Feeling like you’re not quite making the most of your time? What you need is a healthy dose of productivity advice.
We recently published our list of the top most practical productivity blogs. But if you’re not really looking for ever-more reading on the subject, this post will serve you better.
Below are the best productivity podcasts and audiobooks out there. There’s enough productivity advice in these resources to 100x, level up, and whatever else you’re hoping to achieve with your productivity goals.
If you think there are any other resources that we should have included in this list, let us know in the comments!
Are you looking for something to listen to on your commute, or something to keep you company during a walk? These productivity podcasts are the perfect option. Each of these is available on iTunes and via direct streaming from their sites.
Without The Tim Ferriss Show, a list of top productivity podcasts could never be complete. The best-selling author, blogger, and human guinea pig invites the world’s elite onto his show to deconstruct and analyze their success. To tap into the habits, routines, workouts, and rituals that they most rely on.
Past guests have included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx, Matt Mullenweg, Kevin Rose, and Ezra Klein. The list never ends. And with well over 100,000,000 downloads, you’re guaranteed to end each episode with a ton of insights.
We’ve written before about finding your best morning routine, and using technology to hack your mornings. But after listening to The 5 AM Miracle from Jeff Sanders, it’s clear we’ve only scratched the surface.
This is a podcast dedicated (almost) entirely to “dominating your day before breakfast”. That includes improving your sleep, morning workouts, and how to make the most of your otherwise wasted mornings.
Author and serial entrepreneur Kevin Kruse is no stranger to getting things done. His podcast is all about showing you actionable secrets to “10x your productivity while adding at least one extra hour of free time to your day”.
With each episode running between 10–20 minutes, this is a show you can easily stay on top of. The topics focus on short, actionable tips, from beating procrastination, to running productive meetings.
The show’s host, Mike Vardy, is a productivity strategist by trade. It’s hardly a surprise, therefore, that this is one of the most highly recommended productivity podcasts out there.
Each weekly episode is a conversation between Vardy, and a professional who has insight into becoming more productive. Each 30-minute interview focuses on sharing the “tips, tools, tactics, and tricks that are designed to help you take your productivity, time management, goals, to do lists… to new heights”.
Productivity author and coach Erik Fisher talks with “real people who practically implement productivity strategies in their professional and personal lives.”
This includes sharing their failures, as well as successes related to daily productivity. Topics range from inbox zero and deep work, to managing your to do lists and becoming more creative.
A huge proportion of productivity advice out there owes at least some credit to this book. The GTD system has become so successful that it’s spawned an entire ecosystem of devotees, blogs, meetups, and videos. In other words, you’d be well advised to read (or listen) to it, too.
The book takes you through the step-by-step methodology of organizing your life. It’s premise is that “our ability to be productive is directly proportional to our ability to relax”. The entire exercise is therefore aimed at getting everything out of your mind, and placed in a robust, reliable system.
The Extreme Productivity podcast (mentioned above) is essentially a distillation of this book. But we definitely recommend reading it in its entirety.
As a presentation of Kruse’s findings from interviewing ultra-productive people, there’s a wealth of wisdom in its pages. In it, you’ll find the tips and strategies of successful people including Lewis Howes, Mark Cuban, James Altucher, and Grant Cardone.
In the first half of the book, Newport argues that in this world of distraction, the ability to concentrate long and hard on difficult work is a rarity. And this makes deep work more valuable than ever. The second half offers masses of practical advice on how you can develop the capacity for more sustained, deep work. This, he says, will lead to professional advancement, and more fulfillment in your career.
Brian Tracy’s hypothesis is that the “true secret of high achievers is that they know how to find their focal point”. Basically, they know how to focus their energies for maximum return.
The book then sets out how listeners can do this too. Tracy puts forward a step-by-step process to help listeners develop “complete clarity” about what they want to achieve, and to create a plan on how to get there.
Manage Your Day-to-Day is aimed at people who are feeling overwhelmed, and completely disorganized. It offers “a toolkit for tackling the challenges of a 24/7, always-on workplace”.
The focus is on developing habits and routines that work, removing distractions, and finding the time to do important work. Although the narration isn’t the best, the content is very highly rated.
What Have We Missed?
No doubt this list will give you an endless supply of productivity advice. Just be sure to actually make use of what’s relevant to you, rather than simply consuming all this info without acting on it. That’s something we’re all guilty of.
There are, of course, plenty of other great productivity podcasts and audiobooks out there, too. But this is a list of the best I’ve come across — so please, to help us make this an even more valuable resource!
Let us know which other productivity resources you think we should have mentioned in this article by leaving a comment below!