May 17, 2018 · 18 min read

It can be difficult to increase your health, wealth, and wisdom when your lifestyle feels borderline chaotic. That’s why our team at The Mission has compiled this list of our favorite productivity podcasts. These 40 shows are sure to motivate and inspire you to get creative, take action, and — most importantly — get organized!

The Mission Daily

The Mission Daily is a podcast dedicated to accelerated learning and helping you become healthier, wealthier, and wiser.

The world is changing faster than ever. Researchers estimate that technology and automation will replace half of existing jobs over the next decade. Crazy dictators are trying to start wars, there’s poverty, suffering… Humanity isn’t a multi-planetary species yet…

It seems like there have never been more challenges facing humanity.

So how can we evolve, escape, and overcome?!?

Learn. As fast as we can.

That’s what this podcast is here to help you do.

Subscribe to The Mission Daily today, and we guarantee you’ll see positive improvements in your life!

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Episode 12: Four Ways to Build and Upgrade Your Habits -

Habits… How are they powerful? How are they dangerous?

Intuitively, we know that your habits are the only things standing between you and everything you want in life. But in practice, doing the work necessary to upgrade your habits isn’t easy. In fact, it might be one of the most difficult battles you’ll ever fight. We’ve found four principles to help you effectively build and upgrade you habits. Tune in to learn what those principles are and how to apply them!

a16z Podcast

“As software eats the world” a16z discusses industry trends, emerging tech, new brands, and evolving culture. If you want to stay on top of the news that really matters, then this is a podcast you must check out.

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Platforming the Future -

Transformative change and disruption come standard in the tech community these days. Even though history may not repeat, it certainly does rhyme. In this podcast episode, you have a thoughtful VC from Andreessen Horowitz, Benedict Evans, chopping it up with Tim O'Reilly, who founded O’Reilly Media. Together, they talk about “technologies that are perhaps more transformative than any we’ve seen before — and how we think about the capabilities they might have that we haven’t yet even considered.”

The Accidental Creative

This podcast teaches you how to “build practical, everyday practices that help you stay prolific, brilliant and healthy in life and work.” Host Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative, interviews artists and business leaders to bring you the best in productivity.

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How To Plan Your Day In 10 Minutes -

Most people plan their expenses using a budget, but do you plan how you spend your time (i.e. your life)? In this episode, Henry shows you a simple method for planning your day, turning you into a productivity powerhouse in just ten minutes.

Smart Passive Income

Smart Passive Income is a beloved podcast that shows you how to optimize your online business for passive income. Host Pat Flynn calls it his “Plan B career,” one that he’s been enjoying for seven years and counting. His community of 150,000+ aspiring and existing business owners is the place to be if you want to run a productive online business.

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How to Disrupt Yourself & Grow a Company with Whitney Johnson -

Whitney Johnson is a “disruption expert.” In this episode, she teaches you her strategies for disrupting your life and business in order to change for the better.

The Action Catalyst with Rory Vaden

This is a weekly podcast hosted by New York Times bestselling author, Rory Vaden. The Action Catalyst is all about “insights and inspiration to help you take action”™. In each episode, Vaden shares his thoughts on increasing self-discipline and making the most of your time to help you realize your business and life goals. Combined with weekly interviews with thought leaders, this is one of the best productivity podcasts out there today.

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Doing Business With Friends of Friends With David Burkus -

In this episode, bestselling author and award-winning podcaster David Burkus tackles the challenging topic of networking with a fresh perspective.

Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod

In this podcast, host Hal Elrod equips you with practical advice and strategies to help you reach your goals in life and business. Elrod is a master of inspiration, motivation and action plans, making this the perfect show for anyone who is hoping to be more productive in every area of their life.

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Willpower Doesn’t Work — Author Interview with Ben Hardy -

Since 2016, Benjamin P. Hardy has been the #1 writer on Medium.com. In this episode, he and Elrod chat about what it really takes to improve our lives.

