MacVoices #20249: MacVoices Live! – Productivity with Mike Schmitz (1)

Mike Schmitz, our featured guest on a recent MacVoices Live!, surprised everyone when he said he trashed all his productivity systems and started over at the beginning of the pandemic. Mike, along with the panel of Jeff GametDavid GinsburgFrank PatrieKelly Guimont, and Brittany Smith, dug into the topic, discussing their own personal productivity tools and methods. Surprise: many of them are not digital! (Part 1 of 2)



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Show Notes:


Mike Schmitz is an Apple fanboy, coffee snob, and productivity junkie who is intent on teaching people how to be more productive. His newest effort is He is the Executive Editor for The Sweet Setup, a site dedicated to reviewing and recommending the very best Mac and iOS apps, and is the creator of FaithBasedProductivity, where he teaches his personal approach to getting more done. Mike lives in Wisconsin with his wife and 4 crazy boys and is the author of Thou Shalt Hustle. He is also the co-host of the Bookworm podcast and (probably) spends too much time on Twitter. You can find all his projects on his personal web site,, including his new podcast with his wife Rachel at

Jeff Gamet is the author of Fresh Brewed Tales, a chronicle of Jeff’s strange adventures at coffee shops. You can find his regular updates on Twitter

David Ginsburg is the President of the Suburban Chicago Apple Users Group, and is an IT professional supporting Mac, iOS and Windows users. Find and follow him on Twitter as @daveg65. You can also hear him share his knowledge on his podcast, In Touch With iOS.

Frank Petrie is an author and contributor to ScreenCastsOnline Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and check out his web site,

Kelly Guimont is a longtime Apple geek, sitting down (on a telephone book) in front of an Apple IIe in 1983. She can still hear the ticking of the ImageWriter. Thanks to the miracle of the adjustable leg desk, she no longer needs the phonebook. Kelly writes for The Mac Observer, is the host of the Daily Observations Podcast, is co-host of The Aftershow, and yet still has more to say which she saves for Twitter and

Brittany Smith is a cognitive neuroscientist who provides a variety of consulting services through her business, Devise and Conquer that includes ADD/ADHD coaching, technology coaching, productivity consulting, and more. She is a self-designated “well-rounded geek”, and holds a M.S. degree in Cognitive Neuroscience. She can be found on Twitter as @addliberator. Check out her latest project, a YouTube channel of tech tips.


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