Podcasts have been around for a decade or so, but they’re seriously having a moment right now. If you have a set of earphones and a spare half an hour, then there’s no reason not to jump on the podcast bandwagon.
And with more and more people, particularly women, seeking answers on how to be their most productive and successful selves, all while balancing their jam-packed lives, it’s no wonder that productivity is a popular topic among these audio series.
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For us at A Girl In Progress, podcasts embody productivity. Consuming knowledge while we’re doing tedious yet unavoidable tasks like driving, cleaning, exercising, or cooking, makes us feel satisfied as like we’re making the most out of my time.
If you find it hard to cram in time to read a productivity book — because spending all that time reading doesn’t feel productive at all — then podcasts are your saving grace. So, where to begin right? Well, we’ve hand-picked our six favorite productivity podcasts for women. It may just be the best half an hour investment you ever make.
The 6 best productivity podcasts for women
1. The Productive Woman
The title says it all. The Productive Woman is a podcast that centres on helping busy women “find the tools and encouragement they need to better manage their lives, their time, their stress, and their stuff, so they can accomplish the things they care about and make a life that matters”.
Host Laura McClellan is extremely transparent and relatable, which makes each episode feel intimate and conversational. She delivers tips that can be actioned immediately and often talks about her own personal experiences to put things into perspective.
One reviewer even went as far as to compare the podcast to, “having my mum in the room giving me really interesting points and actionable steps”.
With over 200 episodes to date, there is plenty of useful information nestled within the series. For instance, in episode 101, McClellan discusses her experience using a bullet journal, something that for me, was the key to working smarter not harder.
2. The BizChix Podcast
Host Natalie Eckdahl is a coach to high-performing women helping women entrepreneurs own their roles as CEO. She teaches you how to “master your mindset, grow as a leader, refine your strategies, build your team and gain visibility in your industry”. While this podcast is perfect for female entrepreneurs and business owners, her core advice is relatable to all.
Each episode features interviews and on air coaching calls with successful entrepreneurs, and with close to 400 episodes, fellow female leaders will likely hear similar everyday scenarios to those they find themselves in.
As a business owner and mum of three herself, Eckdahl understands how little free time many women have and also the need for work life balance. She often recaps key takeaways from multiple episodes, and includes her favourite productivity apps all in one snappy episode, perfect for those super scarce on time.
3. A Day in Progress
How could we not include our newly launched A Day In Progress podcast, hosted by A Girl In Progress editor, Emma Norris? Each episode delves into the daily routines of inspiring women, interviewing a different guest each episode and uncovering their secrets to success. Everything from setting goals and time management, to self-care and eating habits is covered.
The podcast was born out of an almost voyeuristic desire to know how successful women get sh*t done, because who hasn’t assumed it was impossible? If you’re someone who loves watching day in the life vlogs, reading about people’s daily routines or is obsessed with planners and productivity hacks, this is the podcast for you.
The first guest in the series, Brooke Vulinovich, Instagram specialist, founder of Villa Management and creator of the Social Club membership, discusses why she works out twice daily and refuses to connect her emails to her phone. Another guest, Steph Taylor, a corporate dropout turned marketing expert, explains why (and how) she wakes up before 5 am every morning, and how a serious case of burnout led her to reconsider how she was spending her time.
4.Beyond the To-Do List
Sometimes, I’ll spend an entire morning creating a well-thought out, colour-coded, long to-do list and feel accomplished without ticking off a single thing for the rest of the day. It’s almost as if writing a to-do list should be a task on the to-do list itself.
Thankfully I’m not the only one who has failed at productivity, which is discussed with the numerous guests on Beyond The To-Do List. Host Erik Fisher, talks with real people who practically implement productivity strategies in their professional and personal lives, knocking over those dreaded to-do list items.
It’s refreshing to hear that not everyone simple succeeds at daily productivity as they still makes mistakes, yet continue to lead a successful life. Listeners can learn from their mistakes, as they hear how they overcame them and learned from them.
In a recent episode, Fisher interviews Cal Newport, author of Deep Work, and they discuss distraction and focus, digital minimalism, as well as using digital technology to support your goals and values. In a society that now sometimes spends an alarming amount of time using technology, this episode (260) is a must-listen.
5. Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin is a number one best-selling author for The Happiness Project and Better Than Before, and in this podcast, she provides practical advice for reframing your life to be happier. Because the happier you are the more productive you are!
Some topics Rubin, her co-host and sister Elizabeth Craft, and guests featuring on the show touch on include de-cluttering, using checklists, practicing mindfulness, and making time for your side hustle.
Rubin believes there is no one-size-fits-all solution for becoming happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative, but when individuals find what works for them, they can change their habits and ultimately, their lives.
6. The 5 AM Miracle
The 5 Am Miracle is all about dominating your day before breakfast. Taking advantage of the first few hours of the day often takes people’s productivity to the next level, as research has found that you become the most focused during this time.
While the podcast is designed for high achievers, you don’t have to wake up at a crazy early time to take something away from it. Many listeners enjoy the advice on sleep, healthy habits, getting the most out of the first hour of your day, personal development, and maximising your energy and productivity levels.
You might not instantly be bouncing out of bed with enthusiasm once you start listening, but creating these powerful lifelong habits will have an extreme impact on your productivity down the track.
Host Jeff Sanders oozes positivity and the interviews he conducts prove to be extremely insightful.
This article originally appeared on A Girl in Progress.
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