Whilst remote working, there are a number of different methods you can take to ensure you keep motivation levels high and remain productive. One of the most effective methods to achieve this is by listening to a podcast. Research from ABC finance has shown that some interesting COVID-19 findings. A quarter (that’s 25 per cent) of employees are now listening to podcasts whilst working at home and seeing the benefits.
Google has also noticed a rise in the podcast trend, with search results increasing by up to 90%. Yet, with so much choice out there you don’t want to waste your time searching for the best remote podcast (hardly productive…)
So we have done the hard work for you! Check out our best podcasts pick to help you make it through the remote working week.
Best podcast for inspiration: Outside The Valley
This podcast is a great place to start for those new to the remote working world, or those looking for inspirational tales on how to do it right. Told through a series of interviews with everyone from remote startup leaders and remote work advocates, to innovative CEOs. The stories shared on this podcast really help to shed light on remote working. On what works and what doesn’t whilst providing listeners with useful tips.
Got a particular remote working challenge you are struggling to overcome? Chances are one of these thought leaders or remote work entrepreneurs has already overcome them and can help! Learn how to increase productivity, manage communication and more.
Best podcast for remote working insight: Distributed, with Matt Mullenweg
Cofounder of CMS titan WordPress and CEO of Automatic, Matt Mullenweg’s ‘Distributed’ podcast explores the future of remote working with this insightful podcast. Episodes include interviews with professionals who are noteworthy in championing remote work such as Science of People founder, Vanessa Van Edwards, as well as leadership coach Leo Widrich.
Topics discuss everything from emotional wellness for distributed workers to the benefits and challenges of distributed work. We particularly like the stories about how recruiting talented people from across the globe has had a dynamic impact on businesses. And Matt himself? Well he successfully built his company with employees scattered across 68 countries, so is a great ambassador for remote working and how it can be done well!
Best podcast for positivity: The Happiness Lab
Are you using your time in self-isolation for reflection? Are you considering what about your remote working situation makes you happy, or doesn’t? ‘The Happiness Lab’ a podcast hosted by Dr Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University cleverly uses evidence-based science to provide tips on how to lead a more contented life.
Need to manage panic and anxiety, or you’re feeling isolated? Recent episodes provide effective coping strategies to ease negative feelings you may have. Better yet it provides an insight into how to find contentment and peace of mind within your work.
Best podcast to stay active: Twenty Minute Fitness
Keeping your body active is just as essential as keeping your brain active, so when it’s time to step away from your desk, use Twenty Minutes Fitness to get started. Produced by world famous fitness & wellness brand Shape, it’s a podcast that features helpful advice on everything from nutrition and digital health.
We like that each episode is devised as a 20 min session with either an athlete or expert in specific health fields. These include yoga, behavioural response and nutrition. Research has proven that remote workers who look after their fitness and diet are more productive. Twenty Minutes Fitness is the perfect encouragement for those who have room for improvement!
Make being active and eating well a part of your remote working routine. It’s sure to contribute towards a more positive remote working life going forward.
Best podcast to manage stress levels: The Daily Meditation Podcast
Stress and anxiety can be just as prevalent in the remote working world when compared to going into the office. Especially during COVID-19 when our lives are so disrupted. Make sure you keep any negative emotions at bay. Look after your mental health by listening to the daily meditation podcast daily. With over 300 episodes and new ones added everyday, it’s more like your own personal library of meditations than a podcast.
Listeners can use the episodes to explore new themes each week. Or base a session on a particular emotion they would like to address. They also offer different daily meditation techniques to manage stress triggers and put you in touch with the present moment.
An added bonus? Research shows that starting your remote work day with exercise and a good breakfast helps one to be more productive, but it’s also a great time to explore meditation. Why not listen to the Daily Meditation Podcast tomorrow morning after your daily cereal and see if it makes you more centered and focused on the day? Starting the day stress-free with a positive attitude is one of the most powerful tools available for having a productive, working week.
Best podcast for dealing with remote work challenges: Remote Works
‘Remote Works’ is a podcast hosted by Jonathan Sharp (a remote worker himself since 2008). It takes a more personal look at what it means to be location independent. Rather than focusing on productivity or tools to make remote working successful, he looks at the ‘ins and outs’ of remote working.
From the challenges faced, to how it effects close relationships, he shares his own personal stories. The podcast also features a host of other digital nomads, freelancers, and remote company owners. One to listen to as a reminder we are all in this together!
Best podcast to learn from failures: How To Fail With Elizabeth Day
Having one of those days where everything is going wrong? Maybe your Zoom work call has been interrupted countless times or you can’t get to the bottom of a tricky project? Rather than dwell on this, learn to put failure into perspective and view in a more positive light. ‘How to fail’ with Elizabeth Day explores these failures by each week featuring a guest who talks in depth about what they have learnt from challenging situations and how these have enabled them to succeed.
Each episode is extremely topical, with recent additions focusing on coping with Coronavirus anxiety, and what we can learn from the pandemic. A surprisingly relaxing listen that helps put situations into perspective. It reminds us to be grateful for continuing to have the opportunity to work remotely.
Best podcast for work/life balance: WorkLife with Adam Grant
Did you know on average you spend a quarter of your life working? So it should be something to celebrate! Organizational psychologist Adam Grant helps achieve this through his podcast ‘Worklife.’ The minds of some of the world’s most powerful professionals are explored here. He aims to demonstrate how one can have a better work life balance – whether working in a more traditional format or remotely.
This includes advice on how to love your rivals. As well as deal with competition (something heightened in the remote world) to harnessing the power of frustration. Follow his tips and see if you can make the distinction between your ‘work’ and ‘home’ life. Even when working from your home!
Best podcast for productivity: The New Corner Office with Laura Vanderkam
We love author and speaker Laura Vanderkam ‘The New Corner Office’ podcast for quick, no nonsense advice. Laura is known for hosting a podcast which focuses on time management in a more traditional office setting. Her latest podcast is designed to address the remote working world. Even before COVID-19, more and more people are working from home. But for those new to it, it’s a chance to gain some guidance around this new way of working.
Delivered in short bites, Laura covers everything from how to use your screen time strategically to how to schedule meetings productively. Five mins of these podcasts a week and you’ll become a much more effective remote worker than you even realised possible!
What best podcasts do you like to listen to when remote working? And what makes you a more productive worker? We would love to hear from you!