The GaryVee Audio Experience

Gary Vaynerchuk’s podcast is like an adrenaline shot straight to your creative muscles. His episodes will get you pumped up to work hard while providing you with valuable business advice in the process.

The GaryVee Audio Experience consists of a mixture of short “rants” and longer interviews, both of which are equally entertaining and worth the listen.

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The Airplane Project -

A 12-series rant about getting ahead in today’s world. Check out the introduction below.

The Productivityist Podcast

The Productivityist Podcast offers “ideas and tools for personal productivity.” It’s hosted by productivity strategist Mike Vardy and is designed to help you take your time management, goals, and habits to the next level. Start “living the good life” with this podcast.

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The Link Between Personal and Professional Productivity with Mark Lavercombe -

Dr. Mark Lavercombe is a senior lecturer at The University of Melbourne and writes about productivity, clinical education, and leadership at The Productive Physician. In this episode, he joins Vardy to chat about the invisible link between personal and professional productivity.

Mac Power Users

Calling all Mac users! This podcast is all about getting the most out of your Apple tech, including focused topics and workflow guests.

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Creating the iPhone Field Guide -

In this episode, host David Sparks talks about the creation of his latest multimedia book, iPhone Field Guide.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Become HAPPIER with Gretchen Rubin. :)

Gretchen is the #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before. In this podcast, she gives you practical advice for reframing your life to be happier.

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Little: A Happiness Reminder from E. B. White’s Masterpiece “Charlotte’s Web” -

A quick life lesson from the opening passage of Charlotte’s Web:

“Why did you do all this for me?” he asked. “I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.”

“You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing.” — E.B. White

Get-It-Done Guy’s Quick and Dirty Tips to Work Less and Do More

This podcast will teach you how to work smarter instead of harder. Full of creative productivity and organization tips, this show could “transform even the most overwhelmed person into an overachiever.” Stop stressing and get stuff done with Stever Robbins.

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How to Psych Yourself Up with Good Self-Talk -

Tired of putting yourself down with negative self-talk? Get-It-Done Guy Stever Robbins has a better way.

The Productive Woman

The Productive Woman is all about helping busy women “find the tools and encouragement they need to better manage their lives, their time, their stress, and their stuff so they can accomplish the things they care about and make a life that matters.”

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Becoming Chief Home Officer, with Natali Morris -

In this episode, Natali Morris joins host Laura McClellan to talk about creating a life that matters through financial freedom.

The Startup Chat with Steli and Hiten

“Unfiltered insights and actionable advice straight from the trenches of startup and business life.” Steli Efti and Hiten Shah are serial entrepreneurs who have founded multi-million-dollar SaaS startups. As a result, they know how valuable time is and hold nothing back in this bi-weekly podcast.

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How to Do User Testing for Your Product -

In this episode, Steli and Hiten tackle user testing by laying out the steps for your product, your startup, and your market.

Love Your Work with David Kadavy

David Kadavy’s Love Your Work podcast attempts to “crack the code for fulfilling work.”

If you…

  • are not sure what you want to do
  • need a little inspiration to power through a project you’ve already started
  • or don’t know how to derive meaning from your work

… then give this one a listen.

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Emmy-award winning set designer for Bill Nye, Martha Stewart, & Snoop Dogg, James Pearse Connelly -

Being an entrepreneur often times requires you to balance your creative goals with those of your customers. Learn how James Pearse, innovative designer and TV set creator, balances his personal artistic vision with those of his clients — people like Snoop Dogg and Bill Nye.

Defeat the Drama at Work with Kirsten E. Ross

In this podcast, Kirsten E. Ross teaches you how to improve team productivity, drive outstanding customer service and become empowered as a leader. This is an invaluable show for entrepreneurs, business owners and leaders with big goals. Ross brings over 20 years of experience to the table to help you “find your fuel, align your team and achieve!”

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The Secret to Increasing Your Capacity -

In this episode, Ross shares her secret to handling a multitude of tasks in a mindful manner. It takes practice, but it will give you a huge boost in productivity!

