Top Productivity Podcasts
Have you ever attended a training day or read a book that has you incredibly motivated and fills you full of good intentions about how you are going to implement it all. Then, real life intervenes, things get busy and gradually the energy and motivation slip away? I know I have plenty of times. I have found podcasts to be great re-energisers, giving me regular little prods to keep me going in the right direction. A lot of the podcasts I listen to are aimed at productivity, the hosts are inspirational speakers that people would spend hundreds if not thousands of pounds to go and attend conferences where they are speaking. Through podcasts, you get to gain their insights and wisdom every week.
Podcasts are now an essential part of my day to day life. They are my daily dose of motivation and inspiration.
Because they are audio I can listen to them anywhere while I’m doing anything. While filling the dishwasher, when I’m in the car, basically I listen to them while I’m doing other things, normally boring stuff like housework. They are not another thing that I have to try and make time to fit in. They actually make boring but necessary tasks much more enjoyable. When I’m having to empty and refill the dishwasher, yet again, at least I can catch up with the latest episode of my favourite podcasts.
I’ve included links to each podcasts websites, as they then list all the places you can find them. I know they are all available on iTunes because that’s how I listen to them all through my phone!
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The Productive Woman
New episodes every Wednesday
Weekly podcast whose purpose is to help busy women find the tools and encouragement they need to manage their time, life, stress and stuff so they can accomplish the things they care about most, and make a life that matters
My absolute favourite podcast for productivity. Stuffed to the brim with top tricks and tips for productivity regardless of whether you’re packing a pair of ovaries or not. The host Laura McClellan is a lawyer in a busy legal practice and mother of five so she knows how to make time for the things that matter. The show takes a well-rounded look at life, it’s not just about focussing your productivity at work, or at home, it’s about everything.
Laura regularly has guests on from a vast variety of background, from productivity gurus, publishing, to stay-at-home-mothers. Anyone who she feels has valuable advice to offer. It’s not about who trying to sell their latest book this week, you can tell that Laura gives a lot of thought about making every minute of the podcast worth your time to listen to it.
Show has been on a break since the end of 2015. But there over 100 episodes in the back catalogue for you to work through.
Each episode is no longer than 15 minutes, some are as short as 4 minutes. Straight to the point on how you can become more productive right now with small easy steps. The time you spend listening to this podcast you regain tenfold!
New episodes every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday
There is a different guest every episode covering an amazing array of different topics. This podcast is very much aimed towards entrepreneurs and small business owners, but I’ve found brilliant ideas that I’ve been able to implement not only at work but with my personal life as well. What I especially enjoy about this podcast is that it is aimed towards creatives which gives it a different approach from all of the other productivity podcasts and blogs that I read.
The host, Jeffrey Shaw, regularly has authors on and each time he has always taken the time to read the book. Which is rarer than you would think! This means he knows which questions to ask and he can cut through to what makes this book stand out from all the others on the market.
Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod
New Episodes every Wednesday
The author of the bestselling book The Miracle Morning. Hal is somebody who has worked his way to the top not only once, but twice. Once when he was hit by a drunk driver and died, he not only managed to recover to not only become an ultra-marathon runner but built an incredibly successful business, then after the credit crash he had to build it all up again. In the beginning, the podcasts were Hal being interviewed by a host and now Hal himself, is the host, and most of his episodes are him interviewing other people, but also adding his own insights. Sometimes because he and that weeks guest are both authors or both motivational speakers they end up interviewing each other which adds a whole other layer to the interview makeing it really interesting. This is a podcast that is mainly geared towards entrepreneurs, but it takes a very holistic approach to it. Success is not measured only in the money you make but in the people that you serve. As someone who currently works in local government this really strikes a chord with me. The most important aspect to me is the community that I serve because it couldn’t be the money!
Getting Things Done
Yes, it’s David Allen and Getting Things Done, I know I mention it in some form virtually every blog post, that’s because the system really is that good. This is a brilliant but sporadic podcast that digs deep into the system, so if there are any points in the system you are not sure of, listen to this! One episode is even someone guiding you through completing your weekly review which is considered to be the most critical steps in GTD.
It’s more recent episodes are people being interviewed about how they use the system which is fascinating. It’s best if you start at the beginning and then work your way forward. At the moment, they seem to be putting out a new podcast roughly every month.
The best of the rest
Because sometimes the best way to increase your productivity is to switch off and relax!
New episodes released on a Thursday during the season.
I know I’m very late to the party on this one! But just in case you are one of the few people on the planet who haven’t heard about it this is the official description of Serial:
Serial unfolds one story – a true story – over the course of the whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah Koenig (the host) what know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she’ll bring you the latest chapter, so it’s important to listen in, starting with Episode 1.
I finally began listening to Serial last week and in any spare moment I had, and a few moments that weren’t spare, it’s that good. I worked my way through both series in a week. Mostly with earbuds in as there is some bad language and I didn’t want my kids learning new words. Yes, sometimes I was that bad mother looking after her kids with one earbud in, these podcasts had me that gripped. Stop judging me and go and listen to this podcast. And then come back and tell me what you think? Not just your review of the show but your theories. I need someone to talk about it with! I need a Serial support group to help me process it all.
Classy Little Podcast
New episodes every Wednesday
This podcast is so funny! It’s like having your best friends round. Each week they have a different topic and talk about it while they eat cheese and polish off a bottle or two of wine! This is also a way for me to enjoy wine vicariously as I can’t drink at the minute!
It’s a show for adults and so there is some adult language. I generally save this for when I’m in the car or my kids are in bed. Just a heads up, don’t listen to the episode about cats while driving. I was howling my head off while I was in the middle lane of the motorway in rush hour traffic.
Updated every Friday
Based on TED talks each episode has a theme and is based on various different TED talks that have been given that touch on that topic. The speakers are also interviewed by the host Guy Raz meaning that you can gain extra depth and detail from the talks that you wouldn’t necessarily get from the YouTube videos. I don’t have a whole lot of time to watch YouTube so this is my way of catching 5 talks a week.
What podcasts do you listen to let me know in the comments?