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Motivational Podcasts To Listen To At Work

If your work generally consists of you sitting at your desk or you have a job where you can ‘switch off’ for a bit even while doing tasks, sometimes it can be extremely difficult to make the time go by, no matter how much you might wish it to. In fact, we think in those cases time tends to slow down.

Even at the most interesting and fun of jobs, you’re more likely than not to get into a rut every now and then, and finding the discipline and motivation to carry on with the task at hand can be next to impossible. We’ve all been there.

And these ruts always seem to come about when we need to focus the most. Just before a big presentation, the board meeting, or that upcoming annual review. 

In those instances, sometimes you need a little extra pick-me-up, and we think that having some auditory motivation while you work will do just the trick. You’ve probably watched a TED talk or two before, whenever you’ve felt utterly uninspired and needed some encouraging words or experiences.

Motivational podcasts are the audio version of that, and with so many podcasts on spotify to choose from, it’s beyond easy to incorporate these into your everyday routine. On your way to work, while you’re at your desk, and even on your breaks. They might be just the extra motivation you need to get back into your zone, find your passion once again, and thrive within your field of work.

If you’re unsure about which podcasts to get started with, here are some of our top recommendations for you, so keep reading below.

1. The Michelle Obama Podcast

Even without listening to the podcast, is there really anyone more inspiring and motivating than Michelle Obama? A perfect combination of informative, humorous, and inspiring, Michelle Obama’s conversations with those around her serve as a great reminder to foster amazing relationships with one another as they shape who we are as people throughout our lives.

With episodes featuring her husband, Barack Obama, as well as colleagues and friends, Michelle Obama really covers a range of people, but the main point always comes back to one: how will this help you grow as an individual?

2. TED Talks Daily

As we mentioned before, there’s nothing like watching a good TED talk on YouTube every once in a while when you’re hit with a wave of imposter syndrome or you feel like you’ve lost your purpose or spark in life.

Well, lucky for you, these now come in bite-size podcast form for you to listen to on the go while you’re at work! Coming in at a maximum of 18 minutes, TED Talks Daily will be sure to keep you engaged and interested, with such a wide variety of topics being covered on a daily basis that, if nothing else, you can be sure that your general knowledge will at the very least be expanded.

And more recently, TED has even launched a sports podcast that focuses on how to conquer your fears, amongst other topics. So, if you’re someone who might understand or connect better through sports anecdotes, then it’s worth checking it out!


3. Optimal Living Daily

As humans, we’re always looking to optimize and perfect every aspect of our lives whether that be at home or at work. As the name suggests, Optimal Living Daily works on trying to do just that, but by tackling one thing at a time. The podcast features a range of categories, from health and relationships to productivity tips to implement into your daily lives and more.

For some people, one of the biggest sources of motivation comes from the concept of self-improvement, meaning to work and strive to improve yourself, which will ultimately lead to a blissful, content, and happy life. Having a podcast that gently directs you on how to do just that can be extremely motivating.


4. Good Life Project

Following on from the last podcast, you can guess what the Good Life Project is all about. This one focuses on all the different life experiences that various people have had as the host Jonathan Fields interviews guests trying to answer one fundamental question: how can you live a good life?

With so many different people from all walks of life and with a variety of backgrounds, no two experiences will ever be the same, and therefore, each piece of advice received on the podcast will never sound repetitive or done over.

Rather, each will bring a fresh new perspective to the table and you can pick and choose what you wish to implement within your own daily life and turn it into the best version of a good life possible.

5. Ten Percent Happier

You may have previously heard of the app that shares the same names as the podcast, and it really is two things that share the same purpose: to use tangible meditative practices shared by experts in the field, and implement them into our own daily lives to overcome some of the biggest barriers we face that stop us from reaching our full potential.

Talking about topics such as social anxiety, creativity, and productivity, the podcast explores how to maintain the skill of happiness and remain optimistic that it can happen for you as well.

With in-depth interviews with the Dalai Lama, Dan Harris uncovers what it truly means to be happy and how to achieve it yourself. As with any skill that you learn, it can be trained, honed, and strengthened, ensuring that you are ten percent happier each time you grow.

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