Episodes
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.
Published 09/13/22
David & Mike consider note-taking and its role in the creative process.
Published 08/30/22
Published 08/30/22
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.
Published 08/16/22
Mike Vardy is back to talk about the rhythm of work and why some people feel "productivity" is becoming a dirty word.
Published 08/02/22
Inspired by a Cal Newport article on Getting Things Done, David & Mike go through an audit of the (in)famous productivity system.
Published 07/19/22
David & Mike explore the idea of favorite problems and identify a dozen of their own in a quest for self-discovery.
Published 07/05/22
Tiago Forte joins us to talk about his new book, building knowledge assets, and flipping the switch from consumer to creator.
Published 06/21/22
Kourosh Dini is back to talk about being with the work and the dark side of flow.
Published 06/07/22
David & Mike share some of their favorite mental models and how to use them for better sensemaking.
Published 05/24/22
Francesco D'Alessio joins us to talk about the state of productivity apps, picking the right tools, and his new app, Bento.
Published 05/11/22
David & Mike celebrate episode 150 by talking about focus traps and answering a bunch of listener questions.
Published 04/26/22
Marc Champagne (author of Personal Socrates) joins us to talk about mental fitness, journaling, and why simply asking the right questions can change your life.
Published 04/12/22
Chris Bailey is back to talk about his dopamine fast, the art of savoring, and avoiding the productivity racket.
Published 03/29/22
David & Mike revisit the topic of task management to talk about Mike's Obsidian task management experiment and their (very different) use of checklists.
Published 03/15/22
Author Annie Murphy Paul joins us to talk about playing with ideas, working in groups, and other ways to extend the mind.
Published 03/01/22
David & Mike consider how the environment affects our ability to focus and share the very different ways they set up their workspaces.
Published 02/15/22
Patrick Rhone joins us to talk about analog productivity, knolling, mise en place, and staying focused while wearing many hats.
Published 02/01/22
David and Mike share some thoughts about what they’re up to in the new year and the personal changes they’re making to their routines.
Published 01/18/22
Sparky finally put his money where his mouth is and he's doing just one thing now. In this episode, Mike has questions and David has answers.
Published 01/04/22
David & Mike discuss the arrival fallacy and the importance of finding joy in the journey.
Published 12/22/21
Engineering professor Cory Hixson joins the Focused crew this week about staying on target, not letting your kids eat take your brain, and why you are not a computer.
Published 12/07/21
David & Mike consider the source of negative self-talk, the power of positive thinking, and taming the rebellious brain.
Published 11/23/21
Mike and David return to the subject of hyper-scheduling after they've both been at it a few years. What works? What doesn't? And how did Mike's experiment go where he stopped blocking time?
Published 11/09/21
Mike and David return to the insidious problem of "busy". Mike and David are not beyond getting caught in this trap and share some ideas about how to avoid it.
Published 10/27/21