According to one Apple research, there are over 550,000 active podcasts today, with 18.5 million episodes in 100 languages – so it’s hard to pick the best ones to listen to during your daily commutes.

In order to help you make your picks, here are the best of the best of available podcasts and YouTube channels covering the field of productivity, grouped by type:

One-on-one interviews

The Tim Ferriss Show: Growth-hacking Podcast

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Host(s): Tim Ferriss

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.6

Type of podcast: One-on-one interviews

Number of episodes: 360+

One of the best episodes: The Interview with Neil Gaiman

The Tim Ferriss show is a podcast of the American entrepreneur and author of several self-help books, including the 4-Hour Workweek. The podcast involves interviews with top performers in any field, from entertainment to investment. In each episode, Ferriss scrutinizes the tools, routines, habits, and tactics famous professionals used to reach success.

Past interviews include highlights such as:

  • Ray Dalio
  • LeBron James
  • Edward Norton
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Tony Robbins
  • Maria Sharapova

There’s even a book, Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, that groups and explains the best advice given by the interviewees in the podcasts.

The standout episode with Neil Gaiman, the famed author of the bestselling series American Goods, is especially a treat, considering that it was 20 years in the making.

The Art of Manliness podcast

the art of manliness

Host(s): Brett McKay

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.7

Type of podcast: One-on-one interviews

Number of episodes: 490+

One of the best episodes:  Don’t Follow Your Passion, with Cal Newport

The Art of Manliness is another versatile podcast that covers various topics. In each episode, Brett McKay (the founder of the blog The Art of Manliness) helms interviews with leading experts on a topic – anything from Norse mythology to 1,000 books to read before you die.

In general, you’ll find fun and informative insights on:

  • myths
  • various how-to-guides
  • leadership lessons
  • popular questions

You’ll also find answers to some unusual topics, such as why wasting time may be good for you, and what you can learn from the Spartan regime (if you dare).

One of the more remarkable episodes hosts Cal Newport, the originator of the concept deep work and the author of the book So Good They Can’t Ignore Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love. Here, you’ll learn how and why following your passion when choosing a profession may not be the best idea.

Organize Mindfully

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Host(s):  Mark Dillon

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.8

Type of podcast: One-on-one interviews

Number of episodes: 100+

One of the best episodes: What’s Making You Hold On To The Things in Your Life, with Saira Priest

Organize Mindfully offers everything you need to know to master the art of effective organization – the host, Mark Dillon, interviews various experts on the subject.

The topics revolve around everything related to organization, from decluttering your space from stuff you don’t need, to solving why you’re disorganized in the first place. You’ll even learn how your past organization mishaps can help you improve today.

The standout episode features the author of the book Zen of Hoarding, Saira Priest. In it, she and Dillon discuss why it’s hard to let go of certain things, and how you can deal with it.

Beyond the To-Do List

beyond the to do list

Host(s): Erik Fisher

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.5

Type of podcast: One-on-one interviews

Number of episodes: 260+

One of the best episodes Time: Laura Vanderkam on Perspective and Stewardship of Time

Beyond the To-Do List helps you make the most of your goals and tasks in everyday life –  the host Eric Fisher interviews real people on the matter and talks about the best, most productive ways to perform quality work.

In essence, each episode scrutinizes a simple concept like strategy, focus, projects, rest, studying, busyness – and offers expert insights on these topics.

Among other great things, you’ll learn:

  • the true meaning of productivity
  • how to practice digital minimalism
  • how to overcome stress
  • how to battle being overwhelmed

The episode with Laura Vanderkam is especially interesting, as you’ll learn why some people feel more relaxed about time and how you can be less busy, but get more work done.

Bulletproof radio

bulletproof radio

Host(s): Dave Asprey

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.7

Type of podcast: One-on-one interviews

Number of episodes: 300+

One of the best episodes: Reverse The Age Of Your Brain – Dr. Daniel Amen

The Bulletproof Radio podcast aims to help you make the most of technologies – host Dave Asprey tests out various new techniques and technologies to find the most effective solutions that will help you excel at anything.

To do so, Asprey brings in top performances in many fields and scrutinizes their way of thinking.

You’ll learn:

  • how to rewire your brain and body (and make them work together to help you perform far better than anyone would expect)
  • engrossing facts on sleep and meditation
  • how to improve and maintain mental strength
  • how to avoid burnout
  • why pure intelligence is not enough to help you succeed

One especially intriguing episode deals with the way to reverse the age of your brain (with insights from Dr Daniel Amen) – by avoiding 11 crucial risk factors in life.

Entrepreneurs on Fire

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Host(s): John Lee Dumas

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.9

Type of podcast: One-on-one interviews

Number of episodes: 2100+

One of the best episodes: Tony Robbins: Master the Money

In Entrepreneurs on Fire, John Lee Dumas conducts interviews with some of the leading men and women in business – in as much as 2112 episodes (as of April 2019).

