Listen and learn
Are you an auditory learner? If so then podcasts are one of the best ways of keeping up to date with your interests and to learn something new from a specialist. It’s just like having your own on-demand radio station at your fingertips – or should I say in your ears.
You can access podcasts via these apps: iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast, Podbean, Spreaker to name just a few. These are free and most are available for both iOS and Android devices. Just download the app of your choice from the app store to your smartphone or tablet and off you go. My preferred podcast player is Stitcher. Most podcasters have audio players on their websites together with useful show notes.
The advantage of podcasts is that you can listen on the go, whilst running or walking, at the gym, when doing chores or driving. I have been listening to a whole variety for over eight years and my current favourite is the Confessions Podcast from Simon Mayo on Radio 2! Not great for productivity but extremely funny.
If you are looking for a weekly podcast to help you become more productive here are my own favourites.
- Beyond the To-Do List https://beyondthetodolist.com/
Podcaster Erik Fisher has a weekly show with interviews with interesting business people on a wide variety of productivity topics. He works from home as the social media manager for Social Media Examiner and is an all-round nice guy.
- Asian Efficiency https://www.asianefficiency.com/
Nothing to do with being Asian, this podcast offers straightforward practical advice on anything from email efficiency to scrum decision making.
- The Productivityist https://productivityist.com/
Mike Vardy has been writing his productivity blog since 2011 and is very well-known in the field. He has expanded into related topics including mindfulness, meditation and morning routines.
- Productivity Paradox https://ppx.inkwellpress.com/
Tonya Dalton co-owner of Inkwell Press records the Productivity Paradox podcast to complement the company’s range of journals and planners.
- GTD Podcast https://gettingthingsdone.com/podcasts/
David Allen is best known for his book Getting Things Done, the bible for organising good old-fashioned paperwork. The second edition of the book was published in 2015 to take account of technology. Slightly gushy intros so ignore them and move onto the advice in the main section which is delivered by a range of experts.
I cannot write about productivity without mentioning Michael Hyatt https://michaelhyatt.com/ His blog and podcast are full of advice on personal and professional development as well as productivity. In addition, take a look at Darren Hardy for solid story-telling in a similar vane. For a selection of books on the topic visit the book resources page.
What podcasts do you listen to? Are they for business or pleasure or a mixture of both? Leave your recommendations in the comments below.