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2019.05.10
- 111 min -
Joe Buhlig

The rise of the Extroverted Ideal has led to a world that can’t stop talking. But where does that leave you if you find groups exhausting or prefer to work alone? Join Joe & Mike as they discover the soft power introverts possess and why understanding it is so important.

2019.04.26
- 89 min -
Joe Buhlig

We can’t control everything that happens to us, but how might our lives look different if we assumed ownership for them anyway? That’s the topic Joe & Mike examine in today’s book. Tune in to find out why “responsibility” is not a dirty word.

2019.04.12
- 108 min -
Joe Buhlig

Our environment shapes our thoughts and actions in myriad ways, without our permission or even our knowledge. In today’s episode, Joe & Mike discover the subtle but substantial ways in which outside forces influence our everyday behavior.

2019.03.29
- 105 min -
Joe Buhlig

Few things have impacted our everyday lives as much as the smartphone. In today’s episode, Joe & Mike discuss the fallout from our digital addictions and contemplate Cal Newport’s radical approach as a potential cure in the war for our attention.

2019.02.27
- 96 min -
Joe Buhlig

Can small habits really transform your life and deliver amazing results? Author James Clear believes they can. In today’s episode, Joe and Mike revisit a familiar topic to tackle one of Bookworm’s most requested books and see if it lives up to the hype.

2019.02.13
- 100 min -
Joe Buhlig

Have you ever struggled to achieve a goal, even though you were fully committed to and believed in it? Today’s book gives you a simple framework to help you understand why. Join Joe & Mike as they try to understand themselves a little bit better.

2019.01.29
- 92 min -
Joe Buhlig

Your brain is an incredibly powerful computer, rapidly processing information to help you make better decisions – except when it doesn’t. Should you really trust your first impressions? Join Joe & Mike as they dive into the world of rapid cognition and thinking without thinking.

2019.01.14
- 136 min -
Joe Buhlig

Is it true that less is more? When it comes to goal achievement, Gary Keller & Jay Papasan say, “Aboslutely!” In today’s episode, Joe & Mike dive into the surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results to see if the answer really is that profound or if Mike is just remembering one of his favorite books through sentimental, rose-colored glasses.

2018.12.27
- 104 min -
Joe Buhlig

No matter how careful we are or how healthy our habits, one day we will all die. In this episode, Joe & Mike tackle their most uncomfortable topic yet as they consider how to bring meaning and purpose to end of life care.

2018.12.15
- 146 min -
Joe Buhlig

Is Scrum really the magical project finishing formula that author Jeff Sutherland says it is? Joe & Mike share their own Scrum stories and point out the pitfalls in this episode covering Bookworm’s most requested book.

2018.11.21
- 99 min -
Joe Buhlig

When it comes to making decisions, we like to think we’re capable of making smart, rational choices. But are we? Tune in to find out why Dan Ariely believe our irrational behavior is completely predictable - and what you can do about it.

2018.11.06
- 137 min -
Joe Buhlig

Focus is a hot topic, but there’s more to it then just turning off Twitter and blocking out distractions. Today’s book shows us how to manage our focus, helps us understand how it works, and shows us how to recharge it when it gets low. Author Chris Bailey joins us at the end to talk about writing Hyperfocus, what he learned from the process, and which mechanical keyboard is the best.

2018.10.18
- 115 min -
Joe Buhlig

Happy people are productive people, but can you really choose to be happy? Things may not always happen for the best, but in today’s episode Mike & Joe figure out how and why some people are able to make the best of the things that happen.

This past week I had a chance to jump on Free Agents with my good friends Mike Schmitz and David Sparks to talk about a pretty big transition I’m working through with my work. It may not be a popular decision I’m making, but it’s definitely the right move and I’m certainly excited about it.

2018.10.15
- 38 min -
Joe Buhlig

Joe has done something out of character, updating to iOS 12 and Mojave with quickness. Drew asks why, and the two talk about Siri Shortcuts, dark mode, and a third-party app that makes both of their MacBook Pro setups so much sweeter.

2018.10.04
- 109 min -
Joe Buhlig

Can the world of professional chefs teach us anything about productivity? Joe and Mike seem to agree with Dan Charnas and say, yes. Mis-en-place!

2018.09.17
- 47 min -
Joe Buhlig

As Joe and Drew both grow their respective businesses, their usual task management talk transitions to a similar topic: team management. Drew gives the floor to Joe, who talks about why he manages projects and not people, and how to find the right system.

2018.09.05
- 117 min -
Joe Buhlig

Should you set limits on what you’ll do with and for other people? And if so, what should those lines be? And do those limits have a place in the church?

2018.09.03
- 43 min -
Joe Buhlig

Drew bought a coffee shop. He tells the story, and talks about how it’s changing his productivity habits.

2018.08.24
- 110 min -
Joe Buhlig

Up to 40% of our daily actions are influenced by our habits, but how do you actually influence them? In this episode, Joe & Mike dive into The Power of Habit and discover the secret to lasting positive change.

2018.07.18
- 106 min -
Joe Buhlig

There is a myth in the workplace that says we need to work longer hours to achieve more and do so with higher quality. But this is purely a myth and there’s a lot of science to prove it.

2018.07.16
- 38 min -
Joe Buhlig

Joe turns this episode into a confessional and makes a vulnerable statement: He’s a phone addict. Drew and Joe discuss our modern tendency to spend too much time on our devices, Joe reveals how he’s dealing with it, and Drew covers the ways that iOS 12 provides some ‘app limits’ of its own. Since iOS 12 gets brought up, so too does the other looming Apple beta: Mojave.

2018.07.05
- 78 min -
Joe Buhlig

If you listen to Bookworm as a way to filter your book list, then this episode will blow your mind. Joe and Mike pick their top ten books draft-style. They’re not necessarily Bookworm books either. Also included: a special surprise.

2018.07.02
- 38 min -
Joe Buhlig

An episode dedicated to a singular topic: Joe is back to using OmniFocus.

2018.06.24
- 107 min -
Joe Buhlig

What does it take to become the best? And what do the world’s greatest do that puts them at the top? And how does that translate into our day to day lives?