The BizChix Podcast

Host Natalie Eckdahl, MBA is a coach to women entrepreneurs. She helps them own their role as CEO through business trainings, coaching calls and expert interviews. In her podcast, you’ll learn how to master your mindset, grow as a leader, build your team and more. You can even meet Eckdahl and fellow listeners at her annual leadership conference for women entrepreneurs, BizChix Live!

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How to Specialize with Rae Walaska -

In this episode, Eckdahl coaches Rae Walaska, a successful entrepreneur who runs a murder-mystery entertainment company and a social media management company. Together, they talk about everything from time management to product pricing.

Beyond the To-Do List

It has happened to the best of us. We write out our beautiful, long, color-coded, super organized to-do list… and then feel so accomplished from making the list that we… don’t. do. a. single. thing. In Beyond the To-Do List, Erik Fisher hosts guests that explain productivity strategies that can really help you knock off those to-do items.

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Focus: Cal Newport on Distractions, Focus and Deep Work -

Cal Newport wrote Deep Work (one of our fave books) and absolutely kills it in this interview with Erik.

Back to Work

In this award-winning talk show, Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discuss productivity, communication, constraints, tools, and so much more.

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Red Cheekums -

Tune in to hear Mann and Benjamin discuss everything from vitamins to cleaning out your garage.

Reply All

According to The Guardian, this is “‘a podcast about the internet’ that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it.”

We agree.

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Underdog -

How did a dog go from near death at a shelter to becoming “Marnie the Dog”, one of the most well-known dogs on the internet? In this episode, the Reply All team dissects the formula for achieving internet dog fame.

Getting Things Done

GTD features interviews with individuals from all walks of life who are striving to get things done. Stress-free productivity begins with the decision to get started!

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David Allen guides you through a GTD Mind Sweep -

Ever wondered what it would be like to have an objective list of everything on your mind? Grab a notebook because David Allen is about to show you just what is holding your attention.

Young Entrepreneur Lifestyle 2.0

This show is “dedicated to motivating millennials on a whole new level.” Best-selling author and serial entrepreneur Peter Voogd gives you the actionable strategies, inspiration, and motivation to create the life of your dreams. It’s time to “become a Game Changer.”

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The Truths to Creating Real Passive Income -

David Siteman Garland, creator of the Rise To The Top, joins host Markado Escano to chat about seven proven steps to creating, promoting, and profiting from online courses and much more.

The Tim Ferriss Show

Tim Ferriss is a self-proclaimed “human guinea-pig.” Through captivating storytelling, he shares his and others’ mind-boggling experiences in life, work, creation, and innovation. With 300 episodes available, Tim has created a massive amount of valuable content, just waiting to satisfy your “earballs.”

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Lessons from Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, and Ben Franklin -

Two master learners talking about other master learners. Prepare to feel like a slacker… ;) In this episode, Tim interviews Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of The Aspen Institute and author of many biographies — his most recent being about Leonardo da Vinci. Walter shares little-known information about Leonardo’s personal life and explains his secrets to mastery. They also discuss some of history’s other famous innovators and the tools they used to learn so much so quickly.

The main takeaway from the episode: Don’t limit yourself through specialization. Embrace curiosity, seek the answers to many questions, and learn from everything that the world has to offer. Creativity happens at the intersection between different disciplines.

Jocko Podcast

Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL, so who better to teach you about discipline, leadership, and self-respect?

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With Tim Ferriss. Musashi, and How Warrior Way Relates to life -

We first heard of Jocko while he was guest-hosting Tim Ferriss’s podcast, so we found it only fitting to first listen to Jocko’s podcast when he invited on Tim. Learn about Tim’s silent retreat and the life of The Samurai.

Nir and Far

Nir Eyal is the best-selling author of Hooked: How to Build Habit Forming Products. (Sidenote: If you haven’t given his a book a read yet, we highly recommend it! :D) In Nir and Far, Nir discusses how design influences customer behavior and analyzes how specific companies build habits.

