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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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    • 4.3 • 103 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.

    Stolen Focus, with Jean MacDonald

    Stolen Focus, with Jean MacDonald

    Jean MacDonald joins us to talk about social media, the M.E.O.W. system, and reading books.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Balancing Calendars and Tasks

    Balancing Calendars and Tasks

    David & Mike compare calendars and task lists, the jobs to be done by each, and the resistance that will inevitably appear in your quest to get things done.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    The Art of Note-Taking

    The Art of Note-Taking

    David & Mike consider note-taking and its role in the creative process.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Humans First, with Rob Krecak

    Humans First, with Rob Krecak

    Rob Krecak joins us to talk about the psychology behind email, the importance of communication norms, and tips from his experiences helping organizations move to a 4-day work week.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 Ratings

ryandonsullivan ,

Measured but not boring

I really enjoy how David and Mike talk about Focus and productivity in a way that makes it a life integration as opposed to life hacks and quick fixes. True change and improvement happens over time and it’s nice to listen to a podcast based on that central idea.

Mridu Parikh ,

Thoughtful conversations!

Mike and David ask thoughtful questions and have meaningful conversations around focus and productivity which is a refreshing change from basic hacks and tips. Highly recommend!

malfoxley ,

Great show!

The hosts highlight all aspects of success and more in this can’t miss podcast! The hosts and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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