30 Days of Podcasts | Tips & Benefits

I finished a 30 day challenge.

I committed to finishing one podcast episode a day.

Give it a try if you want to extract more value out of your minutes.

If you’re like me then your day can fill up with walking, commuting and errands.

Why not make these routine minutes extra productive by listening to an educational or inspirational podcast?

With the hot morning sun beating my neck, sweat dripping down my face, I reach into my front pocket and pull out my iPhone and headphones.

I tap the podcast app.

And then scroll to see what episodes were downloaded during the night from my list of favorite podcasts:

1. Tim Ferriss Show

Like me, he’s interested in the practical side of everything. He looks for the tactics and hacks top performers use on a regular basis. He has been known to drink too much wine before pressing record.

2. T.E.D. Radio Hour

An episode centers around a topic, like life longevity, and weaves TED Talks and off-stage interviews with TED speakers to offer an in-depth analysis.

3. This American Life

Is about real life American stories that often warm my heart and make me laugh. In the last episode a high schooler kidnaps his girlfriend, concealing his identity with a Russian accent, and then saves her, using his Batman voice, all as an elaborate gesture to ask her to the high school dance.

4. Hardcore History

The episodes gets into real depth. My favorite episodes were on Genghis Khan’s brutal rise from the dessert to world domination.

The Greatest Happiness is to scatter your enemy and drive him before you. To see his cities reduced to ashes. To see those who love him shrouded and in tears. And to gather to your bosom his wives and daughters. — Genghis Khan

I tap play on the episode I’m in the mood for and then tap the skip 15 sec button about 5x to get through the ads and into the meat of the topic.

If you were to walk by me at this point, you may see my face contoured into deep thought or hear me burst into laughter, and probably think WTF is he on?!

Upon arriving to my destination, I’ll continue listening to the podcast as I get myself situated.

I’ll then pull out my headphones, which automatically stops the episode, and plug them into my computer to start listening to music as I begin my work — writing, coding, promoting, etc…

If I found the episode particularly insightful or inspirational I may jot down a few takeaways for future reference.

For example…

Tim Ferriss Ep. #221:
“The more voluntary suffering you build into your life, the less involuntary suffering will affect your life.‬”
Read The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
“You only need twenty-five times your annual spending to retire forever.”

I’ll then delete the episode to make room for new episodes and to get a sense of accomplishment.

Podcasts are perfect for those times where I have enough mental bandwidth to partially ponder, but not enough to fully immerse.

It’s that middle ground between music and video.

Give this challenge a try by clicking the caption below; You’ll be taken to a web app where you can start tracking the challenge.

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Anthony Galli is the creator of Live to Challenge. He is a 26 year old American living out of a backpack as he travels the world (current location: Southeast Asia). He fancies himself an entrepreneurial, libertarian, human guinea pig bent on making a dent in the universe (why he chooses to speak in the third person no one knows).