Mikes On Mics

Mikes On Mics

Mikes on Mics is a weekly discussion hosted by Michael Schechter of Workflowing.net and Mike Vardy of Productivityist.com that examines productivity, workflows, technology, and how you can "do" better.

Hosted by Michael Schechter and Mike Vardy.


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#116: Virtually Efficient

April 17, 2014 at 10:00pm • 49 minutes

This week "The Mikes" discuss Vardy's early days of outsourcing. As part of a four-week project, Vardy has taken on a part-time viral assistant to help with his growing business. Inspired by his recent experiences, Schechter and Vardy consider how to get started, what to hand off and what to hold onto when working with virtual assistants.


#115: Vardy Changes Task Managers (Again)

April 10, 2014 at 7:00pm • 47 minutes

After a long time away from diving too deeply into tools, "The Mikes" let loose and geek out over task managers. They both share their early thoughts on the newly released beta for OmniFocus 2 and discuss why Vardy has decided to jump ship (again) and switch over to Todoist.


#114: Finding Happiness

April 3, 2014 at 3:00pm • 38 minutes

After touching on fear, failure and frustrations over the past few episodes, "The Mikes" decided it just might be time to take a look at happiness. Rather than focusing entirely on the joyful moments in life, Schechter and Vardy consider how to maintain a healthy relationship with one's own happiness while managing to keep up with life's every day challenges.


#113: Are You Afraid?

March 27, 2014 at 10:00pm • 44 minutes

"The Mikes" pick up where they left off last episode, shifting from screwing up to being afraid. Like it or not, for many - if not most of us - fear plays a large role in our lives and careers. Schechter and Vardy look examine the impact of how we react to everything from massive life changes to small daily decisions.

Oh, and Schechter is having yet another baby, which is both delightful and terrifying. It also may just have a fair amount to do with the topic of this week's episode...


#112: Falling Short

March 21, 2014 at 8:00am • 38 minutes

Inspired by the previous episode of this very podcast, "The Mikes" look at the times they fall short. At some point we all fail to meet expectations, be them our own or those that others have for us. Schechter and Vardy consider how to move past these unenjoyable moments and, more importantly, how to turn them into an opportunity to grow.


#111: The Things That Need Doing

March 13, 2014 at 11:00pm • 31 minutes

"The Mikes" talk about the things we have to, or at least believe we have to do. Vardy and Schechter look at everything from small unavoidable obligations that drive them crazy to the big unenjoyable tasks that are necessary for achieving their goals.


#110: Let Go

March 6, 2014 at 10:00pm • 37 minutes

This week "The Mikes" talk about letting go of projects, passions and the assorted miscellenea we cling to in our lives. Schechter and Vardy consider what it takes to put away, and occasionally abandon entirely, things they care about in order to make room for those that matter more.


#109: Figuring Out Frustration

February 27, 2014 at 11:30pm • 41 minutes

This week "The Mikes" discuss their personal relationships with the "joys" of frustration. Schechter and Vardy discuss what they believe to be the three types of frustration: specific, unidentified and persistent. They look at issues large and small, covering everything from Vardy's inability to access the WWE Network in Canada to the habitual frustration reflex that has the potential to build up within us all.


#108: In For The Long Haul

February 21, 2014 at 8:00am • 41 minutes

This week "The Mikes" talk about the long-term projects that often take years to accomplish. Schechter and Vardy share their approaches to planning and attacking the more ambitious goals in their personal and professional lives.


#107: Fighting Against The Comfort Zone

February 14, 2014 at 1:00pm • 30 minutes

This week "The Mikes" take one of the larger questions recently submitted during their ask from a couple of weeks ago. They explore the idea of what happens when we get stuck in a comfortable place with where we're at with our work (and the tools we use to get our work done), and how we can shake things up and do better work by breaking out of that comfort zone.