I have an addiction, a podcast addiction.
It all began when I was working from home with my infant son. I needed company, and adult topics in my brain while I did my design work. I turned to podcasts, and I think they saved some of my sanity. We have a running joke in my house that I begin a lot of sentences with, “On this podcast I was listening to today …” Over the years and as circumstances have changed, I’ve listened to many different types. And oh, the things I’ve learned!
Here is just a taste:
In the beginning, I focused on parenting related podcasts. These filled a need to not feel alone in this new-to-me parent role. It’s also introduced me to services for making motherhood (or working life) easier, support systems like mentors and life coaches, resources for kids health and behavior issues, and I even just listened to one about better kid’s music.
– Manic Mommies
– Naptime Radio
– One Bad Mother
It just occured to me that my work-related category is the smallest, but I can tell you these two podcasts give my mind enough to contemplate on my career, my goals, my inspiration and my training.
– After the Jump
Probably the largest group of podcasts I listen to fall under entertainment. When I’m working on really mundane tasks in design (that don’t require much reading or writing), I often listen to podcasts. I feel like I’m cheating because I’m enjoying something I might otherwise find mind numbing (e.g. prepping a large batch of photos for a publication). 🙂
– Stuff You Should Know
– 99% Invisible
– This American Life
– Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me
My favorite type of podcast is one with a conversation style delivery. I enjoy hearing about the hosts as people and then learning about the knowledge they want to share.
My designer takeaway: Here is another way to learn something new, find validation in what you do, or survive those tedious tasks. There are podcasts out there for everyone!