9 nice podcasts to get you thru your work day

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For many, working from home has become the new norm. Sure, it comes with a lot of benefits like no more commuting, the ability to work in sweatpants, and being a little more flexible with personal time. But there are a few things that you might overlook – the buzzing of office lights, the quiet chatter of employees catching up at the water fountain, and the tap of a pen hitting the table during a meeting – the things that make it up Choir consists of office life.

Fortunately, if you are struggling to stay healthy in your too quiet (or crowded and distracting) home office, there is something you can do about it. Fill in the silence, get inspired, and create the energy of a creative, productive environment by downloading a podcast to listen to while you work. Not everyone can have a podcast (or music, or a TV show) playing while trying to get their job done, but many people find that the extra background noise helps increase their focus and make the hours fly faster. Especially if you’re working on something particularly small or manual (like filling out a repeating spreadsheet), listening to a podcast is a great way to pass the time, chat, learn something new, or learn something new.

If you stop by on a podcast, you can decide what your “office” sounds like – something educational, inspiring, or white noise worthy? It depends on you. Here are some great podcasts that you’ll love to hear on the watch.

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For a deep dive into pop culture: ID10T

Since 2010, Chris Hardwick has been taking curious fans on weekly trips into the belly of pop culture with his podcast ID10T (formerly known as Nerdist). Big celebrities like Mathew McConaughey, Elizabeth Shue, and Lou Diamond Phillips stop by regularly to talk about their shows, favorite fan theories, or whatever happens in the cultural zeitgeist.

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To reevaluate your whole life: Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations

Seriously, is there anything Oprah can’t do? The queen of daytime TV is now the queen of inspirational podcasts with her show Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations. Each episode explores a new way we can all become better, more insightful people, and often includes a celebrity guest to share their wisdom. Guests include quarterback Tom Brady, who explains how to achieve excellence, and Fixer Upper’s Chip and Joanna Gaines, who share their insights into lasting professional and personal relationships.

To inspire your next great idea: How I built this

Have you ever dreamed of starting your own business instead of working for someone else? Download a few episodes of How I Built This and maybe, maybe you will be inspired to take the next step. Host Guy Raz chats with guests to learn all the details about building their businesses, from the start to managing millions. Guests include Starbucks’ Howard Schultz and Rick Steves, who reveals all the secrets to make it big in the travel world.

For a Solution to True Crimes: Morbid: A True Crime Podcast

True crime junkies and BFFs, Alaina Urquhart-White (an autopsy technician) and Ash Kell (a hairdresser), host Morbid, where they joke about everything weird – from kidnappings to serial killers – and look for a new creepy case in each episode focus. But don’t worry, they break up the heavy issues with a light sense of humor. So, if you’re a fan of true crime stories but aren’t trying to freak out (or get too distracted) during the work day, this is an issue of Great Murder pod to download during your more tedious tasks.

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To enjoy incredible music: NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert

Music can do wonders for your work day. In fact, according to science, it could help reduce anxiety and stress, improve cognitive functions, and even relieve pain (although hopefully you won’t need that in your work). But instead of listening to any old radio station, tune in to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. Listen as A-list musical talents like Adele, Passion Pit, Alicia Keys, and others stop by All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen’s desk, to play their favorite songs.

For a much-needed perspective: The Great Fail

Look, not everything we do in life or in business is going to be a win. And that’s fine because it just means you will learn important lessons on your way up. Do you have to complain to others about your losses? Listen to The Great Fail hosted by Debra Chen, where each episode unpacks some truly epic business failures, including the demise of Blockbuster, the shutdown of Tower Records, and the “disintegration” of American Apparel.

Refreshing Pop Gossip: The Read

Do you miss gossiping over coffee during break with your office besties? Make up for lost time by downloading The Read by Kid Fury and Crissle. This weekly pod covers the hippest stars in hip hop and pop culture. As the duo say, their podcast is about “casting shadows and spilling tea with a funky and humorous attitude. No star is safe from anger and crissle unless their name is Beyoncé.” Make sure you look forward to celebrity guests too.

To stay up to date on current events (from both sides): The argument

You may already be scanning your most precious daily messages as you sip your morning cup of caffeine, but the messages don’t stop once you log on to work. Stay up to date and dig deep into the hottest and hotly debated topics of the moment with The Argument, a weekly podcast from the New York Times. Moderator Jane Coaston mediated lively discussions between respondents (with very strong opinions) from both sides of the argument. Whether it’s about student loan debt or canceling the culture, the conversations are never boring and always insightful – and often heated.

For soothing background noise: The White Noise Podcast

If it’s getting too quiet at home but you’re not in the mood for the chatter, it’s time to tune in to the White Noise Podcast. This podcast is, as the name suggests, white noise, but each episode has some unique background sounds, including everything from “wind and forest” to “dishwasher noise”, “bubble wrap” to “mac and cheese”. Play them back one at a time or find a favorite to play on reps for a work day ASMR experience that helps you get things done.

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