Productivity is an essential aspect of work and learning, because it’s about utilizing your time and resources effectively. And when you are your own boss, it's paramount to know how to balance your work life with your personal life.
Time management is basically about figuring out how to spend your time as well as how to shuffle tasks around — or at times eliminate certain tasks altogether — in order to be able to spend your time in the most productive manner.
There are myriad books available on how to manage your time well and be productive. However, for those who love to learn but are pressed for time, podcasts can be a great substitute. Podcasts are easy to consume and can turn such everyday tasks as commuting to work, working out, cooking dinner or cleaning the house into prime opportunities for learning and self-development.
Check out these seven podcasts to help you structure your time better and boost your productivity:
The Productivityist Podcast
The Productivityist Podcast by Mike Vardy examines strategic time-management techniques that have been proven to boost efficiency and effectiveness. In each episode, Vardy shares actionable tips and tricks that are designed to help listeners take their time management, productivity, goals, habits and workflows to new levels, both at work and at home.
The podcast features interviews with CEOs, entrepreneurs, authors and psychologists who share their experiences of how to effectively manage time. Some of the topics covered recently include ADHD, mindfulness, how to achieve productivity while homeschooling kids and how to keep track of productivity data.
Getting Things Done
In this podcast, bestselling author David Allen, who came up with the five-step productivity methodology called “Getting Things Done” and also wrote a book by the same name, offers tips and advice on how to organize time and maximize productivity to achieve success.
The podcast covers a range of topics related to his popular “Getting Things Done” productivity method, and features interviews with people from all walks of life about their journeys with time management. The various topics routinely discussed include technology, productivity, creativity and improving mental flow.
The Tim Ferris Show
Tim Ferris is best known for his bestselling book The 4-Hour Workweek — a highly recommended book for those who want to make the most of their every moment. Often known as “the Oprah of Audio,” in his podcast, Ferris explores themes from this book and his other publications in detail.
In each episode, Ferris interviews world-class performers from diverse areas (such as sports, investing, art, business and so on) to extract the tools, tactics and routines that the audience can use. These include their time-management techniques, morning routines, exercise habits, favorite books and much more. Neil Gaiman, Maria Sharapova, Malcolm Gladwell, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Peter Thiel are some of the well-known people who have appeared on his podcast.
The Extreme Productivity podcast is hosted by New York Times bestselling author, Forbes Leadership columnist, keynote speaker and founder of several multimillion-dollar companies, Kevin Kruse. In each episode, Kruse shares tips on time management, as well as tools and actionable advice from self-made millionaires and billionaires, successful entrepreneurs, Olympic athletes and other super achievers. The podcast covers different scenarios that take place in the workplace and aims to increase the listeners’ daily productivity.
Ditch Busy by Kate Erickson focuses on the audience’s relationship with time management. In the podcast, Erickson tries to help listeners take back control of their time, not just in business, but also in their lives. She encourages, inspires and teaches them how to start embracing time management in a way that doesn’t make them constantly feel overwhelmed. She talks about how they can choose to spend their time so that in any given moment, they feel fulfilled and aligned with exactly how they want to be living their lives.
Beyond the To-Do List
Erik Fisher’s Beyond the To-Do List podcast is for those who constantly feel overwhelmed with their to-do lists, obligations and the multiple hats they wear at work and at home. In the podcast, Fisher explores “all aspects of productivity, such as getting the right work done, getting good work done and the true end goal of productivity: living a meaningful life.” The podcast features interviews with people who use productivity techniques in their personal and professional lives, along with the lessons they’ve learned along the way.
Time Management Tips from Captain Time
Time management isn't just about work, believes Garland Coulson, aka Captain Time, a time management author, speaker and coach. Coulson has spent more than 25 years mastering time management. One of the main reasons he loves to teach time management is so people have more time for what is important in their lives: time for family, friends and passions. In his podcast Time Management Tips from Captain Time, Coulson offers time management tips and productivity techniques to help people get more done every day so they can gain work-life balance.