When I was young I had this glorious vision for myself, that when I grow up I would be this amazingly tall, well proportioned, suit wearing adult who will be contributing to the society in a “very important job”; I would dazzle everyone with my wit and humour at any gathering and thought as an adult I would be great at everything including having a clean and super organized home!
I have entered my thirties, I have a 1-year-old daughter and I am still waiting for that magical transformation!
Looking back I understand what that ridiculous aspiration was about- I was scared if I was asked to clean my room and to do chores around my home. I used to run away at the mention of any cleaning, thinking I would obviously do it at a later point of time. I innocently thought I would become perfect once I became an adult.
How Podcasts changed my life drastically
After the long wait for that magical lightning to strike me, I got scared once I had my baby in my hands and had to come home with my husband who till date believes that if he ignores his shoes they will get picked up and put in place by the magical elf of the house.
So I started panicking and decided it was high time that I took things into my hands and looked to the internet for help. And surprisingly one thing led to another and I came across this whole new niche market of motivational blogs, videos and finally Podcasts!
I finally had access to content that could inspire me, give me the knowledge with which I could develop new skills and better old skills, and all these while multitasking.
Great Time pass
It not only helps pass the time comfortably while doing daily chores but also when I am very tired and low on motivation to do even the basic stuff around the house, it really helps to listen to people telling you that you can do it!
There are Podcasts for all genres like storytelling, health, home organization tips, personality development, education, sports, news e.t.c.
It’s like having your own personal cheer squad
Whenever I am confused or low on motivation levels or highly emotional, I just have to search for an appropriate podcast episode to listen to.
Breaking your limits
Podcasts have even helped me get out of my comfort zone. I have always wanted to write since childhood, but the voices in my head told me it was ridiculous to even try. Listening to different podcasters and their struggles made me finally break out of my shell.
Finally to quiet down the incessant chatter in my head. Sometimes I just need to stop dwelling on certain thought patterns and forcibly change my line of thinking. For that to happen I need to catch myself and quiet my inner incessant chatter. So some mindless listening to Podcast has great benefits too.
I feel smarter!
There is so much information in these podcasts that after listening to even one episode I feel like I have spent my time usefully and have gained a better perspective about a topic.
I feel listening to podcasts is a very personal journey for each person, and one person’s reason will vary from the next one. So until you try it out my reasons might not be enough for you to give it a try. What a conundrum!
What is a Podcast?
This section is for people who are new to podcasts, else please skip to the list below.
Podcasts work somewhat like how Youtube works; you pre-record videos on a certain topic and post them on your Youtube channel and your subscribers get to watch them at their own leisure time. Podcasts are basically audio based recordings, recorded and posted on various platforms by the podcaster and again subscribers can listen to them at their own leisure. Podcasts are basically on-demand (available at any time that someone wants or needs) Internet radio.
How do I listen to them?
I listen to them on my mobile, Ipad and Laptop. Most of the digital devices will have the option of downloading podcast apps (there are many different apps which will support listening to podcasts) and then you can search for shows which you like and listen to them on the go.
Few famous podcast apps that I like are:
- Google Podcast
- Pocket cast
If you want to learn more about listening to Podcasts or recording your own podcasts, check out this article here.
So here is my personal favourite list of podcasts that have been there throughout my journey of personal transformation.
My daily dose of positivity
” We hand-pick and read you the best content on personal development, minimalism, finance, health, business, and more with author permission. Think of Optimal Living Daily as an audio blog or blogcast where the best blogs are narrated to you for free. Inspire positive changes in your life on the go. “
It has become my ritual to start most of my days with this podcast. I can’t explain how good and satisfying it is to listen to good blogs early in the day and it kind of sets me for the day.
“The Mindful Kind, hosted by Rachael Kable, shares exciting insights into mindfulness journeys and provides listeners with simple and effective practices to incorporate into their own lives.”
Ooh her voice! Ooh her accent! Whenever I listen to her podcasts I feel myself melting away. I somehow find myself revisiting her certain episodes to soothe my troubled mind. In this world of so overly exciting and too many negative media stories, one cannot have enough of positive shows like this.
” Tiny Leaps, Big Changes is a personal development podcast focused on exploring the day-to-day behaviours we all engage in that determine the results we gain in our lives. Hosted by Gregg Clunis, the show shares simple strategies you can implement into your life to start moving the needle towards your biggest goals. “
A big favourite of mine! His episodes are bite-sized but man do they pack a punch! Whenever I am in need of some adrenaline rush, I turn to this guy’s episodes. For some reason, the episodes have a profound effect on me and I just really want to grow and change.
