If there’s one word you’ve probably heard again and again over the last decade, it’s ‘podcast’. But what exactly is a podcast? For those new to the concept, podcasts are a series of audio files available online, with most set up like a TV or radio show (with some featuring special guests), presented in seasons or episodes focusing on different topics.

Since the success of Serial (an investigative journalism podcast) in 2014, which attracted listeners the likes of supermodel Tyra Banks and Ross Duffer (writer and producer of Netflix series Stranger Things), podcasts have increased in popularity. This is especially so with an endless list of benefits from listening to productivity podcasts.

Perhaps the most obvious one is how accessible podcasts are.  There is a variety of apps you can use to subscribe to the series you like, such as Overcast, Pocket Casts, and even Spotify. The content can also be synced across all your devices, such as phones, iPad and desktop. And unlike ebooks, you don’t have to keep your eyes glued to your mobile device. You can simply stream the episode and listen to it while doing chores or driving to work.

Whether you’re trying to make the most use of your time or become a master of networking, check out these productivity podcasts to listen to on your morning commute to work — especially when you need advice on dominating your to-do lists, maximising your time, or being a better leader.

After all, Dalai Lama once said, “When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.”

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Extreme Productivity with Kevin Kruse

Extreme Productivity by New York Times bestselling author Kevin Kruse gives insight on uncovering the secret to productivity while maintaining a sense of peace and balance. Each 15-minute show is based on advice gained from his interviews with highly successful people (including billionaires, Olympic athletes, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs) on how to double productivity without feeling overworked and overwhelmed.

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Beyond the To-Do list

This award-nominated podcast is hosted by Erik Fisher, a speaker, coach and bestselling author known for books like Focus Booster: Have More Clarity Make Better Decisions Live A Better Life and Ready Aim Fire!: A Practical Guide To Setting And Achieving Goals (Beyond The To Do List Book 1). In this series, Fisher features secrets from productive people who reveal their habits, routines, and best tips to complete good work and balance one’s life.

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The Tim Ferriss Show

While this podcast by the entrepreneur and author famous for self-help book The 4-Hour Workweek is targeted towards those in the business world, it also touches on the topics of hacking your body, mind and productivity.

These two-hour long episodes feature advice from the world’s top performers on how they get things done, what motivates them, and how they’ve managed to climb to the top. Tim Ferriss’ list of illustrious guests includes Tony Robbins, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Reid Hoffman, and Jamie Foxx, who reveals their tactics and techniques, routines and favourite books.

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This Is Your Life by Michael Hyatt

Leadership mentor and New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt’s podcast is dedicated to intentional leadership. According to Hyatt, his goal is to teach people, based on his own experiences, on how to live more passionately, balance life and work, do everything more efficiently, and the way to lead with extraordinary influence.

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Self Made Man

Hosted by Mike Dillard, the Self Made Man covers insights from some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. Each episode has features ranging from marketing or productivity-focused content to health and fitness — perfect for the self-made man (or lady).

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The 5 AM Miracle by Jeff Sanders

The 5 AM Miracle is a podcast dedicated to dominating your day before breakfast. The podcast features guest speakers such as actress Stephanie Gibson and Deepak Chopra, who will give tips on starting each day with enthusiasm, creating powerful lifelong habits and tackling your goals with extraordinary energy. Whether you’re looking to develop new morning habits or simply need motivation to get up in the morning, this is a great podcast to listen to.

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Dewi Nurjuwita
Senior Writer
Dewi Nurjuwita is a travel and design writer who can be found exploring the streets of foreign cities with passport in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.