Productivity Podcasts


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Like many people, I spend too much time commuting to work – I’ve made a decision to focus on the quality of my family’s life, and that meant moving to a place where jobs in my field are over a hill. I choose to make the most of my time, and podcasts became my media of choice for those longer commutes. While entertainment podcasts make s I listen to several podcasts focused on productivity and wanted to share them with you:


Jocko Podcast – A no-nonsense primer to hard work and discipline as the key to getting what you want. Along with his co-host Echo Charles, Jocko Willink relates his time leading SEAL teams, working as a motivational speaker and organizational consultant with excerpts from books on warfare and leadership and interviews with great leaders and men. His own books, Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, and Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual summarize his leadership and motivational style.

Tim Ferriss – Tim Ferriss has been a net.personality for some time, starting with his 2009 book,The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, and following up with The 4-Hour Body in 2010 and The 4-Hour Chef in 2012. His most recent books, Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World, and Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers call on his podcast guests, ranging from  Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx, Edward Norton, Tony Robbins, Maria Popova, Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen, Amanda Palmer, Malcolm Gladwell, Vince Vaughn, Rick Rubin, Reid Hoffman, Jon Favreau, Whitney Cummings, Mike Shinoda, and 200+ more.

Beyond the To-Do list – Beyond The To-Do List is another great podcast focusing on productivity, personal development and work-life balance. BTTDL has weekly guests discussing these topics and more.

Getting Things Done -The podcast from David Allen, the writer who changed my productivity strategy with his book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. David’s ideas regarding workflow, capturing and getting things out of your head and into a system worked for me. The system works whether you capture information in a Hipster PDA, journal, 3-ring binder, tickler file, spiral notebook or electronic system.

The GaryVee Audio Experience – Gary Vaynerchuk is a phenomenom — part entrepreneur, part cultural/brand icon, and all hustle. He’s an inspiration to never give up, to change, adapt, and above all, hustle. He’s written two books and expanded his podcast.

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