December 6, 2013 at 12:00am • 51 minutes
"The Mikes" start looking towards the end of the year (even though no one knows for sure which calendar Vardy goes by). They both cover the various ways that they wind down the year, assess their progress and determining how to best move forward. From failures to successes, Both hosts share how they look at the year that was and plan for the year that could be. Schechter and Vardy also do their very first follow up, so they guess this is now officially a 5by5 podcast now.
November 29, 2013 at 12:00am • 44 minutes
"The Mikes" have a long overdue episode with no guest. Schechter and Vardy discuss some changes they are considering for the show as it continues to evolve. They also look at several recent and significant changes in their lives as well as the choices they've been making of late. Speaking of choices, they also jump into a recent debate on Twitter and App.net about working for others (which Schechter does) vs. working for yourself (which Vardy has been doing for some time now).
November 22, 2013 at 10:00pm • 35 minutes
"The Mikes" are joined by Ryder Carroll, creator of the popular Bullet Journal. Ryder shares how he came up with his straightforward system for rapid logging. In addition to showing how he came to this process for capturing and organizing his daily thoughts, events and tasks, Ryder also offers a deeper glimpse into how he uses the system and where it may be heading moving forward.
November 15, 2013 at 10:00am • 50 minutes
"The Mikes" are joined by Scott Dinsmore of Live Your Legend. Passion and purpose are tricky subjects. They're often overvalued or underestimated. Scott shares advice for aligning passion with purpose in order to make the most of what - if properly harnessed - can be the key to personal and professional success.
November 8, 2013 at 8:00am • 49 minutes
This week "The Mikes" are joined by Jeffrey Inscho of Static Made and the Carnegie Museum of Art. Much of Jeffrey's work centers around tying modern technology to a very traditional institution. His experience leads Jeffrey and "The Mikes" to examine how this challenge of blending old and new plays out in his work and in his life. Vardy also makes Jeffrey sing a song about the Cincinnati Bengals. This confuses Schechter to no end.
November 1, 2013 at 8:00am • 35 minutes
This week "The Mikes" are joined by Marc and Angel Chernoff of the aptly named Marc and Angel Hack Life website. Both Vardy and Schechter have been in awe of their seemingly endless optimism for some time now and wanted to bring the duo on to discuss their approach to living a happier life. Wondering about the role optimism should play in your life? Struggling - like Schechter - to give the concepts of happiness and positive energy the credit they deserve? Marc and Angel offer advice and insights into how they way you approach your life can help you live a better one.
Note: Marc and Angel are sharing a mic, so you may hear some very minor echo on this episode.
October 25, 2013 at 6:00am • 45 minutes
"The Mikes" are joined by the highly amusing Kelly Guimont to talk about her many, many, many hobbies, interests, passions and careers. Balancing all of the things we care about can be a challenge. Kelly shares how she manages to enjoy far too many things while still managing to... you know... actually get her work done and stay married.
October 18, 2013 at 7:00am • 48 minutes
"The Mikes" are joined by Thanh Pham from Asian Efficiency. They discuss how you can go about finding a workflow that fits your personality. Thanh has always been system minded and in this episode he shares how those who may not take to productivity quite as naturally can get started and continue to build a system that fits their personality. Schechter and Vardy also ask Thanh how he manages to maintain his personal system while also determining the best ways to collaborate with his teammates (who may prefer different systems) at Asian Efficiency.
Episode Fun Fact: Schechter had a head cold and took a fair amount of DayQuil before recording.
October 11, 2013 at 8:00am • 44 minutes
This week "The Mikes" are joined by Shawn Blanc. They start out intending to talk about focus, but end up covering an array of topics including bourbon, unfinished business, defining success, projects, Shawn's grandfather, working from home, working with a team, planning your day and more. In other words, they weren't very focused...
October 4, 2013 at 7:00am • 42 minutes
"The Mikes" are joined by Kate Swoboda, aka Kate Courageous. They talk courage and fear, especially Schechter's fear. We all face a fair amount of fear in our lives. Kate shares ideas and tactics that help you push past it and live a life with greater integrity.
Special guest Shawn Blanc.