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

#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.

#63: Lessons Learned

December 26th, 2018 · 64 minutes

Mike and David wrap up the Free Agents run with a discussion of depression and Free Agency and David has some overall thoughts on free agency as they transition the show to "Focused".

#62: The Year End Audit

December 11th, 2018 · 51 minutes

David and Mike do a year end audit of their own Free Agency to figure out where they spent their time and money. They talk about fixing broken systems, when to try something new, and make a big announcement about the future of the show.

#61: The Morning Routine

November 27th, 2018 · 61 minutes

Mike and David dig in on their morning routines. Mike finds himself entering the Free Agent arena like never before and David wants to start year-end planning.

#60: Be Strategic About It, with Mike Vardy

November 13th, 2018 · 48 minutes

Productivityist founder Mike Vardy joins David & Mike to tell his free agent story, from Costco to comedian to productivity strategist. He shares how he learned to think outside the big box store, the importance of establishing systems, and how to create time and freedom for what's important.

#59: Kaizen

October 30th, 2018 · 64 minutes

In this episode, David and Mike look at the concept of Kaizen and how little changes can add up to big results. They also help Michael as he makes his second attempt at free agency, share what they do for fun, how bad David is at using virtual assistants, and their favorite music to work by.

#58: A Better Path, with Joe Buhlig

October 16th, 2018 · 71 minutes

Podcaster and programmer Joe Buhlig shares his free agent journey, from bean field to office to family room. He joins David and Mike to talk about his experience solving problems, how to let things go, and finding your own definition of success.