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 Mike Schmitz and David Sparks.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 54m. Bisher sind 84 Folge(n) erschienen. Alle zwei Wochen gibt es eine neue Folge dieses Podcasts


Focus is a Super Power

In this episode, Mike and David dive deep on why Focus is so important. They also share thoughts about Ultralearning and why sometimes survival alone is good enough.



Ideas Over Art, with Mike Rohde

Author and Designer Mike Rohde joins us to discuss the practice and process of sketchnoting. We talk about choosing the right tools, the benefits and drawbacks of analog vs. digital, and why sketchnoting is for everyone.



The Hustle

In this episode, Mike and David tackle The Hustle. Is that a good thing or bad thing? The hosts also get around to gratitude and virtual help.



Breaking the Twitch, with Anthony Ongaro

Anthony Ongaro joins us to talk about practical minimalism, designing an intentional life, and his multipotentialite resume which covers everything from musician to log roller.


 2019-09-03  1h10m

The Power of "No"

Mike and David tackle the challenges that come with saying "No" and why a well-intentioned "no" can make all the difference.


 2019-08-20  1h6m

Reclaiming Margin, with Shawn Blanc

The Focus Course founder Shawn Blanc is back to talk about the importance of margin, how it gave him the space he needed to work through a personal crisis, and life lessons learned from his orange 1984 Jeep CJ-7.


 2019-08-06  1h5m

Changing Defaults with John Zeratsky

John Zeratsky had the dream job at Google but left it all to write a book, Make Time, and reset his defaults. Learn about John's journey and how resetting your own defaults can make all the difference.


 2019-07-24  1h2m

You Can't Hack the System

David and Mike share some things they've learned about managing energy. They discuss staying positive, Mike continues his digital Bullet Journal experiment, and David spends some time "reseaching" the perfect notebook.


 2019-07-09  1h11m

A Failure Across the Board

In this episode, David and Mike dispel a myth about their feelings toward time tracking and David outs himself about exactly how unproductive he was on his last trip. Also, Mike's getting serious about bullet journaling.


 2019-06-25  1h26m

Intentional Constraints

The conversation on moving the needle continues as David and Mike talk about intentional constraints. Mike embarks on a task management spirit quest, David shares his Bullet Journal advice, and together they consider the balance of process and results.


 2019-06-11  1h29m