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Focused 77: You Can't Hack the System

Mike and I are sick and tired of being sick and tired, so in this week’s episode of Focused we’re sharing some things we've learned about managing energy. We discuss staying positive, Mike continues his digital bullet journal experiment, and I spend some time "researching" the perfect notebook.

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Focused 76: A Failure Across the Board

Join us for the latest episode of Focused. Mike and I dispel a myth about our feelings toward time tracking, and I out myself about exactly how unproductive I was on my last trip. Mike is getting serious about bullet journaling and also has a distinction between personal retreats and greycations. Also, imposter syndrome is still a thing.

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Focused 75: Intentional Constraints

Mike and I are continuing the conversation on moving the needle by talking about intentional constraints on the latest episode of Focused. Mike embarks on a task management spirit quest, I share my bullet journal advice, and we consider the balance of process and results.

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Focused 74: Moving the Needle

On the latest episode of Focused, Mike and I unpack my new system to help focus on important work, talk about stepping off the hamster wheel of efficiency, and discuss what to do about productivity shame.

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Focused 73: Productivity and Art with Bob Reynolds

Mike and I are interview professional saxophonist Bob Reynolds on the latest episode of Focused. We talk about the importance of productivity when creating art.

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Focused 72: Heart-Centered Productivity, with Jocelyn K. Glei

Jocelyn K. Glei, host of the podcast Hurry Slowly, joins Mike and me on this week’s episode of Focused to talk about avoiding burnout, percolating ideas, intentionality for introverts, and what it means to do truly productive work.

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Focused 71: Hyper-Scheduling

This episode focuses on hyper-scheduling and how to turn your calendar into a productivity weapon. Mike and I also continue the conversation about digital minimalism and share a few of our favorite books.

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Focused 70: Digital Decluttering, with Shahid Kamal Ahmad

Video game developer Shahid Kamal Ahmad is back on the latest episode of Focused to talk about his digital declutter, staying present, and quieting the voices in your head with an intentional approach to managing your technology.

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Focused 69: The Intentional Life

Mike and I continue to explore the topic of intentionality and the role it has in every area of your life on the latest episode of Focused. Also, we catch up on some listener feedback, I get ready for a (hopefully) productive work trip, Mike answers my questions about Masterminds, and we discuss the importance of space and margin in living the life you want to live.

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Focused 68: Getting Productive with an Unproductive Boss

On this week’s episode of Focused, Mike and I talk about getting intentional and getting productive with an unproductive boss. Finally, we cover productive Italians.

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Focused 67: Staying Motivated with Laura McClellan

On this week’s episode of Focused, Laura McClellan, the Productive Woman, joins Mike and me to talk about her perfectly scheduled day (and what happens when that goes wrong), habits, mastermind groups, and staying motivated.

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Focused 66: Putting Email in Its Place

On this week’s episode of Focused, Mike and I navigate the minefield of email. We share strategies and workflow tips to help you curb inbox addiction and reclaim your focus.

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Focused 65: Hyperfocused with Chris Bailey

Author and productivity experimenter Chris Bailey is on this week’s episode of Focused to share ideas and strategies for getting your focus on.

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The Focused Podcast

Today marks the release of the Focused Podcast (formerly Free Agents). The Free Agents has had a great run but Mike and I discovered that we were increasingly talking about productivity and increasingly our audience included people more interesested in productivity than free agency. So we shifted the show and now it’s call Focused. The subtitle, “Life is about more than cranking widgets”, really means something to me.

So much of the talk about being productive is about life hacks and dumb nonsense like “5 ways to become more productive in 3 minutes”. Focused isn’t like that. Mike and I don’t have all the answers. Instead, we are more like motivated fellow travelers. We’ll be bringing research and knowledge of our own personal successes and failures. We’ll also be bringing in interesting guests to help everyone along. Today the first episode released. We’ve already got several more in production. If you never listened to Free Agents because that was not your thing, I’d encourage you to give Focused a try. I’m really proud of it. Also, just look at that gorgeous artwork.