The Most Productive Podcasts, ranked!

With working from home now the ‘new normal’ for many, a new report* by PowWowNow reveals the most productive podcasts to listen to in 2021.

To create the list, PowWowNow scored the iTunes podcast library, focusing on categories relating to productivity. Each podcast was then given a score between 0-3, taking the number of episodes, overall rating, and the number of reviews into account (with each factor equally valued and given a score between 0-1. The overall score is the value of each criterion combined).

Top 20 productive podcasts

Entrepreneurs on Fire takes the crown as the most productive podcast. The business-related podcast is only one of two in the category amongst the overall top 20, with the $100 MBA Show the only other business-focused podcast.

Health and fitness podcasts along with those focusing on mental health both have five podcasts each in the top 20. Meanwhile, three philosophical podcasts, three around self-improvement, and two focused around spirituality make up the rest of the list.

The full top 20 rankings can be seen below:

Rank Podcast name Category Number of episodes * Rating Number of reviews
1 Entrepreneurs on Fire business careers 1999 4.8 3500
2 Mind Pump: Raw Fitness Truth health and fitness 1480 4.8 6500
3 Optimal Living Daily: Personal Development & Minimalism mental health 1866 4.7 2700
4 The Art of Manliness philosophy 679 4.7 10500
5 Sleep With Me mental health 200 4.6 13200
6 The $100 MBA Show business careers 1732 4.9 1100
7 Philosophize This! philosophy 149 4.8 11100
8 The Rich Roll Podcast self-improvement 573 4.8 8000
9 The Jordan Harbinger Show self-improvement 459 4.9 7700
10 Vox Conversations philosophy 401 4.5 9100
11 The Positive Head Podcast spirituality 1371 4.8 1500
12 Inspire Nation Show with Michael Sandler spirituality 1553 4.6 636
13 The Minimalists Podcast mental health 367 4.7 8000
14 The Ross Bolen Podcast mental health 374 4.9 7300
15 The Chalene Show | Diet, Fitness & Life Balance health and fitness 652 4.9 5300
16 The Quote of the Day Show | Daily Motivational Talks self-improvement 1111 4.9 2200
17 Ben Greenfield Fitness health and fitness 921 4.6 4000
18 London Real health and fitness 1358 4.6 1100
19 Daily Meditation Podcast mental health 1520 4 901
20 Barbell Shrugged health and fitness 910 4.8 2500

Is productivity found in the longest-running shows?

According to the index, quantity often does mean quality, and those with the most episodes are generally deemed to be the most productive overall. The podcast series with the most episodes, Entrepreneurs on Fire, also scored highest with all three factors considered.

Additionally, 9 of the 10 longest-running series on the index also rank within the top 20 podcasts overall, demonstrating the productive value of a show listeners can really get stuck into.

Does a five-star rating reveal all?

None of the index’s 253 five-star rated shows feature in the top 20 most productive podcasts, suggesting that, while offering initial value, ratings rarely reveal the full story.

Of the 253 to receive top marks, though, five podcasts (Shawn Ryan Show, New Mindset, Who Dis? Know Your Aura with Mystic Michaela, The Connected Life, Wine & Spirits with Monica the Medium) have also each impressively received over 2,000 reviews from listeners.

In fact, the only criteria holding these five shows back is the index score for the length of the series, with each scoring below 0.15/1. So, there is an indication that, with more episodes under their belt, these could be the podcasts to keep an eye on in 2021.

The podcasts sparking conversations

According to the index, the shows deemed most productive are generally those which impassion fans the most, to the point they leave a review. 9 of the 10 most reviewed podcasts across the index also feature in the overall top 20 for productivity.

Interestingly, the exception to this, the Shawn Ryan Show, sits just shy in 21st position.

For more information, go to: https://www.powwownow.co.uk/smarter-working/the-most-productive-podcasts-to-listen-to-in-2021/

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