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. Hosted by David Sparks and Mike Schmitz.



Focused 67: Staying Motivated with Laura McClellan

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.



Focused 66: Putting Email in its Place

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



Focused 65: Hyperfocused with Chris Bailey

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


 2019-01-22  1h23m

Focused 64: The Power of Habits

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.


 2019-01-08  1h20m

Free Agents 63: Lessons Learned

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".


 2018-12-26  1h4m

Free Agents 62: The Year End Audit

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.


 2018-12-11  51m

Free Agents 61: The Morning Routine

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.


 2018-11-27  1h1m

Free Agents 60: Be Strategic About It, with Mike Vardy

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


 2018-11-13  48m

Free Agents 59: Kaizen

In this episode, David and Mike look at the concept of Kaizen and how little changes can add up to big results. They also cover breaking free, virtual assistants, music to work by and having fun.


 2018-10-30  1h4m

Free Agents 58: A Better Path, with Joe Buhlig

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.


 2018-10-16  1h11m