One of the most consistent ways I've found to get valuable insights, cool productivity and business tips/tools all while making the most of my daily commute or walking-the-dog time…..PODCASTS.
That's right, podcasts = productivity.
There are SO many podcasts to choose from in different genres of comedy, health, business, productivity, mindfulness, productivity, social media, etc. The list goes on and on. I mix up my podcast playlist quite often, but I do have a few mainstays.
Erik Fisher hosts this award-nominated productivity focused podcast. I'm a productivity junkie, and Erik delivers. He has great guests, on-point topics, and he's so authentic and fun to listen to. I've had the opportunity to get to know Erik a little bit in real life and turns out he's a genuinely awesome guy. Bonus!
Isn't he the 4-hour Work Week guy, you ask? Yep. The New York Times calls Tim “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.” If that's not fun, I don't know what is. Tim covers the latest in optimal performance, mindfulness, business; you name it. His podcast is a keeper.
3. HBR Idea Cast.
Yes, I do have a bit (ok, a lot) of Ivy League envy, and Harvard Business Review's Idea Cast lets me feel like I'm Ivy, even if it's only for 30 minutes each week. This podcast features the leading thinkers in business and management and often highlights a feature article from the latest HBR Magazine. If you want to stay at the forefront of innovating thinking in business, this podcast is for you.
4. Read to Lead.
Jeff Brown interviews the most relevant authors of the latest leadership, business, personal development, marketing and entrepreneurship books. I use this podcast as a productivity hack to get the highlights from non-fiction work and decide if I'm interested enough to invest time in reading the entire book.
5. TED Radio Hour.
Do you love TED Talks? Then you'll enjoy this podcast. Like TED Talks, each one hour podcast explores innovative ideas. Topics covered in some of the latest episodes have included Rethinking School, Fighting Cancer, Success, Forgiveness, Failure, and Play. These shows are fascinating, and they expose me to perspectives and ideas I'd otherwise never encounter.
Like HBR Idea Cast, these are super smart people talking about a whole host of topics from technology to entertainment. Each episode is under 20 minutes, so it's a great way to learn something you didn't know you didn't know!
Todd Henry, the author of several books including my favorite, “The Accidental Creative,” hosts this 20-minute podcast each week. Todd's work focuses on helping creatives stay prolific, brilliant and healthy. This podcast strikes the right balance by providing big thinking with practical tools and applications.
What's the best way to manage and listen to your podcasts?
There are several apps out there designed to optimize your podcast experience. I've used Stitcher app for a few years now, but I've recently downloaded the Overcast app as it has some cool features like Smart Speed and Voice Boost.
For you Android folks, Castbox looks like one of the highly rated apps for Android.
I'm always looking for cool and interesting new podcasts to freshen up my playlists, so please share with me some of your favs!