Ever wish you could use all of your senses more effectively? You can simply listen and get more done.
I spend an hour traveling each day to drop my daughter off at preschool in the morning and drive to work. In the evening, I spend an hour driving to pick my daughter up in the afternoon, and drive home. Rather than complain or be sour about it, I decided to use that time as wisely as I can. If I am in the car alone, these are ways I can still be productive.
What Are Podcasts?
Digital audio files made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.
How to Listen to Podcasts
1. On a blog/website – Click the play button when starting a podcast
2. On your desktop, laptop, smart phone, iPad, iPod Touch, etc. You can use apps like iTunes, Downcast (which allow you to search for shows, subscribe to them and speed up the audio.), and Stitcher.
3. Subscribe to the Podcast – On the website or in the app you use, there is usually a subscribe feature so that you are automatically notified when new episodes are available.
My Favorite Podcasts for Moms
Power of Moms: A Gathering Place for Deliberate Moms :: April and Saren (from Power of Moms) “co-host this lively on-demand audio podcast–often featuring special guests, and always discussing topics that will strengthen each of us as deliberate mothers.”
The Art of Simple Podcast :: Hosted by Tsh Oxenreider, founder of the blog The Art of Simple. Features episodes about “food, good music, writing, books, bedtime routines, and the challenges of working from home.
InspiredToAction.com :: Inspiration for Motherhood By Kat Lee. “It’s like a pep talk for moms. Each episode of the Inspired To Action Podcast is to…that’s right…inspire YOU to action. Bringing you motivating interviews, practical tips and lots of fun yet-insanely-useful conversation with people who believe in YOU and the amazing role you have as a mother. You’re a mom. You’re totally a big deal.”
Others (I haven’t listened to):
THE POWER DOWN PODCAST :: SITS girl affiliated, “grassroots podcast: inspired by the growing need we’ve experienced in the blogger community to find online and off-line balance. Power Down is low on bells and whistles and big on great guests and passionate conversation.”
MOJO MOM PODCAST :: Hosted by Amy Tiermann, a mom, talks about about balancing work and parenting, with lots of great current news talk and guest interviews.
What Are Ebooks?
Electronic audio or a CD version of your favorite book.
How to Listen to Ebooks
Sites like Audible.com, your library, or books on CD.
You can listen to your old-fashioned stereo system or visit the website of your favorite radio station and look for a “Listen Live” button.
All of these options are perfect to listen to, get inspired by, and learn from others as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes, clean, run, commute, organize the house, or relax.
Podcast Resources (affiliate links):
Additional Ways to Multi-Task:
Do you listen to podcasts or audiobooks? Which are your favorites?
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