Podcasts are an indispensable part of my daily routine.
They enable you to continue your business and self-development journeys while tackling the non-business things that need to get done in real life.
Those career-inspiring stories you’ve spent hours reading on your laptop? You can catch those on podcasts. Those writing and marketing posts you’ve been devouring? Yep, there’s a podcast for that.
With over 500,000 podcasts on Apple Podcasts alone, there’s literally a podcast for everybody, in every genre.
Chances are, some of your favorite bloggers and writers have their own podcasts, or at the very least have been interviewed on one.
Another plus? The podcast medium is more flexible, which means those motivational interviews and stories can get really deep.
So while sometimes I’d love to have just another hour or two on the computer, a forced break can be rejuvenating.
Plus, podcasts help me get things done.
While folding laundry, I can learn exactly how to start a freelance writing business.
While whipping up a stir-fry, I can learn ways to overcome fear and self-doubt.
While doing dishes, I can listen to empowering stories of every day people like you and me who’ve pushed past great obstacles to create the lives they love.
When I’m cooking or cleaning, I like to connect my phone or iPad to this portable bluetooth speaker. That way I can hear the podcast over the sounds of cooking (or my kids) and, if needed, carry the speaker with me from room to room.
What’s more, when I return to my computer, I can resume my work with a feeling of accomplishment and a freer conscience.
I use travel time for self-development as well.
I’m in my car for about an hour a day. If I’m driving alone or just waiting for my kids, I’ll look for podcasts that address my specific needs or worries at the time, whether it be online marketing, social media, or help with SEO.
If I’m in my car, I’ll put my phone on speaker and place it in the cupholder or on the console so I can listen hands-free. Some people like to pair their phones to their cars via Bluetooth so they can listen through the car speakers.
Cool tip: Don’t have a portable speaker? Try sticking your phone inside a large cup or bowl. While not as good as a speaker, you’ll be amazed at the boost in volume. Placing the phone speaker sound down allows the audio to bounce off the bottom. For other cool DIY speaker tips, read this article from Cnet.com.
Need a break from self-improvement?
Maybe you want to use the time away from the screen to break free from work-related topics or self-development. Maybe you’d like to laugh, listen to sports talk, or find out what’s in the news.
There’s a podcast for that, too.
If you’re new to podcasts or maybe don’t exactly know what’s out there, Concordia University-St. Paul created this really interesting called the The Podcast Explosion. It gives great insight as to the demographics of the listenership, how and why people listen, and what they’re listening to.
But the most important reason I listen to podcasts?
Mindset, pure and simple.
They remind me to embrace growth mindset versus perfection.
They remind me to use failure as a stepping stone.
They remind me that true success means sharing– that rising tides lift all boats.
They remind me that all success stories begin with that first courageous action.
They remind me that everyone is afraid–no one feels they always know what they’re doing.
They remind me that nothing is scarier than a lifetime of regret.
Would you like to try a podcast, but aren’t sure where to start? I created a tab called My Podcast Roll with a list of my favorites.
If you’re already a podcast fan, what are some of your favorites? Recommendations from colleagues are some of the best ways to learn about amazing new resources.
Until next time,
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