” Inspiration and motivation to help simplify your home, time, to-dos, health, relationships, and emotional well-being. Each episode gives you practical tips and resources that you can implement today to find balance in your everyday life to become happier and healthier once and for all.”
Anytime I am in need of a dose of healthy motivation to do a big project around my home, her episodes are my saviour. Her episodes are simple and the techniques that she suggests are really well researched and practical. I have tried her techniques to reduce weight, organize certain parts of my life and even has helped me get out of my fear of unknown.
” Want to work smarter, not harder? Here’s how to do it. Join Stever Robbins, author of “Get-It-Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More,” each week as he provides inventive productivity and organization tips to transform even the most overwhelmed person into an overachiever. “
It is a new podcast I am listening to currently. This show is a must for every lady or gentleman who is currently working as an employee or employer, as it covers so many aspects of everyone’s daily work life and how to thrive. Though I am currently my own boss at home, I still find many of his episodes helpful. His suggestions can be applied to managing my everyday lifestyle. And productivity obviously is not limited to the workplace only!
” Organize, Declutter, Clean and Transform your Home from “Cluttered” to “Clean” with these easy Organizing Tips! “
This lady is my “Guru”! I just can’t stop raving about her enough (to my husband obviously!). She taught me most of my home organizing ideas and techniques through her Youtube channel. And when I realised that she had her own podcast I just had to subscribe! There was a crazy fangirling period where I used to fall asleep to her voice every night because the next day I was pumped up to take the garbage out immediately, put away everything back to its place and make my home more organized.
” Hi, I’m Claire Tompkins. As a professional organizer and clutter coach, my mission is to create organizing schemes that work for you, so you can get organized and stay that way. The cookie-cutter approach just isn’t effective. The trick is to keep it simple. Have systems that don’t require constant maintenance. Make it easy to put stuff away. Surround yourself with just what you need and love.”
Another lady who I highly respect and follow when it comes to organizing my home. If you love organizing your home or have difficulty keeping your home organized then her tips and tricks are really handy.
Improving your Grey matter
” Kwik Brain is a fun, fast-paced show designed to help busy people learn and achieve anything in a fraction of the time! Your coach, Jim Kwik (his real name), is the brain & memory trainer to elite mental performers, including many of the world’s leading CEO’s and celebrities. In this easy to digest bite-sized podcast, you will discover Kwik’s favourite shortcuts to read faster, remember more, and ‘supercharge’ your greatest wealth-building asset: your brain.”
I wish I had known him back when I in school. His techniques and tips are good and you will see yourself actually remembering things better. I listen to him when I want to make myself feel a little smarter. His episodes are fun and without unnecessary fluff
“This mastery session will provide profound insights + powerful daily tools so you work at world-class and craft a personal life that you’ll be proud of at the end. “
Everyone knows the Monk who sold his Ferrari. So it will not come across as a surprise when I tell you that his podcasts are very soothing to the soul. He is all about living life holistically and building new perspectives. Do give him a try if you liked his book.
” Discover the hidden side of everything with Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books. Each week, Freakonomics Radio tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything. “
Oh! I am such a huge fan of the Freakonomics series. Their Podcast episodes are a little too long for my taste and time but I still feel very satisfied and accomplished listening to their show. They are so well researched and provide such out of the world content that the length of the show is justified.
” Your one-stop-shop for all things confidence, this is the show that inspires personal momentum in every aspect of health, business and life so that you can literally conquer life with confidence and courage. Blackwell is the original Confidence Coach in the field of personal development and will help you finish what you start. “
In simple words whenever I feel insecure and probably inferior to my surroundings I return to her episodes. Again these episodes are quite long but you don’t need to listen to an entire episode to feel better and have a work plan for your personal issues at your hand.
” Each episode addresses a reader’s parenting issue through the lens of Janet’s respectful parenting philosophy. Her work informs, inspires, and supports caregivers of infants and toddlers across the globe, helping to create relationships of respect, trust, and love.
I started this podcast because of her book “No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline without Shame“. This podcast is a must for every parent out there. Dealing with toddlers or being constantly conscious of our actions as parents is not easy. Listening to her episodes reminds me of my priorities and puts things in a better perspective. Her parenting techniques have helped so many families around the globe. If you have time, do give her book a try.
There are so many other categories and I can keep on going but the above categories are what I am currently going to stick to as a starter’s list. In the future, I will update this space with more interesting categories.
Let me know in comments if you listen to podcasts and what are your favourite shows.