When I worked an office job and drove all over the DC metro area for my in-home party business, I spent hours in my car. I loved the quiet time to myself. I listened to audiobooks and tons and tons of podcasts. This was before affordable digital media players. I carefully downloaded the podcasts from iTunes and burned them to a rewritable CD. I was serious about my podcasts!
Luckily, now I can just download them to my smartphone or listen to my favorite podcasts on the go with Stitcher app. Audible (affiliate link) is my favorite way to carry audiobooks on the go. Now, I listen to most of my podcasts at my desk in my home office I share with the laundry area and kitchen. They’re great for when I edit photos or washing dishes.
I thought I’d share some of my favorite podcasts. Some of them are business/work related, but I also listen to shows about creativity and pop culture..
Podcasts for Work at Home Moms
Unmistakable Creative is hands down the one I listen to religiously. Host Srini Rao redefines creativity by interviewing people from many different disciplines. We normally associate creativity with art or writing, but Srini believes that creativity comes in many forms. Which I firmly believe, too. Recent notable interviews: Austin Kleon discusses why he didn’t go to grad school, Jerry Kolber on reality tv, and Carrie Barron’s scientific steps through happiness.
The Accidental Creative: see a theme here? These podcasts are short and sweet. Each episode is jammed packed with productivity and balance tips. If you’re short on time or a short drive to school pick up, this is a good one to subscribe to. Todd Henry’s podcasts are usually 25 minute or less. Recent notable topics: procrastinating on purpose, power of small actions and daily practices.
There is some overlap of guests on these shows, but they discuss different topics so it’s worth listening to both.
Rainmaker FM is a niche podcast for those in who have online businesses. There’s good tips about content marketing and some technical things. It’s not a good fit for everyone. I don’t listen to every episode but there’s good tips.
The Dinner Party Download: Since I spend so much time alone at my desk, this podcast keeps me informed about current food and culture. It definitely lives up to its promise to “to help you dazzle your friends at this weekend’s get-together.” No more talking about the weather or what foods your kids currently won’t eat at your next girls night out.
The Culture Gabfest from Slate: If I had friends who loved the same books, movies, and tv shows I did, it could totally be an episode of The Culture Gabfest. Super smart, witty, and entertaining discussion about everything I don’t have time to watch or read. This is work related for me because I enjoy the book discussions. It also keeps me updated on popular television shows and movies that my friends discuss on Facebook. I can stay in the know.
America’s Test Kitchen Radio is almost as good as their cooking show. I only say that because you can’t see how amazing the food is in a podcast. Editor Chris Kimball discusses trends in cooking, food, and gadgets. The show is geared towards home cooks so the tips and recipes are very accessible.
I’m always trying out new podcasts, but these are the 6 that I listen to regularly. I don’t have time for much more than these. I wish I did.
What are some of your favorite podcasts?