focused, and working from home without going crazy.

#98: Floating with Dave Hamilton

April 28th, 2020 · 91 minutes

Dave Hamilton joins in to talk about how to keep your focus in the workplace and during a pandemic. Also, Dave uses an isolation tank and we have questions.

#97: Emotional Overload

April 14th, 2020 · 65 minutes

David & Mike continue the overload series with a look at emotional overload. They consider the value of introspection, share some fun distractions, and discuss being ok with not being productive.

#96: Working from Home

March 31st, 2020 · 58 minutes

Mike and David consider keeping your focus while working from home.

#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.