My productivity has taken a huge hit recently.
It started with an inspiring but bewildering conference, which, frankly, drove a tank through the recent strategy I’ve been following! Next came a spell of US & UK travel (8 different beds in a 4-week period). Then, not 24 hours after arriving home, I went down with stomach flu.
As you can imagine, the litany of tasks not done is towering over the list I’ve actually accomplished.
But the tale of woe ends there, because I realized that whether the malaise is jetlag, sickness or general summertime disruption, podcasts are an ideal way to use low-energy fragments of time.
On a packed train from London to Edinburgh, I found a podcast more practical than attempting to open a laptop… On a plane crawling through the skies above Newfoundland, podcasts soothed my ears when my eyes were too bleary to focus… You get the idea.
This post, then, is a shout-out to all the dedicated podcasters who produce regular content to inform and inspire us. Here are 5 episodes on productivity that I’ve especially enjoyed:
- Alliance of Independent Authors: How to be a productive writer and publisher
- Jenna Kutcher: 5 tips to structure your work day
- Chris Bailey: 10 best productivity apps
- Laura Vanderkam: Think 168 hours, not 24
- Mindful Productivity: Map out your day
With podcasts, as with all other information, we have to guard against consuming endlessly, and never implementing any of our learning. Nonetheless, recently it’s been a huge comfort to me to feel I’m still dabbling in productivity, even when circumstances prevent me doing much “real” work.
Are there any podcasts you’d especially recommend?
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