Whatever creative business you’re in, there’ll be times when your productivity derails, and you find yourself distracted, demotivated, or stuck in a rut. When this happens, it’s essential to take stock of where you are and find a way to supercharge your productivity levels to keep your business on the road to success…
Productivity podcasts are a brilliant resource to tap into. You can listen to them even when you’re busy doing other things – commuting, sweating it out at the gym, cooking dinner, tackling housework – even while you’re doing certain work tasks.
We’ve done some digging to find ten podcast gems that’ll inspire you to get more done in the year ahead. Here they are below!
1. Getting Things Done (GTD)
If you need practical advice on how to get things done, David Allen has literally written the book on it and followed it up with a podcast. The GTD system is a brilliant productivity methodology with five simple steps to help you apply order to chaos. The GTD podcast discusses topics like the psychology of productivity, GTD for creative people, how to reduce stress and more.
2. Beyond the To-Do List
Suffering from ‘to-do list overwhelm’ (aren’t we all)? In the Beyond the To-Do List podcast, host Erik Fisher chats with productive people who successfully juggle the various aspects of their professional and personal lives. Tune in to discover how to get good work done and live a meaningful life.
3. Power Hour
Power Hour is hosted by Adrienne Herbert, a leading wellness professional and international TEDx speaker, among other accolades. Each week she talks to creatives, coaches, innovators and change-makers to discover their daily habits and how they achieve success. Previous big-name guests include Fearne Cotton, Tom Daley, James Clear and Fleur East.
4. The Tim Ferriss Show
Tim Ferriss is the man behind the bestselling book, The 4-Hour Workweek. In The Tim Ferriss Show, which has been billed as one of the most popular podcasts in the world, he interviews a range of experts and high profile guests to unearth the key tools and tactics they use for productivity and success. Past guests include Tony Robbins, Hugh Jackman, Malcolm Gladwell, Jerry Seinfeld and 500+ others.
5. The Creative Productive Podcast
Hosted by Sarah from Positively Productive, The Creative Productive Podcast is aimed at creatives, particularly content creators and designers. Sarah regularly interviews guests about their creative projects and what it means to be productive. Past episodes have explored good mindset, avoiding burnout, positive thinking and the importance of planning. You can even be a fly on the wall and witness real-life mentoring sessions with creative entrepreneurs.
6. Hurry Slowly
Hurry Slowly with Jocelyn K. Glei teaches you how to be more productive, creative and resilient by navigating work and life at a more sustainable pace. You’ll get to hear in-depth interviews with deep thinkers, artists and entrepreneurs on fascinating topics like using technology with intention, the importance of uncertainty and unravelling your inner critic.
7. The Productivity Show
With more than ten million downloads to date, The Productivity Show by Asian Efficiency is a top resource for anyone wanting to double their productivity. It’s hosted by Thanh Pham, formerly a high school dropout, now a successful founder and thought leader in the industry. The podcast features high profile guests like David Allen (GTD) and covers time management, goal setting and personal development.
8. The Accidental Creative
Geared up for creative professionals, The Accidental Creative podcast is packed with tips and advice on how to thrive in life and work. In each episode, Todd Henry interviews leaders, top thinkers and artists about topics like achieving peak mind, rethinking your rituals, dealing with creative burnout and discovering your productivity profile.
9. Before Breakfast
Pressed for time? Before Breakfast with Laura Vanderkam offers bite-sized productivity advice that you can listen to before starting your workday. Each episode lasts between five and eight minutes and consists of a specific time management strategy, productivity tip or answer to a listener’s question. And with 929 episodes at the time of writing this article, this one will keep you going for a while.
10. The Intentional Advantage
Hosted by productivity expert Tanya Dalton, The Intentional Advantage podcast gives you strategies to fast-track your success and achieve the lifestyle you desire. Past episodes include talks on empowering yourself for success, growing a business with intention and how smart leaders prioritise.
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