Episodes cover topics such as:

  • jumpstarting your goals
  • going after your dreams
  • giving a sensational presentation
  • reducing your work hours (by making fewer hours more effective)

One of the highlight episodes revolves around Tony Robbins – it offers insights in his worst entrepreneurial moments and his eureka revelations that convinced him he was on the road to success.



Host(s): Mike Vardy

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.6

Type of podcast: One-on-one Interviews

Number of episodes: 250+

One of the best episodes: Controlling the Clutter with Claire Tompkins

Productivityist is a weekly show where you’ll be able to enjoy one-on-one interviews with leading experts in the sphere of productivity, as Vardy singles out the best productivity tools, tips, and tactics his guests have to offer.

This podcast will shows how you can:

  • improve your fitness routine and nutrition habits
  • optimize your fundraising systems
  • be more efficient at your job
  • achieve a work-life balance
  • foster big ideas
  • craft conscious communication

You’ll also learn how to improve your productivity levels, time management efforts, as well as reach your goals easier, either by working from home or at a traditional office.

Vardy’s guests are varied and include the likes of Cal Newport, David Allen, and James Clear – a special treat is the episode with Claire Tompkins, the Clutter Coach, where she lays out her tips and tricks for getting rid of clutter in your home, office, and work schedule.

Repurposed Content

TED radio hour

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Host(s): Guy Raz

iTunes rating: ★★★★★ 4.5

Type of podcast: Repurposed content

Number of episodes: 150+

One of the best episodes: Failure is an Option

The TED Radio Hour explores a variety of topics, from new ideas and recent inventions to original solutions and common problems – with journalist Guy Raz as the host.

The concept of the podcast is simple – about 3-4 experts in a subject offer their own insights that may lead the conversation to unexpected roads and uncharted territories.

The topics are truly varied, and range from racism and how a bias changes our perception, to Mars colonization ideas and popular misconceptions debunked.

The standout episode, Failure is an Option, explains how failure can make us smarter and stronger, and more likely to learn how to reach success.

Extreme Productivity with Kevin Kruse

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Host(s): Kevin Kruse

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.8

Type of podcast: Repurposed content

Number of episodes: 55+

One of the best episodes: A Lesson in Minimalism From The Dalai Lama

Extreme Productivity is a collection of time management tips and tricks – Kevin Kruse, a serial entrepreneur and book author, shares applicable advice from successful entrepreneurs, athletes, and excellent students. There’s an occasional interview, and answers to some pressing technology questions.

Specifically, the episodes deal with:

  • the importance of having a hobby
  • scheduling long-term goals
  • prioritizing
  • managing time

You also gain insight into the best ways to carry out side-hustles, the 5 mistakes people usually make in meetings, and how to simply say “No”.

A Lesson in Minimalism From the Dalai Lama helps you apply the Dalai Lama’s life principles on your everyday work – perfect for anyone who doesn’t know how to deal with clutter in business.

Lead to Win with Michael Hyatt

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Host(s): Michael Hyatt and Megan Guatt Miller

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.9

Type of podcast: Repurposed content

Number of episodes: 60+

One of the best episodes Answers to 10 Questions You’ve Been Dying to Ask Us

Lead to Win has New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt (and Megan Hyatt Miller) offer advice on your road to both personal and business success.

In general, the podcast deals with productivity and development on the personal plan, as well as leadership qualities you need to have to help yourself (and your team) succeed.

Specifically, you’ll learn:

  • how to deal with distractions
  • how to cultivate a healthy business
  • how your own personality can lead you to, well, win

The episode where this hosting pair answers 10 vital productivity questions stands out – you’ll learn how to recover from a stressful day, how to encourage your team to be more responsible, and the optimal number of goals you should set per year.

Panel Discussions

Masters of Scale

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Host(s): Reid Hoffman

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.7

Type of podcast: Panel discussions

Number of episodes: 50+

One of the best episodes: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in Imperfect is Perfect

Masters of Scale is helmed by the co-founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman –  in each episode, he hosts successful entrepreneur who help get to the bottom of how to develop, maintain, and expand a successful business.

The podcast promises to commit to a gender balance when it comes to guests, and delivers on that promise – so far, Hoffman has interviewed Mark Zuckerberg, Eric Schmidt, Sara Blakely, Sheryl Sandberg, and many others inspiring business people.

And, there are regular cameos from other entrepreneurs who join in the discussion – so, you’ll have a chance to enjoy fairly regular cameos from Bill Gates, Margaret Heffernan, Brian Chesky, and the like.

For example, the Mark Zuckerberg episode offers a nice insight into how he started his career, how he developed Facebook, and how to know when your product is perfect enough to get released.

Smart Passive Income

the smart passive income podcast

Host(s): Pat Flynn

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.8

Type of podcast: Panel discussions

Number of episodes: 300+

One of the best episodes: SEO simplified – with Tim from Ahrefs

The Smart Passive Income podcast is an extension of the Smart Passive Income blog by Pat Flynn – here, Flynn talks about every marketing tip and strategy you need to know to start and maintain an online business and/or blog.

