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

#111: Environmental Focus, with Erik Fisher

October 27th, 2020 · 86 minutes

Erik Fisher joins us to talk about internal and external distractions, setting up your environment for focused work, dealing with unexpected changes, and building self-awareness.

#110: Focus with Michael Hyatt

October 14th, 2020 · 78 minutes

Michael Hyatt joins in to talk about staying focused, drift, scaling back on social media.

#109: Email Workflows

September 29th, 2020 · 82 minutes

David & Mike revisit the topic of email and discuss their current workflows. They share how and when they process email, what they use to do it, and the strategies they use to break free from their inboxes long enough to do some actual work.

#108: Pruning with Ian Byrd

September 15th, 2020 · 76 minutes

Educator, speaker, and online course creator Ian Byrd joins Mike and David to talk about quarterly retreats, technology, and focus. David makes a commitment.

#107: The Bullet Journal Method, with Ryder Carroll

September 1st, 2020 · 60 minutes

Bullet Journal Method founder Ryder Carroll joins us to talk about taking time offline, asking the right questions, and finding the the balance between style and substance in getting the right things done.

#106: Home Offices with Laura Vanderkam

August 18th, 2020 · 79 minutes

Laura Vanderkam joins the podcast this episode to talk about challenges and opportunities in working from home. Mike and David also break down their ever-evolving shut down routines.

#105: Living the Multipotentialite Life, with Jay Miller

August 4th, 2020 · 93 minutes

Jay Miller joins us to talk about balancing many interests, transferring your focus as you switch between them, and what it means to live the multipotentialite lifestyle.

#104: Sleep and Sabbaticals

July 21st, 2020 · 96 minutes

Mike and David cover a lot in this week's episode ranging from David's attempt at a sabbatical to sleep to productivity in virtual reality.

#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.