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Infinite Scroll: The Web’s Slot Machine -

We used to “click and flick,” and now, we just scroll… and scroll… and scroll. Why did companies make the switch, and what is it about scrolling that keeps us hooked longer?

Bulletproof Radio

From the iTunes description:

“Bulletproof Executive Radio was born out of a fifteen-year single-minded crusade to upgrade the human being using every available technology. It distills the knowledge of world-class MDs, biochemists, Olympic nutritionists, meditation experts, and more than $1M spent on personal self-experiments. From private brain EEG facilities hidden in a Canadian forest to remote monasteries in Tibet, from Silicon Valley to the Andes, high tech entrepreneur Dave Asprey used hacking techniques and tried everything himself, obsessively focused on discovering: What are the simplest things you can do to be better at everything?”

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Vegetables, Coffee, & The Recipe To Make Alzheimer’s Optional: Dr. Steven Masley -

What better place to start with this podcast than an episode about defying disease naturally?

The $100 MBA Show

This show was awarded Best of iTunes back in 2014 and is still a clear favorite among entrepreneurs. Omar Zenhom’s business lessons are straightforward and always practical. In The $100 MBA Show, he takes some of the best lessons and examples from The $100 MBA community and condenses them into short episodes. He also interviews top experts and guest teachers, but they don’t come to share their backstories or even to promote themselves; they come to teach you about business. If you’re looking for fluff-free lessons in productivity, this podcast is for you.

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Q&A Wednesday: How much should I spend on my logo? -

In this episode, Zenhom talks about freelance graphic designers and the cost of creating a logo for your brand.

“When you pay for a logo, you’re not just paying for the time it takes to make it. You’re paying for the expression of what you do — and that’s worth getting right.”

20 Minute Fitness

20 Minute Fitness presents you with the latest news in health and fitness. In just 20 minutes, learn all you need to know about nutrition, developing an exercise routine, and keeping your body in tip top shape.

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How to be Mentally Tough Like an Olympian -

A major part of meeting your health and fitness goals is being able to keep a level head and focus on what it is you wish to accomplish. How do professional athletes — folks with a lot riding on their athletic success — develop this mental toughness?

5 O’Clock Hustle

Are you an after-hours entrepreneur? A weekend warrior? A human being with big dreams and the passion to fuel them? Good. This might just be the podcast for you.

The 5 O’Clock Hustle team is all about bringing you the inspiration you need to keep at it while the rest of the world sleeps. These episodes are packed with fresh insight from like-minded entrepreneurs and industry leaders.

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Make an Impact with Your Marketing Strategy w/ Jared Smith, Director of Marketing and Growth at Impact Theory -

In this episode, you’ll learn how to “break the mold to inspire and influence audiences around the world” from marketing expert, Jared Smith.

Extreme Productivity with Kevin Kruse

What would you do if you were 10x more productive than you are now and had a least one extra hour of free time per day? Is that even possible?!

According to Kevin Kruse, the answer is a resounding yes! Kruse is a bestselling author and serial entrepreneur. In his podcast, he talks about successful entrepreneurs, self-made millionaires, Olympic athletes, straight-A students and other extremely productive people. These episodes will encourage and inspire you to be the best possible version of yourself.

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The Cure for Procrastination -

Are you tired of wasting valuable time and energy? In this episode, Kruse teaches you how to beat procrastination.

The 5 AM Miracle with Jeff Sanders

The 5 AM Miracle is all about “dominating your day before breakfast.” Host Jeff Sanders helps you wake up with the enthusiasm you need to reach your goals.

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7 Benefits of Starting Your Day Bright and Early -

Sleeping in may sound great, but have you heard about the real and lasting benefits of waking up early? In this episode, Sanders highlights seven benefits of starting your day before breakfast.

The Upgrade by Lifehacker

Just like our phones, laptops and pretty much everything else in life, we require the occasional upgrade. In this podcast, hosts Melissa Kirsch and Alice Bradley tackle the big things, like how to be happy, how to buy a TV and how to tell if you’re dating a psychopath.

