I’m Mike Vardy. I’m a writer, speaker, and podcaster.



My work has appeared in the pages of SUCCESS Magazine, and online at The Huffington Post, Lifehacker, 99u, and many more. I’ve served as Managing Editor of the popular productivity blog Lifehack, and as an editor at The Next Web and WorkAwesome. I’m the author of The Front Nine: How to Start the Year You Want Anytime You Want, published by Diversion Books, and in 2013 I released two self-published works, The Productivityist Workbook, and The NOW Year: A Practical Guide to Calendar Management.


I’ve given talks on productivity and technology, as well as several featured keynotes and workshops related to time, task, project, and goal management. Some of the organizations and events I’ve spoken at include TEDxVictoria, creativeLIVE, and South By Southwest. With each talk and workshop I deliver, my goal is to help people become more aware of the present so that they can go forward with more focus and purpose. You can find out more about my talks at my Speaking page.


As a podcaster, I’ve created, produced and hosted several over the years. I currently co-host Workflowing with Michael Schechter, a productivity and work-life podcast that is part of the popular 5by5 network.

I live in Victoria, BC, Canada with my amazing wife, daughter, and son.