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The 5 Best Podcasts for Work & Well-Being

Tune in to keep your productivity in check.

Podcasts are one of those brilliant inventions that we can’t imagine our current day without, especially self-help ones where you can learn skills to improve your career or well-being. The best part? You can multitask while tuning in—that’s right, you can double your productivity while cleaning your room or doing an at-home exercise. Whether you’re looking for a distraction during this quarantine period or just want to add to your podcast playlist, check out our five favorites below.

1. Well Now by Saje Natural Wellness

First and foremost, productivity starts with wellness. Simply put, if you’re healthy mentally and physically, you’ll be able to function better to produce your best work. The Well Now podcast is powered by Saje, the natural wellness brand known for its essential oils and skincare goods. Exploring the hidden side of health, the episodes feature insight from doctors and healers of all kinds who delve deep on topics from how to sleep better to nutrition tips and more. For the ultimate self-care moment, turn on that diffuser, put on a face mask, and hit play on this podcast.

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2. Goal Digger by Jenna Kutcher

Listening to Goal Digger is like catching up with one of your best girlfriends who also gives really valuable business and life advice. Host Jenna Kutcher’s down-to-earth personality shines through the mic as she gives her own tried-and-true tips on how to start and grow your business—and these can apply no matter what field you’re in. The Minnesota-based creative started her entrepreneurial journey after purchasing a $300 camera from Craigslist and becoming a self-taught wedding photographer. Now, she’s helping people all over the world chase their dreams through inspiring podcast episodes (and courses, too).

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3. The Marie Forleo Podcast

Need a little motivational boost to get going on your career? Or help trying to find your greater purpose in life? Host Marie Forleo covers everything from productivity, love, health, creativity, and more, with a sense of humor. Oprah named her a thought leader for the next generation, and it’s true—Marie thinks outside the box when it comes to solving issues and sharing practical advice. Episodes range from quick Q&As to longer conversations with guests, such as author Elizabeth Gilbert and motivational speaker Gabby Bernstein. For more, check out Marie’s book Everything Is Figureoutable and her weekly show.

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4. Optimal Living Daily

Give your eyes a break and let Optimal Living Daily (or OLD, for short) do the reading for you. Since 2015, host Justin Malik has been narrating the best blog posts on personal development, minimalism, productivity, and more, so you can get your dose of intel by just tuning in. Episodes are played every single day, including weekends and holidays, and are fairly short (most are less than 11 minutes). Little by little, you can make positive changes to your life with the advice of each recording. Subscribe to OLD’s daily free newsletter for motivational quotes and more tips.

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5. Happier with Gretchen Rubin

The name of this podcast says it all—listen in to get “happier.” Author Gretchen Rubin explores the topic of joy and how you can shift your mindset to find more of it in your everyday life. One recent episode that couldn’t be more timely talks about ways we can deal with the coronavirus pandemic and suggests creating a “19 for COVID-19” list. Some ideas: you can add tasks that are small or big; from cleaning out your backyard to figuring out a way to cut expenses in the future. There isn’t one way to achieve happiness, and Rubin’s unique way of sharing insight takes a sensible approach on how to pick up positive habits.

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Wendy Sy

Wendy Sy is a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle writer based in New York City. In addition to her editorial website, Style Meets Story, her work has been featured in Allure, Avenue Magazine, InStyle, and more. When she’s not brainstorming ideas for upcoming articles, you can find her spending countless hours searching for lost treasures at vintage shops. Photo by Sophie Elgort.

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