We know that multi-tasking isn’t an efficient way to work generally, but there are some exceptions to the rule and listening to a podcast while you are working out, on your daily commute to and from work or just taking a break is one of those exceptions.
Combining podcast sessions with other activities is a great way to boost your knowledge, broaden your horizons and fuel your creativity without sacrificing time elsewhere in the day.
Whether you’re interested in current affairs, self-development, science and technology, inspiring interviews or you simply want a bit of light entertainment to help you relax, there is certainly no shortage of content to choose from in the podcast space these days.
In this post, I want to introduce to you ten shows relating to time management and productivity that I think you’ll enjoy.
Here they are, in no particular order.
#1 The Productivityist
This show is hosted by personal productivity and time management specialist, Mike Vardy. I first encountered Mike’s podcast after finding reading his blog of the same name. (There’s some great stuff over there, so if you have some time, go check it out.)
This is a weekly conversational show, usually of around thirty minutes to an hour in duration, covering tips, tricks and tools designed to help you with time management, productivity, goal setting and habits.
Kick off with this sample episode.
#2 Back To Work
Back To Work is an award-winning weekly talk show with Merlin Mann (of Inbox Zero fame) and Dan Benjamin (founder of the 5by5 Podcast Network). Episodes are generally just over an hour long and the pair have some interesting discussions around the themes of productivity, communication and work, but this podcast is so much more than that and includes a lot of insightful and sometimes amusing observations about people, habits and society. They seem to go off on a bit of a tangent sometimes, but it remains an entertaining and informative show.
Listen to this sample episode and see what you think.
#3 The Productive Woman
Ok – first a disclaimer: I’m not a woman and this one is not on my iTunes playlist. But I had read good things about it and listened to a few before recommending here.
It is hosted by Laura McClellan and is another weekly show. The theme is productivity for busy women and the aim is to provide tips, tools and encouragement to help women manage their time, life and stress so that you can accomplish the things that matter most.
Most episodes just have Laura talking, but she occasionally has a guest on the show. Episodes are generally around 40-60 minutes in length.
Try this episode for starters.
#4 Extreme Productivity
The host of the show, Kevin Kruse, is a New York Times bestselling author and Inc 500 serial entrepreneur.
There are sixty episodes of around 10-30 minutes long that cover a lot of no-nonsense productivity and time management advice and tools. If you enjoy his style, you should check out his book, 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management: The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs.
Listen to this one to get an idea of what the show is like.
#5 The Tim Ferriss Show
Tim Ferriss is a bestselling author, well-known for his book, The 4-Hour Workweek. The podcast has been around for several years now and remains popular globally.
The topics covered are not so much around time management, but they all have a common thread, which is unravelling the habits, routines and secrets of world-class performers of all different types, which the listener can then apply to become better in their own everyday life.
Try this one.
#6 The One Thing
This weekly show is hosted by Geoff Woods and aims to “provide the truth behind extraordinary results”.
Topics such as accountability, priorities, habits and goal-setting are common themes.
Episodes are generally around 40 minutes to one hour.
Get a taste of the podcast here.
#7 The Paul Minors Podcast
New Zealand-based Paul Minor hosts this weekly podcast and teaches people about productivity, business, self-improvement and optimizing their time.
Most of the episodes are only around 10 minutes long, so they are great for little blasts of information and motivation. However, when he has guests on, they tend to be longer.
See what you think about this podcast next.
#8 The Productivity Show
This is a weekly podcast from the guys at Asian Efficiency exploring ways to save time, increase your productivity and happiness.
The topics covered include goal setting, time management, personal development and efficiency. Episodes are around 45 minutes long on average.
You can listen to an episode here.
#9 Beyond The To-Do List
This is another weekly podcast and is hosted by Erik Fisher, who talks to real people who are implementing productivity techniques in their professional and personal lives.
Various aspects of productivity are explored, including getting the right work done, getting good work done, and the true end goal of productivity, which is living a meaningful life. It’s not just about success either – many guests share their failures, providing valuable lessons for listeners. Episodes are approximately 50 minutes long.
Listen to this one.
#10 Nir and Far: Business, Behaviour & the Brain
The Nir and Far podcast is hosted by Nir Eyal, the author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.
It is not strictly about time management and productivity, but it does provide many interesting insights into topics regarding human behaviour, digital distraction creating habits. Each episode is only around 10 minutes long, so great for that dead time!
Get a feel for the show with this sample episode.
Time Hack Hero Takeaway
When we have certain goals that we want to achieve, we often have to prioritize how we allocate our time quite carefully. This may mean that we end up neglecting some of the activities that we like doing because they don’t do much to help us move closer to those goals.
For me, one of those activities was self-development books and staying on top of current events. However, I have found that by listening to podcasts when travelling or during times when I a doing some of the low-value tasks that don’t require much in the way of focus and attention, I am able to continue building my education and knowledge without sacrificing time to do so.
Remember also that you can always listen to the podcasts at 1.5 x speed. It’s fast enough to get through a show in less time, but not so fast that the host sounds like Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Which podcasts in the productivity/time management sphere do you listen to and can recommend? Please comment below!
[Featured image credit: Florante Valdez]