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A weekly podcast featuring Mike Vardy and Michael Schechter that examines how productivity and technology fit in our lives. Part of the 70Decibels network.

A weekly podcast featuring Mike Vardy and Michael Schechter that examines how productivity and technology fit in our lives. Part of the 70Decibels network.
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A weekly podcast featuring Mike Vardy and Michael Schechter that examines how productivity and technology fit in our lives. Part of the 70Decibels network.






144: The Paper Chase with Brooks Duncan

This week Vardy talks about paper and "paperlessness" with his good friend Brooks Duncan of DocumentSnap. Besides geeking out about the tools that can help people go paperless, they talk about why they're not fond of the term "paperless" and where paper can be useful over the digital form. They also drink some Canadian beer, so there's that.

143: Holistic Productivity with Tim Stringer

Vardy discusses productivity from a holistic standpoint – as well as focus, recognizing limitations, and mindfulness – with fellow west coast Canadian Tim Stringer of Technically Simple.

142: Brain Boosting with Ray Sidney-Smith

Vardy goes it alone as host again this week, but gets to geek out about systems, approaches, tools, and boosting the brain with fellow productivity enthusiast Ray Sidney-Smith.

141: All By Myself with Caleb Wojcik

This week Mike Vardy is joined by the DIY Video Guy himself, Caleb Wojcik. In light of Caleb's recent departure from Fizzle–a business training website he helped launch along side Corbett Barr and friend of the show, Chase Reeves–Vardy and Caleb discuss the work that follows a big leap. And, since Schechter was away, Vardy geeks out about all the tools and tactics Caleb uses to get things done.

140: The Return of Ryder Carroll

Ryder Carroll returns to the show to chat with Vardy about how The Bullet Journal has evolved since his last appearance, discuss the new Kickstarter project surrounding his creation, and how to deliver quality time and time again.

138: Lost Control

Schechter and Vardy to reunite to discuss a topic that is highly relevant at the moment (mostly to Schechter): control over one's time and circumstances. "The Mikes" consider just how much control they actually have over their daily lives. They look at when it might be worth giving up control, how they work to take it back, and come to terms with the times where they have to let it go.

137: Hitting the Mark with Erik Fisher

This week Erik Fisher, host of the Beyond the To Do List podcast and co-author of the new book Hit The Mark! joins Vardy to discuss the thing they seem to discuss best: productivity practices.

135: Change Comes and Finds You

Vardy kicks off a brand new era for the podcast with a very special guest, 5by5 founder Dan Benjamin. For the very first episode of Workflowing, Mike and Dan discuss change, both personal and professional. Listen in for advice on when to make a change, how to approach it and what to consider holding onto (and more importantly, letting go of) as you grow.

133: Making a Living on Creativity with Paul Jarvis

This week Paul Jarvis pops by to talk with Vardy about how he treats time, his choice of writing tools, and how he is able to make progress on all of the projects he has going on without a to-do list of any sort. (I know, right?!) P.S. Big congratulations to The Schechter Family, who welcomed Sophie Jules Schechter to the world on August 11th.

132: Ch-ch-changes

"The Mikes" share some upcoming changes to the podcast as the show continues to mature, and as Schechter prepares to take some time off to care for the small child that is coming into his world.

Mikes On Mics 130: I Love Your Dogma with Patrick Rhone

"The Mikes" are joined by last minute guest, Patrick Rhone. They start out by discussing a recent blog post that Vardy wrote about shipping vs. delivering. Patrick also throws "The Mikes" a curveball with a new idea he has been working on regarding the idea of a wish vs. a plan.

Mikes On Mics 129: Get A Lift with Tony Stubblebine

This week, Mike Vardy sits down with Tony Stubblebine of Lift, an application that helps you to establish better habits and routines. While Schechter is away, Vardy and Tony talk crowdsourced coaching, mindset, best practices for habit creation, cold showers and general tips for becoming superhuman.

Mikes On Mics 128: Vardy's Big Adventure

This week Vardy is flying solo at the World Domination Summit. To make up for the lack of Schechter, Vardy brought on a slew of guests including Allyson McGrane, Jason Moore, Stephen Wurley and Scott Dinsmore to share their experiences at WDS.

Mikes On Mics 127: Choosing The Life You Want with Brett Kelly

"The Mikes" are finally joined by Brett Kelly to discuss his recent decision to leave his job at Evernote in order to focus on his personal projects and, more importantly, on his family.

Mikes On Mics 126: Beating Resistance with Steven Pressfield

In this episode, Schechter is absent but Vardy has found a more than suitable replacement: Steven Pressfield. In this interview, Mike and Steven (The War of Art, Turning Pro, The Legend of Bagger Vance) about beating Resistance, The Foolscap Method, how he writes, and his newest book, The Lion's Gate.

Mikes On Mics 125: More Lunacy and More Legacy with Chase Reeves

This week "The Mikes" continue their conversation with Chase Reeves. They cover everything from apprenticeship, collaboration, paying for beer, number "twos", bleeps, crops, purpose, WWDC (last year's), the easy button, family, Oprah's Chai Tea (and her legacy), your work, and being in the moment, Tim Ferris, not starving, Chase's sexy voice, turkeys, podcasting and more! They even manage to actually talk about community for a moment, the topic they initially set out to discuss.

Mikes On Mics 124: Lunacy and Legacy with Chase Reeves

"The Mikes" are joined by Chase Wardman Reeves, of the Internet, for the first of two special episodes. While Schechter and Vardy intended to talk to Chase about community, the conversation strayed (as it tends to do with Chase) into the legacies we all try to create with our work and through our actions. And, apparently, Schechter was completely wrong about Quadruples. So... you know, check the Wikipedia article in the links for actual information...

Mikes On Mics 123: Too Fast, Too Furious

This week "The Mikes" are returning from time away on the road. While traveling, both Schechter and Vardy both had a far more hectic schedule than usual. This prompted a conversation about what to do when your schedule forces you to go above and beyond what's normally required of you.

Mikes On Mics 122: The Need for Information

This week The Mikes dive into the wealth of information that we receive on a daily basis. They explore how they handle it, how they figure out what to absorb and what to let go of, and the tools and tactics they use to make those decisions easier – and better.

Mikes On Mics 121: Honesty and Innovation

Inspired by the New York Times' Innovation Report - which was leaked earlier this week - "The Mikes" discuss the importance of an honest assessment of one's self and the way that we work with one another. Schechter and Vardy consider the possible benefits of assessing ourselves with the same vigor as the Times.
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