Bloggie Wednesday: My Favourite Productivity Podcasts Playlist

Bloggie Wednesday My Favourite Productivity Podcast Playlist

I’m a big fan of podcasts. They have not only replaced my commuting music; they’ve also what I only listen to when running, cooking and even before bed. They’re cheaper than audiobooks (well, they’re free so I can’t complain 😛 ) and are quicker to consume. It’s passive content consumption when I’m doing something else and I learned a lot from the really good ones. I’ve shared some of my favourite podcasts with you before but I thought today, I’d zero in on my favourite podcasts of a particular topic, and that’s productivity.

I’m what you’d call a productivity junkie. I have planners, to-do lists, calendars, productivity apps and books up the wazoo and I love it. I enjoy learning about tips and tricks that can make my days more productive while still leaving me time to nurture my soul. They’ve also helped me tremendously in my blogging. Productivity junkies and a lot of entrepreneurs have what they’d call a “morning routine” and I’ll share mine with you in a future blog post.

For now, let’s get on with my favourite productivity podcasts!

The Productivity Show

The Productivity Show Podcast

I found it amusing that while the name of this show is called The Productivity Show, it’s by a website called Asian Efficiency that’s hosted by a Caucasian. 😛 Initially I thought the podcast was taking the mickey out of Asian folks who are stereotypically more hardworking and/or efficient at work due to the name but thankfully I was wrong. If you’re looking for the very meaty stuff of productivity, this podcast is for you (which is also why I love it). I enjoyed listening to interviews with people on productivity hacks and generally how to make life more efficient. Oh, and they talk about managing your email inbox A LOT.

Beyond The To Do List

Beyond The To Do List Podcast

This podcast is hosted by Erik Fisher and it’s also another interview-type of podcast featuring secrets from productive people who show you how to complete good work and balance your life. It’s a very content-heavy podcast; not something I’d listen to while running but more when I’m actually working. Each episode is typically 50 minutes long but even so, they’re often interesting to listen to.

The Chalene Show

The Chalene Show Podcast

Chalene Johnson is very popular in the fitness informercials world. Tim does her popular PiYo workouts and I had no idea she was a business entrepreneur until I discovered her podcasts because I’ve always known her as a fitness guru. Chalene exudes a lot of energy in her podcast, which is why I enjoy running whilst listening to The Chalene Show. She talks about productivity and life hacks in this podcast. She has another podcast called Build Your Tribe that’s more of a business entrepreneurial podcast so if that’s not really your thing, then The Chalene Show is the one to go for.

The 5AM Miracle

5AM Miracle Podcast

When I first heard of the 5AM Miracle podcast, I thought it was run by Hal Elrod, who’s the bestselling author of The Miracle Morning but it was by someone else called Jeff Sanders. It’s still a really good podcast to listen to because Jeff interviews very interesting people who aren’t necessarily just the big-wigs of the Internet world (although he has interviewed Deepak Chopra, David Allen and more). There are many good episodes but there were two that I particularly enjoyed: the one where he interviewed a professional personal trainer (longest podcast episode I’ve ever listened to at 2 hours but it was so good) and the one where he interviewed this particular author who had a Navy Seal live with him for 31 days and how that changed his life. Even though his podcasts are mainly on interviews with people, they still touch on productivity and morning routines.

The Productive Woman

The Productive Woman Podcast

This is a productivity podcast for by busy women on busy women for busy women. Hosted by Laura McClellan, she interviews different women in various industries on ways to create a more productive life for working women, especially those with family. While the interviews are interesting, I must say that I don’t really enjoy her solo episodes because she does tend to ramble on quite a bit with a rather monotonous voice. Her interviews, on the other hand, are good. The guests on her show range from entrepreneurs, marketing coaches to lawyers, novelists and much more.

Straight and Curly

Straight and Curly Podcast

I’ve left the best for last and it’s Straight and Curly. It may not be as meaty in content as the rest of the bigger podcasters I mentioned above but this one particularly has a special place in my heart because it’s Aussie and it’s co-hosted by one of my favourite bloggers Carly @ Smaggle. She co-hosts Straight and Curly with Kelly Exeter who blogs at A Life Less Frantic. Their podcast is about productivity, experimenting with popular life hacks and telling you if they work. In one particular episode, they talked about how popular gratitude journals are but how they did not work for one of them. I thought it was interesting because gratitude journals are all the rage now but they’re something I can’t get into either. By the way, it’s called Straight and Curly because Carly has curly hair and Kelly has very straight hair. Nothing to do with productivity at all. Hah!

I stumbled upon a few more productivity podcasts during the lead-up to this blog post but as I’m only about a couple of episodes in with them, I’m not ready to say if I really like them or think they’re meh just yet. When I do, I’ll do a part two of the productivity podcast playlist.

Do you enjoy listening to podcasts too? What are your favourite podcasts? Are there any good productivity ones that I haven’t mentioned here that you like?

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6 comments… add one
  1. Karyn

    I loved this post. My favourite podcast is AskPat which is hosted by Pat Flynn, my favourite entrepreneur. Nice quick 10 minute episodes. Not specifically productivity related but lots of great info for blogs and small business.
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Karyn. Ooh I love AskPat podcasts too! Short and easy to consume. 🙂

  2. Mel

    Loved this post Tine!! I listened to the Straight and Curly podcast this morning and it was so good! Had such a productive day!! It was the one on ‘Touch it once’. Went around the house accidentally picking up things and being forced to put away/clean/do something with it 🙂
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    1. Tine

      Oh I know the Touch It Once episode! Love it! 😀

  3. Yu Ming

    Hi Tine, welcome back! How was your hiatus? This is a brilliant idea that I will try. I think I’m reading this at the right moment because I found myself washing dishes, prepping food for the next day and cleaning up the dining/living area which took me two whole hours. It was so dull! I couldn’t really watch anything because my eyes had to be focused on my tasks but podcasts would def take the tedium away plus I’ll be learning something new 😉 You are always full of great ideas. I tried your 25 min time slots to increase my productivity and it has been a great help. I can’t say I can always be in the zone for that but when I really need to bust some ass and get shizz done, it really works. Thanks as always for sharing!
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    1. Tine

      Hello Yu Ming! It’s good to be back, even though I really enjoyed the break away from the blog.

      Oh I know what you mean. That’s why I listen to podcasts when I’m doing the laundry, ironing, prepping food, washing dishes, vacuuming the floor … basically all the boring, tedious housework that has to be done. Like you, I can’t be watching TV when I’m doing this either (made the mistake of watching videos on the iPad while chopping garlic – the scar on my finger can attest to that!) so listening to podcasts certainly helped make the process quicker. Some podcasts are really funny; I’d be laughing to myself, even if I’m commuting and people wonder what the heck it is I’m on about. 😛

      Glad you find the pomodoro method useful! I can’t recommend it enough. 😀

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