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

#156: The State of GTD

July 19th, 2022 · 87 minutes

Inspired by a Cal Newport article on Getting Things Done, David & Mike go through an audit of the (in)famous productivity system.

#155: 12 Favorite Problems

July 5th, 2022 · 78 minutes

David & Mike explore the idea of favorite problems and identify a dozen of their own in a quest for self-discovery.

#154: Building a Second Brain, with Tiago Forte

June 21st, 2022 · 64 minutes

Tiago Forte joins us to talk about his new book, building knowledge assets, and flipping the switch from consumer to creator.

#153: A Wandering Mind, with Kourosh Dini

June 7th, 2022 · 59 minutes

Kourosh Dini is back to talk about being with the work and the dark side of flow.

#152: Mental Models

May 24th, 2022 · 79 minutes

David & Mike share some of their favorite mental models and how to use them for better sensemaking.

#151: The Bento Method, with Francesco D'Alessio

May 11th, 2022 · 66 minutes

Francesco D'Alessio joins us to talk about the state of productivity apps, picking the right tools, and his new app, Bento.

#150: Optimize for Intentionality

April 26th, 2022 · 88 minutes

David & Mike celebrate episode 150 by talking about focus traps and answering a bunch of listener questions.

#149: Asking Questions, with Marc Champagne

April 12th, 2022 · 72 minutes

Marc Champagne (author of Personal Socrates) joins us to talk about mental fitness, journaling, and why simply asking the right questions can change your life.

#148: Savoring the Moment, with Chris Bailey

March 29th, 2022 · 89 minutes

Chris Bailey is back to talk about his dopamine fast, the art of savoring, and avoiding the productivity racket.

#147: Task Management & Focus

March 15th, 2022 · 86 minutes

David & Mike revisit the topic of task management to talk about Mike's Obsidian task management experiment and their (very different) use of checklists.