Whether you are a procrastinator at heart or are simply over-your-head with things you need to get done, getting productive and making sure you have the right strategy to maintain your productivity habits is crucial. A great way to develop strong, proven to work productivity methods without it getting in the way of your never-ending to-do list is by listening to productivity-focused podcasts - why not listen about productivity while being productive?
Podcast platforms are swarming with productivity-based podcasts - everything from time management and creating achievable to-do lists to listening to tips and tricks from other successful individuals. It can get quite overwhelming trying to find the ‘right’ one - which in turn makes you less productive (wasting time scouring Spotify instead of completing those pesky tasks).
Here are 7 must-listen-to productivity podcasts that will help you make 2023 the most productive it can be.
Listen in as the host, Erik Fisher, talks with productivity experts as they share their practical productivity strategies. The tactics that are discussed in this podcast are relevant for both professional and personal matters, and the blend between the two. Some of the topics discussed include, setting boundaries in relationships, avoiding burnout, succeeding as a student, and prioritizing the things that matter.
It’s important to note that the productivity experts don’t just read-off tips and tactics to improve your success, they actually share how they have failed in the past and the lessons they learned from these setbacks.
Episode recommendation: Tara McMullen on Changing Your Approach to Goal Setting - it will definitely get you ready to set some new goals.
David Allen is the uber-successful author or one of the msot popular and influential productivity books of all time - Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. But, let’s be honest, many of us don’t have time to sit down and read such an important book so that’s where his podcast definitely comes in handy. Just like in his book, the host covers organizational tips, overcoming procrastination and making time for your well-being.
Episode recommendation: The Value of Alone Time - it might sound counterintuitive but taking some time to reflect at the end of the day and prepare for the upcoming day is crucial for productivity habits.
Whether you like to admit it or not, most of us struggle with time management. Instead of just focusing on ways to improve ones time planning skills, Mike Vardy offers tips and tricks that will help you maximize productivity with the time you have. Just like he says on his podcast - “Stop trying to manage your time. Start crafting it.”
Each week, Mike Vardy interviews a variety of experts from different fields who share a wide range of productivity tips and tricks. For those that finished listening to the 400+ episodes and are craving more, you can check out Productivityist’s blog where even more areas of productivity are shared.
Episode recommendation: What Goes Into a Task App with Amir Salihefendic - If you love to-do list apps, then you’re going to love this episode
Can you increase your productivity by slowing down? While it may sound counterintuitive, Jocelyn K. Glei and her expert guests definitely share some convincing points.
Most productivity podcasts focus on making the most of the time you have, but this podcast provides an alternative perspective - how to move through life productively at a more sustainable pace.
Episode recommendation: Productivity Shame - How the desire to be ‘productive’ metastasis into a toxic form of work shame that makes you feel like you’re never doing enough.
We obviously couldn’t list the top productivity podcasts without mentioning The Tim Ferriss Show. Tim Ferriss has over 700 million episodes downloaded, over 10,000 5- star reviews and has won the title of ‘Best Of Apple Podcasts’ three times. Also, who doesn’t want to live that 4-hour work week lifestyle?
In his podcast, Ferriss “deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.) digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks listeners can use”. In other words, he does the dirty work and pulls out the productivity methods that you can use on a regular basis. Tim Ferriss is all about how individuals can be more productive and maximize their results using the least effort.
Episode recommendation: Dissecting the Success of Malcolm Gladwell - Malcolm Gladwell coined the concept of needing 10,000 hours to become ‘best’ at something, and that’s pretty much all that needed to sell this episode.
Productivity isn’t just about time management and staying attuned to the work at hand, its also about being able to make the time to live your life. Research has found that there is an important link between happiness and productivity, and Gretchen Rubins’ podcast, Happier, offers practical advice on how to live a happier life.
The happiness bully, better known as Gretchen Rubin is the #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before. But, in her podcast, she gets personal, even bringing along her sister, Elizabeth Craft who is actually her guinea pig - she gives the tips and tricks a try to really test them out. So, if you are looking to not only make the most of your day and use your time wisely, but also live a happier life - you need to check out this podcast.
Episode recommendation: The Secret of a Successful ‘Summer of Health’, Hacks for Easier Holiday Prep, and How to Read More - Listen to this podcast before the holiday rush begins.
Dominate your day before breakfast? I also rolled my eyes at first. But, this podcast truly helps listeners build effective, long-lasting habits that will help them rise early, develop themselves and, of course, maximize productivity. Research shows that you are most focused in the morning - so this podcast will help you take advantage of that. It also helps that the host, Jeff Sander, is super enthusiastic and, even through the earphones, its contagious.
When Jeff Sanders isn’t sharing his own expertise, he invites expert guests that also share crucial information. It’s also important to point out that the 5 AM Miracle Podcast is constantly ranked number one in the Self-Help and Business categories on iTunes.
Episode recommendation: Do the Hard Things First: Why the Order of Events Matter - Quick wins are tempting but what if checking many boxes is not as productive as checking the right boxes?
When it comes to productivity, there isn’t a concrete step-by-step guide. Each individual faces productivity differently - whether that is to get everything you need done in a concise period of time and then rest the rest of the week or to slowly work through your to-do list and nail prioritization. Whatever the case, its always important to listen to new techniques, especially from experts.