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

#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.

#70: Digital Decluttering, with Shahid Kamal Ahmad

April 2nd, 2019 · 85 minutes

Video game developer Shahid Kamal Ahmad is back to talk about his digital declutter, staying present, and quieting the voices in your head with an intentional approach to managing your technology.

#69: The Intentional Life

March 19th, 2019 · 74 minutes

David and Mike continue to explore the topic of intentionality and the role it has in every area of your life. They also catch up on some listener feedback, David gets ready for a (hopefully) productive work trip, Mike answers David's questions about Masterminds, and they discuss the importance of space and margin in living the life you want to li…

#68: Getting Productive with an Unproductive Boss

March 5th, 2019 · 73 minutes

In this episode, David and Mike talk about getting intentional and getting productive with an unproductive boss. Finally, they cover productive Italians.

#67: Staying Motivated with Laura McClellan

February 19th, 2019 · 67 minutes

On this episode, Laura McClellan, The Productive Woman, joins to talk about her perfectly scheduled day (and what happens when that goes wrong), habits, mastermind groups, and staying motivated.

#66: Putting Email in its Place

February 5th, 2019 · 82 minutes

David and Mike navigate the minefield of email, sharing strategies and workflow tips to help you curb inbox addiction and reclaim your focus.

#65: Hyperfocused with Chris Bailey

January 22nd, 2019 · 83 minutes

Author and productivity experimenter Chris Bailey joins us to share ideas and strategies for getting your focus on.

#64: The Power of Habits

January 8th, 2019 · 80 minutes

David and Mike kick off Focused with an in-depth look at why New Year's resolutions usually fail. They discuss the power of tiny gains, why systems are more important than goals, and how you can change your identity by implementing better habits.