Morning, friends! Today, I am going to share another fun fact with you. I absolutely love listening to podcasts. As a working mommy, I feel that it is an easy way to get some professional or personal development in. It is very important to spend some time each day focusing on growing and expanding your knowledge base. Sadly, for many working moms, this is put to the back burner. I was guilty of that during the first several years of being a working mommy. It was hard enough to show up to work on time without spit-up or baby drool on my clothes. I certainly did not have time to spend hours each week reading books that were unrelated to child development. That all changed when I discovered podcasts! I am so excited to share with you what I feel are the 5 best podcasts for working moms.
Podcasts are typically pretty short but pack in a lot of valuable content. I find that I don’t have a lot of extra time to sit down and dedicate time reading a book. If I am reading, it is typically when the kids are around. As a result, I find that I am constantly losing my focus. That is not hard to do when you hear “mommy” or “mama” about a million times a day. I am sure you can relate.
Podcasts can be listened to in the car or on my runs, which is why I love them so much. I will sometimes listen at work, if the topic is not too deep. There are so many different podcasts out there and the topics vary. It is easy to find something that strikes your fancy at any given moment. If I am having a bad day at work, the last thing I want to listen to is someone talking about how to be a kick ass employee.
Podcasts for Working Moms
Since there are so many wonderful podcasts out there, it was a challenge narrowing it down to five. I actually am subscribed to about 15 right now, but find it impossible to keep up with all of the great content. Since I am a working mom, I love the podcasts that focus on that topic. Balance and time management are two areas that I still struggle with today. However, I also find podcasts a great way to get some professional development in. As a result, I have put together a list that is a good balance of both career and parenting.
Even though I love podcasts, I am still an avid reader. It took a few years vacation due to having little ones, but I am officially back on the reading train. I absolutely loved Gretchen’s books, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. Her writing really inspired me to focus on creating more happiness in my life. I subscribed to her podcast to keep me focused on that goal.
Gretchen and her younger sister provide practical advice about happiness and the conversations they have between each other are always a lot of fun. Most of the episodes are about a half an hour, but there are some quick little episodes that pop up that I really love to listen to while I am at work. They are typically only about a minute or two long, but are great reminders to focus on what really bring happiness and joy to your life.
This was the first “working mom” podcast that I subscribed to and I am still an active listener today. In a nutshell, the popular magazine is brought to life on a podcast. There is so much good information packed into one episode. The topics vary and that is one of the reasons why I enjoy this podcast so much. Many of my favorite episodes have focused on raising kids. Since the magazine is focused on working moms, the tips provided are practical and understand that most that are listening have some type of career outside of raising kids. I also like that each episode is broken out into a shorter segment, so you can decide what topics interest you and listen to those if you are short on time.
I am a big fan of podcasts that interview others and this one does just that. I really love the magazine and find that the podcast is just an influential. There have been some great interviews on this podcasts and I recently listened to one with Tony Robbins. John and Shelby, the hosts, are also a lot of fun and make the episodes really engaging. John can be a little corny at times, but I think that is one of the reasons I like this one so much.
Just like Happier with Gretchen Rubin, this one also has short episodes that provide really quick tips. I just listened to one this morning that provided 4 traits that Jim Rohn believes are the basis for great relationships. I am not going to spoil it for you, but it was a great listen and was a lot of information packed into less than 3 minutes.
This is a fairly new podcast series that is quickly becoming one of my favorites. This particular podcast focuses on all things working parent. Sarah provides tips on time management, relationships, child development, self care and a whole lot more. One of the reasons why this podcast is moving to the top of my list is because it is so relatable. I feel as if my story almost mirrors Sarah’s. She is so candid and raw and really tells it like it is. The other reason why I am so fond of the podcast is that it focuses on working parents and not just working moms. There is not a lot of support out there for the working dads and they have a tough gig as well. If you are a working mom and new to the podcast world, I would start by downloading this one today.
Anna Runyan is the founder and CEO of Classy Career Girl, named by Forbes as one of the top 35 most influential career sites of 2014. Anna’s podcast provides advice on career development, but also spends a lot of time stressing the importance of being happy with where you are at in life. Since I am an entrepreneur, I really appreciate that aspect. However, the career support she provides is awesome as well. I recently listened to a real good episode on how to communicate effectively at work. On top of that, Anna is a wonderful speaker and keeps the episodes very engaging.
While I do switch it up from time to time, the list above are the podcasts that I listen to on a regular basis. There are others that I will listen to episodes that I am curious to hear more about, but will delete if my feed gets to overwhelming.
What are some podcasts that you listen to on a regular basis? I am sure there are others out there that are just as awesome that I have not discovered yet. I would love to hear from you.