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

#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.

#119: Productivity & Meditation, with Chris Bailey

February 16th, 2021 · 93 minutes

Author Chris Bailey joins us to talk about the productivity benefits of meditation, conquering resistance, and the path of least regret.

#118: Tasks and Habits

February 2nd, 2021 · 102 minutes

Tasks are great but sometimes the wrong tool. Mike and David make the case that habits are underrated and can help you where projects can not.

#117: Roles & Goals

January 19th, 2021 · 92 minutes

Goals are great, but they aren't enough. In this episode, David & Mike talk about how roles & goals work together and how the hats that you decide to wear are the real foundation of a solid personal productivity system.

#116: The Big Reset

January 5th, 2021 · 93 minutes

Mike and David take on the new year in their own focused ways as they talk through a workflow for change.

#115: Solving Interesting Problems, with Ernie Svenson

December 22nd, 2020 · 61 minutes

Ernie Svenson joins us to talk about how focus inspired his career change from lawyer to small firm consultant, the importance of getting help, and the value of journaling.

#114: Inputs and PKM Stacks

December 8th, 2020 · 88 minutes

Inputs! We all have too many of them and not enough of us have a plan for them. In this episode, Mike and David talk about those pesky inputs and how to deal with them.

#113: ADHD and Cognitive Science, with Brittany Smith

November 24th, 2020 · 80 minutes

Brittany Smith is a cognitive scientist and very focused. She's also diagnosed with ADHD and she has a lot of wisdom to share in this week's episode.

#112: Productivity & Creativity

November 10th, 2020 · 75 minutes

David & Mike consider the relationship of productivity & creativity and how it shapes the work that they do. They dive into their personal knowledge management stacks and the tools they currently use, share some tips for tagging, and discuss where to draw the lines between tools for managing tasks and ideas.