The average commute time in the United States is 25.4 minutes. This is probably a conservative estimate if you’re unlucky enough to experience LA traffic, or rely on funky subway schedules from deepest Brooklyn to Ma
nhattan. Every hour of the day is precious when it comes to getting things done, which is why having to sit through a commute can be insufferable.
Rather than tuning out to the same playlist you hear every day, tune into a podcast — specifically about productivity. This list of productivity podcasts will inspire you and give you the tools to start forming better daily habits, so you get more done.
Make the most out of your commute by checking out some of the best productivity podcasts of 2016.
1. The Tim Ferriss Show
The Tim Ferriss Show was the first business/interview podcast to pass 100,000,000 downloads and has made it on the “Best of” annual podcast lists for the past couple years. Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and entrepreneur, who could probably be dubbed King Productivity himself. His podcast takes an analytical approach to productivity. Each episode is an interview with a professional in their field. Past interviewees include Jamie Foxx, Marc Andreessen, Malcom Gladwell, and Amanda Palmer. Tim hears their story and then deconstructs what they have to say to give the listener actionable productivity tips in areas like setting routines, time management, and getting more exercise.
2. Optimal Living Daily
Optimal Living Daily focuses on personal development and minimalism through productivity. Incorporating productive tactics in your day happens one step at a time, which is what this podcast aims to help you with. Recent topics on their show include moments when we are stuck in ruts, how window shopping makes you happier, and digital minimalism, which focuses on the knowledge economy and how you can cultivate your own ability to be distraction free and engage in deep work.
3. The Productivity Show
Asian Efficiency’s The Productivity Show, aptly named, is a podcast about time management in every aspect of your life. This podcast takes everyday tasks and tools and centers them around productivity. On their blog page, episodes are organized into such categories as journaling, family/parenting, getting things done, and scheduling/calendars. Topics covered in recent episodes include strategies for waking up early, mind mapping versus outlining, Mac productivity apps, and discovering personal core values.
4. Beyond the To-Do List
Erik Fisheris a social media examiner, who hosts Beyond the To-Do List. Each episode examines the productivity failures of other people and how they overcame their struggle. Examining failure is essential to growth because it offers the perfect platform to learn from. You’re forced to think about what you shouldn’t do next time. In learning from failure, Fisher will help you choose the right projects, tasks, and goals both in work and in life that will help you move forward in your own journey. Recent topics include networking, resolutions, sleep and remote working.
5. TED Radio Hour
Inspiration is at the heart of TED Radio Hour by NPR. This podcast will give you solutions to old problems, new ways to think and create, as well as cover recent astonishing inventions. TED Talks relate to personal productivity at the smallest scale, and is a great show to listen to when you need that inspiration to keep you moving. Recent topics include compassion, screen time, and finding happiness.
6. The Productivityist Podcast
Host Mike Vardy is a productivity strategist whose podcast aims to help listeners improve time management skills, workflow habits, to-do lists and goals by hearing how professionals in every field apply productivity in their lives. Each of his episodes contains interviews with different business strategists, philosophers, authors and other professionals who offer their own angle on productivity. Recent topics include controlling clutter, alignment, and automation, and getting into the nitty gritty of using Evernote.
7. How I Built This
How I Built This is another NPR that made the top 12 podcasts for 2016 by iTunes. How I Built This shares the stories of extremely successful entrepreneurs and innovators and how they arrived at where they are—how they built their product or brand. It puts stories to the brands we all know and love. Past episodes dive into to the creation stories of Lyft, Warby Parker, Instagram, Patagonia, and Zappos. This podcast will show you exactly how billion dollar brands get made the ideas behind them. It will inspire you to act on your own ideas both personally and professionally.
8. Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod
Hal Elrod is a successful author, speaker, and entrepreneur. Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod is all about empowering and equipping listeners with practical productivity advice. Elrod’s podcast has a more entrepreneurial tone than other general productivity podcasts. His episodes help listeners strategize in their professional lives to find success in their careers. Recent topics include networking, success secrets, and learning practices that will help keep you alert, awake, and ready for each workday.
9. Extreme Productivity with Kevin Kruse
Kevin Kruseis a *New York Times best selling author and entrepreneur. On his podcast, he interviews successful entrepreneurs, self-made millionaires, Olympic athletes and other individuals. Kruse pulls productivity tips from all different kinds of stores and listeners gain insight into how to be more productive in their professional lives. Recent topics include planners vs. notebooks, procrastination, how to get it all done, and team productivity.
10. The Startup Chat
The Startup Chat is hosted by B2B and SaaS gurus Hiten Shah and Steli Efti. They’ll help you cut through the noise when it comes to managing and running a startup by giving you actionable tips and insights into how you can solve common problems. Their chats will help your company boost productivity in your processes and as new hurdles come up every week. Recent topics include how to manage remote teams, customer acquisition tips, sales hiring tips and more.
11. The 5AM Miracle
The 5AM Miracle is a podcast dedicated entirely to dominating your morning before breakfast. I think anyone can agree that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to maintain a healthy work/life balance. This podcast will teach you life long habits and new ways to start your day early and with enthusiasm and energy—yes, even at 5am. Host Jeff Sanders will stock you up with sleep and health productivity tips so you can get the most hours out of your day.
12. The Productive Woman
The Productive Woman podcast is designed specifically for busy women to help them manage their time, lives and stress better. Host Laura McClellen is a writer and lawyer who has always loved connecting with other women in managing their family and professional lives. Recent topics include productivity on your terms, bullet journaling, and life questions like identifying what might be holding you back and turning dreams into goals.
13. The Biz Chix Podcast
Biz Chix is a fun productivity podcast for women who are looking to grow in their professional lives. Their podcast contains interviews with female entrepreneurs (and some men), who share their strategies in work/life balance and their experiences as women in startup culture. They range in having backgrounds from tech to brick and mortar, so there’s productivity advice for every kind of female entrepreneur. Recent topics include designing your high-end offer, launching a business and setting and achieving goals.
14. Young Entrepreneur Lifestyle
The Young Entrepreneur Lifestyle podcast is for young entrepreneurs who reject traditional business models and cultures, and want to do life and business on their own terms. The episodes focus on strategies to help grow and thrive in a career you love, as well as productivity habits to make it happen fast. Recent topics include leadership, idea/goal execution, how to create brand authenticity, and maximizing personal productivity.
15. Coaching for Leaders
This podcast will help you develop productivity habits that also help grow your leadership skills. It has been produced weekly since 2011 and host Dave Stachowiak, who has over a decade of leadership experience, is still bringing in new perspectives all the time. Recent topics include how you can stop rescuing people from their problems, creating mission statements and how they can help you be more productive, and how to motivate people.