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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. Hosted by David Sparks and Mike Schmitz.

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    • 4.7 • 17 Ratings

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. Hosted by David Sparks and Mike Schmitz.

    Non-Traditional Measures of Productivity, with Mike Vardy

    Non-Traditional Measures of Productivity, with Mike Vardy

    Mike Vardy is back to talk about the rhythm of work and why some people feel "productivity" is becoming a dirty word.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    The State of GTD

    The State of GTD

    Inspired by a Cal Newport article on Getting Things Done, David & Mike go through an audit of the (in)famous productivity system.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    12 Favorite Problems

    12 Favorite Problems

    David & Mike explore the idea of favorite problems and identify a dozen of their own in a quest for self-discovery.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Building a Second Brain, with Tiago Forte

    Building a Second Brain, with Tiago Forte

    Tiago Forte joins us to talk about his new book, building knowledge assets, and flipping the switch from consumer to creator.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    A Wandering Mind, with Kourosh Dini

    A Wandering Mind, with Kourosh Dini

    Kourosh Dini is back to talk about being with the work and the dark side of flow.

    • 59 min
    Mental Models

    Mental Models

    David & Mike share some of their favorite mental models and how to use them for better sensemaking.

    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

fiveletterfruitguy ,

Honest advice for staying focused on the important things

Valuable and honest discussion on matters of being focused and productive in the right ways.

Each discussion is helpful with practical tips and advice, while still recognising that not everything works for everyone.

They will encourage you to be thoughtful about how you conduct your work, organise your responsibilities and make the most effective use of your time (which could even be resting).

DCXIII ,

Great knowledge for would-be freelancers!

It's really good to hear from recently independent workers with plenty of tips and tricks and useful advice. Jason and David have already had some interesting guests on the show and although it is very US-centric, understandably, much of the advice is still great for folks from elsewhere too! While not a freelancer myself, it's great to get as much info as possible before I consider making the jump. Great work guys!

Danielkelly645 ,

Good show

Great content but I think it could be improved if it was edited down a bit.

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