5 Productivity Podcasts to Help Keep Your 2020 Resolutions

As we reach the midway point in January, most New Year’s resolutions are either going strong or have dropped into the dustbin of history. It’s understandable. No matter the resolution, change takes time, and we can all use a few more hours in the day. Enter productivity podcasts! If you want to fill your noggin with tips and tricks about errand paralysis, overcoming overwhelm, and how to maximize your morning routine while you commute to work, podcasts are the way to go.

Productivity Podcasts We Recommend

I’ve put together a list of five productivity podcasts with the average run time and some specific episodes to check out. They’ll freshen up your weekly system and help you meet your goals, all while giving you some extra time to spend on what matters – the things that make you happy.

PS – I’ve included some podcast pro-tips of my own (I’m a podcast whiz), to help you increase your podcast listening productivity 😉

Before Breakfast

Description: A podcast that features bite-sized productivity tips designed to help listeners make the most of their time, both at work and at home.

My Thoughts: Each episode of this podcast is a little gem that can be instantly put into practice. Just reading through the episode titles can give you quick tips to increase your productivity. “Choose a go-to gift,”, “try 40 minute meetings,” and “give each parent one night off” are just a few great examples. If you’re not interested in listening to hour-long productivity podcasts, but still want to glean some useful tricks, this is the podcast for you.

Pro Tip: Some podcast hosts speak slowly (including this one) – try increasing the podcast play back speed!

Productivity Paradox

Description: A podcast that gives actionable advice to help you harness your productivity and streamline your routines to create a life centered on your own priorities.

My Thoughts: Tonya’s podcast focuses on JOMO (the joy of missing out), which can be a real mind-shift for those of us that suffer from its opposite FOMO (fear of missing out). Recent episodes focus on one topic show, such as guilt-free delegating or how boundaries will set you free. In each episode, Tonya interviews someone struggling with a particular issue and provides practical techniques to take action on that challenge. Taken as a whole, Productivity Paradox can help you create a new system of planning and productivity for your life.

Pro Tip: Choose episodes whose titles really speak to you; that way, you’ll get the most out of listening and focus the rest of your time on implementing better systems. Don’t feel like you have to listen to every episode!

Hurry Slowly

Description: A podcast about pacing yourself where the host explores how you can be more productive, creative, and resilient through the simple act of slowing down.

My Thoughts: Jocelyn has a calm voice that matches the intention of the podcast: to pace yourself. Her insightful questions lead to thoughtful interviews, which give the listener clarity about the fact that being busy doesn’t mean you’re being productive. Try listening and reflecting over your Saturday morning coffee or lunch break, for instance.

Pro Tip: Great sound production goes a long way. If you are bothered by poor sound quality, it’s okay to skip those podcasts. This podcast, however, has excellent sound quality and soothes the listener with an easy tempo and calming voice.

The Productivityist

Description: An interview-based podcast that discusses tactics designed to help you take your time management, to do lists, habits, and workflow to new heights.

My Thoughts: The Productivtyist is more business focused than the other productivity podcasts listed. Mike, who is a leading voice in the productivity space, has an easy-going, personable interviewing style that pulls you through the episodes and help you pick out the nuggets of wisdom his guests have to offer. For those looking to go deeper into the productivity arena, this podcast can help you be more intentional about changing your daily workflow and the tools you are using to be more productive.

Pro Tip: Above all, find a podcast host you like – someone you would want to sit next to in your living room and listen to. Someone who feels authentic. This will improve your listening experience and keep you coming back for more. As an added bonus, it will increase the likelihood of you incorporating your learning into your everyday life.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Description: Gretchen Rubin is famous for her book, The Happiness Project. In this podcast, Gretchen and her sister Elizabeth (a TV writer and producer) discuss practical advice about happiness and setting good habits.

My Thoughts: The conversational dynamic between the two siblings is great for background listening, and you’ll pick up some note-worthy tips that can increase your daily happiness from their banter. Gretchen has done a life’s worth of research into the concept of happiness and it shines through on this podcast. Studies have shown we’re most productive when we’re happy, so any productivity routine needs to include some of Gretchen’s tips.

Pro Tip: Determine what type of podcasts you like best. Maybe it’s interview-style, conversational, educational, solo-casts, or non-fiction storytelling. Once you know, find podcasts that match that style. This will save you from becoming frustrated or bored, and will help you navigate all the podcast choices out there.

One Last Thought

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