Everyone wants to get more done. The key is figuring out how.
Fortunately, learning ways to be more efficient and effective is really easy, especially if you listen to the experts. Here are ten of the best productivity podcasts -- check them out and let me know what you think:
Seeing so many people feeling overworked and overwhelmed, New York Times bestselling author Kevin Kruse sought to uncover the secrets behind achieving productivity while also feeling a sense of peace and balance. Each 15-minute show is based on insights gained from his interviews with over 200 highly successful people including billionaires, Olympic athletes, Silicon-valley entrepreneurs and even straight-A students.
Try this episode: Check out why understanding the number "1440" could immediately change your daily habits.
Jeff Sander's The 5 AM Miracle weekly podcast is all about "dominating y our day before breakfast" by developing powerful early morning habits and rituals. Sanders credits this approach as being the key to his own personal success as a marathon runner, entrepreneur and healthy vegan. Sanders features well-known celebrities and experts such as Deepak Chopra, Stephanie Gibson and Ted Ryce who share their views on getting the most out of life.
Try this episode: Find out if you have a tendency to say "yes" to everything.
Aimed at members of the "creative economy," or those who view themselves as more creative than organized, Todd Henry's Accidental Creative podcast covers a range of topics including leveraging competition, minimizing regrets and common leadership mistakes. Todd's weekly show shares his own insights as well as those of his guests, who include Dan Harris, Cal Newport and Laura Vanderkam.
Try this episode: Do you prefer being liked or being effective?
Whether it's minimizing the work week, or maximizing your fitness, Tim Ferriss is all about the "minimum effective dose." Newsweek calls him, "the world's best human guinea pig". Tim's weekly podcast shares the results of his own life experiments as well as those of many famous guests. Regardless of the guest or the topic, Ferriss always asks his guests about their morning rituals and habits for productivity.
Try this episode: What exactly are happiness hacks?
Self-described "productivity enthusiast" Mike Vardy hosts a weekly show that examines tactical time management techniques to boost efficiency and effectiveness. Recent shows have explored the topics of mindfulness, ADHD, tracking productivity data and how to be productive while homeschooling your kids.
Try this episode: Why following a routine is so important.
Two minutes. That's how short each episode of Ray Sidney-Smith's ProdPod's productivity podcasts is. However, a lot of actionable information is still packed into every episode. Recent topics include rewarding yourself for reaching your goals, Kaizen, and several book summaries. No matter how busy you are, you can definitely make time for ProdPod's episodes.
Try this episode: You deserve this reward for being productive.
7. Back to Work
Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin bring together a great talk show about productivity, constraints, tools and communication. While each episode lasts an average of an hour and a half, listeners are entertained by the duo's funny antics on the side. Unlike most of the other podcasts that offer quick actionable tips, Back to Work offers a deeper look at important topics, including work, identity, and expectations. Not your ordinary podcast.
Try this episode: Merlin and Dan talk about getting out of your own head.
Many believe that David Allen, author of Getting Things Done (or GTD as disciples call it), wrote the definitive book on time management. In his podcast, David uses the GTD system to help more readers achieve what he calls "mind like water". Among the various topics discussed: technology, creativity and improving mental flow.
Try this episode: How do you create major impact using GTD? Your daily decisions definitely matter.
Albert Einstein said, "The only source of knowledge is experience." Erik Fisher sure knows this by heart since his podcast features interviews from people who share their successes but also their lessons learned from failure. Recent themes explored by Fisher and his guests include: remote management, inbox zero, creativity and hustle.
Try this episode: An interview with a business coach on the effects of health on productivity.
10. Daily Discipline
Known around the globe as the leading expert on self-discipline, bestselling author Rory Vaden knows a thing or two about habits for success. He is the leader of a multi-million dollar global consulting firm, which brings practicality to the advice he gives. His podcast also features other renowned experts including psychologists, entrepreneurs and even his 100-year old grandmother.
Try this episode: Why Rory considers his grandma's perspective on the world simply amazing.