Reading and learning new skills can be difficult when most of your time is devoted to freelancing. There’s just not enough hours in the day to get work done and sometimes it can even be debilitating.
Fortunately, you can listen to podcasts to learn what experts have to say about different topics, from breaking news to work productivity. Simply plug in your headphones and continue to work away while you listen to some great motivational advice.
There are thousands of podcasts available on the Apple Podcast store (and also on Spotify), but I’ve selected just 7 to get you through the day.
The Tim Ferriss Show is currently ranked #1 for business podcasts on the Apple Charts, and rightfully so. Each episode has provided a dose of something inspirational and insightful, from experiments in happiness and creativity to education and accelerated learning.
Along the way, guests like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx, Edward Norton, Tony Robbins, Maria Popova, Rick Rubin have graced the guest spots with their presence.
Who doesn’t love a good TED Talk? I used to spend countless lunches looking up random TED Talks on their website, but now I can get my daily TED fix with the NPR TED Radio Hour.
Find something new to learn every day- such as “Why We Hate”, or “The Person You Become”, or even something more scientific like “How Do Pheromones Really Work”. You’ll definitely find something worth your time, and worth learning.
Popular episode: 7 Deadly Sins
Unfortunately, This Is Your Life stopped posting new episodes, but the good news is that the team behind the podcast are still producing great content on how to succeed at work Lead to Win.
This is Your Life still has their past episodes available for download, with discussions on wowing your customers and achieving a work-life balance. The new podcast has a few gems too, like taking the stress out of business travel.
Oh, and Michael Hyatt has that smooth, calming voice fit for radio.
Popular Episode (Lead to Win): #001 4 Practices to Become a Self-Aware Leader
I once asked a close friend how she managed to stay so calm and organized despite the hectic nature of her job. She told me she was a minimalist, someone who believed less is more, that getting rid of some material objects was the key to a more meaningful life.
Naturally, I shot it down as some cultish, new wave philosophy, but over time she got me to listen to The Minimalists, and it’s a refreshing take on life.
Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus speak in a casual way about more than just minimalism: including school, parents, and food. One episode may be enough to start looking at your own life differently.
Popular Episode: Podcast 056 | Clothing
So many productivity podcasts, so little time. Many of them give you tips on how to do more productive work, but few actually transform your overall habits to become a more productive person.
The Productivityist falls in the latter category. Hosted by Mike Vardy (creator of TimeCrafting), Productivityist has been featured on Fast Company, Lifehacker, and the Huffington Post for productivity guidance that actually leads to some results.
Popular Episode: Controlling the Clutter with Claire Tompkins
As the title suggests, Beyond the To-Do List is about more than doing things, but getting the most out of your work and home life simultaneously.
Host Erik Fisher does a great job of conversing with industry thought leaders, finding inspiration from their successes as well as learning from their failures. Learn the secrets of creativity, the future of remote working, and how to organize your life.
Creatives are all too familiar with what it feels like to feel productively paralyzed. Whether it’s writer’s block or the sting of criticism, there’s something about being a creative that can drain your motivation at any given moment.
Thankfully, The Accidental Creative Podcast was created. Every week, Todd Henry discusses some of the aspects that enhance creativity, or the challenges faced by creatives.
Popular Episode: Staying Creatively Supercharged
It wasn’t easy choosing only 7 podcasts out of the lists of great and useful podcasts out there, but I went for a diverse range–a little bit of something for everyone.
Just keep in mind that it’s not enough to just listen to the lessons in a podcast, you have to go out there and make it happen, create change in your habits, and actively practice what you learn.
Think I left any great podcasts out? Send me a message and let me know!
Leo Herrera is a freelance writer based in Chicago, IL. His writing has been featured in Profile, Chicago Mag, Buffer, and more. When he’s not writing, Leo spends his time designing video games, producing music, and working on short films.