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How to Become Financially Independent and Retire Early, With Vicki Robin -

In this episode, guest speaker Vicki Robin chats about our relationship with money and redefines what it is to live a rich, full life.

Organize Mindfully

Organize Mindfully is a collection of interviews with organizing professionals, designers, mindfulness teachers and others who are living an inspired and organized life. They share their tips and tricks so you can bring order and joy to your daily routine.

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Get organized with David Allen -

In this episode, David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, talks about all things organization.

Entrepreneurs on Fire

This podcast was awarded “Best of iTunes” for its riveting interviews with today’s most successful entrepreneurs. Host John Lee Dumas has chatted with Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, Tony Robbins, Pat Flynn, and over 2,000 others. If you’re looking for actionable insight into entrepreneurship, then this is the podcast for you.

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JLD answers Fire Nation’s questions LIVE and UNSCRIPTED! -

In this episode, John Lee Dumas answers live questions from his listeners — totally unscripted.

Lead to Win with Michael Hyatt

In this podcast, New York Times Bestselling Author Michael Hyatt teaches you how to combine “current research with timeless wisdom for lasting success.” He covers everything from personal productivity, to team leadership, to influence.

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Elements of a Great Team Culture -

In this episode, Michael shows you the pitfalls of leadership and how to avoid them.


In this podcast, host Brett Terpstra argues that all work is creative work. He discusses how and why we continue to work and the systems that keep us moving forward.

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A Sweet Precious Angel with Merlin Mann -

Merlin Mann joins Brett Terpstra to chat about dogs, personal digital assistants, productivity hacks and much more.

Simplify by Blinkist Podcast

When you look at your habits, happiness, relationships and health, what is the first thing that comes to mind? If your answer is, “There’s got to be a better way to do this,” then this is the podcast for you.

Hosts Caitlin Schiller and Ben Schuman-Stoler interview productivity experts such as Gretchen Rubin, David Allen, Dan Savage and Seth Godin in Simplify.

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Daniel Levitin: Trick Your Brain, Treat Your Brain -

In this episode, neuroscientist Dr. Daniel Levitin talks about mental health and the secret functions of the human brain.

How I Built This with Guy Raz

Hosted by renowned NPR journalist Guy Raz, How I Built This dives deep into the stories behind how some of the most well-known companies were built.

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LinkedIn: Reid Hoffman -

LinkedIn is by far the most well-known job and career networking site. Ever wonder how this monster of a company was built?

Learn how Reid Hoffman’s vision for the future of the Internet turned him into one the wealthiest figures in Silicon Valley and LinkedIn into one of the most useful career tools around.

Cardone Zone

From the iTunes description:

THE CARDONE ZONE is now the one place to find everything Grant Cardone: Real Estate Investing Made Simple, Power Player interviews with superstar entrepreneurs, authors, experts, coaches and business leaders; The G&E Show — the business of Marriage and How to Build an Empire; Young Hustlers for Sales Professionals; and every Friday I will take your calls on anything and even give you an opportunity to pitch your business.

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How To Bank Your First $100k -

In this episode, Cardone talks about the importance of earning and saving your first $100k.

Optimal Living Daily

Optimal Living Daily is one of our favorite resources for content on personal development, minimalism and productivity. Each episode is a “blogcast,” where the best blog posts are narrated for you.

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So You Want to Become a Happiness Ninja by Tammy Strobel of RowdyKittens.com -

What is a happiness ninja? Find out in this episode of Optimal Living Daily.

The Less Doing Podcast with Ari Meisel

It may surprise you, based on the title, but this is “the most productive podcast on the planet.” Full of efficiency strategies, life hacks, and workflows, The Less Doing Podcast is on a mission to give you the freedom to spend time doing the things you love.

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Slowing Down to Speed Up -

Slowing down to speed up may sound counterintuitive, but according to guest speaker Rob Dube, this concept is the heart of productivity. Listen in to learn how Dube used meditation to change his worldview.

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