The topics covered are select but multipurpose – you’ll learn more about:

  • outsourcing
  • crowdsourcing
  • SEO
  • Social Media
  • other podcasts
  • niche sites
  • and affiliate marketing, among other ways to sustain a passive income

The highlight episode features Tim Soulo from Ahrefs – he reveals select tips and tricks on how to plan and implement an effective SEO strategy, including insights on keyword research, SEO competition, and content planning.

Simplify from Blinkist


Host(s): Ben Schuman-Stoler and Caitlin Schiller

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.7

Type of podcast: Panel discussions

Number of episodes: 40+

One of the best episodes: David Allen: Your Brain is Not a Hard Drive

Simplify offers an alternative way to tackle your problems with habits, happiness, health, and thought.

Ben Schuman-Stoler and Caitlin Schiller walk you through these solutions with renewed guests, such as David Allen, Gretchen Rubin, Rebecca Traister, Dan Ariely, Sarah Knight, and many more.

Specific topics include insights into how to:

  • maximize your impact
  • create your own food rules
  • speak the uncomfortable truth
  • start your day right
  • read smarter

The episode that you should check out is the one with David Allen, the originator of the concept of Getting Things Done, where he explains why our brains aren’t wired as hard drives.

The Upgrade (by Lifehacker)

the upgrade lifehacker

Host(s): Melisa Kirsch and Alice Bradley

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.6

Type of podcast: Panel discussions

Number of episodes: 200+

One of the best episodes: How to Hack your Life, With Tim Ferriss

The Upgrade by Lifehacker features two hosts who bring in guests to talk about topics that help “upgrade” your life – you get tips, tricks, and hacks on a variety of different subjects.

You’ll learn:

  • how to be happy
  • how to improve your money management
  • how science explains why some people are constantly anxious

You’ll also get to enjoy comedic takes on topics such as how to fail (explained by comedians).

In the highlighted episode, you’ll get compelling insights into the mind of fellow podcaster Tim Ferriss, and learn about the beliefs and behaviors that shaped his life for the better.

Self-Made Man

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Host(s): Mike Dillard

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.8

Type of podcast: Panel discussions

Number of episodes: 90+

One of the best episodes: This is the Future of Marketing… With Joe Schriefer

The podcast Self-Made Man provides insights into the best ways to improve various aspects of your life – business, relationships, finance, and health, are the topics frequently covered.

Each episode features experts in a field who offer mentorship advice on subjects such as:

  • creating tax-free wealth
  • why it’s important to be different
  • how to bounce back after bankruptcy
  • how to master influencer marketing

One particularly insightful episode features Dillard discussing cutting-edge innovations that will shape the future of online marketing, with Joe Schriefer.

a16z Podcast

a16z podcast

Produced by: Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.5

Type of podcast: Panel discussions

Number of episodes: 250+

One of the best episodes: Talent, Tech Trends, and Culture — With Ben, Mark, and Tyler Cowen

a16z is a productivity podcast with an emphasis on technology – multiple experts in the industry, leaders in business, and similar professionals gather each episode to discuss tech innovations and cutting-edge trends.

The topics range from ways to capitalize on an autonomous vehicle future, to crypto networks as emerging economies – and there’s even a podcast episode about podcasting.

The standout episode features the podcast’s founders, Andreessen and Horowitz, as they join economy expert Tyler Cowen to discuss the evolution of VC – and the extent to which tech trends influence various business industries.

Mac Power Users

mac power users

Host(s): David Sparks and Stephen Hackett

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.8

Type of podcast: Panel discussions

Number of episodes: 470+

One of the best episodes: Revisiting Music Management

Mac Power Users is a podcast aimed at (you’ve guessed it) Mac and Apple users – each episode has another aspect of Apple technologies discussed at length, and there are a lot of expert guests to weigh in.

You’ll learn how to use your iPad as a Laptop, how to produce and publish your music on iPhone and iPad, as well as gain insight into lots and lots of fun, new trends.

One great episode centers around music management – you’ll learn more about Apple Music, what changed with the emergence of iTunes Match, and how to perfect audio in your home and car.

Solo Commentary

The Paul Minors Podcast

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Host(s): Paul Minors

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.5

Type of podcast: Solo commentary

Number of episodes: 120+

One of the best episodes: How to balance business growth with lifestyle & happiness

The Paul Minors Podcast is a work-life balance podcast of a self-confessed productivity enthusiast. In each episode, Paul Minors scrutinizes the best tips, tricks, and hacks that help increase productivity, ease automation and optimize his (and, in extension, your) time.

The topics include (but are not limited to) useful gems such as:

  • how to overcome self-doubt
  • how to reduce your inbox time to 30 mins
  • insights into the bitcoin market
  • how to balance technology and mindfulness

Occasionally, Minors brings in guests that are experts in a subject, to share their wisdom.

One especially interesting episode deals with the ways you can balance the growth of your business with your private life – Minors discusses this topic with Dr. Mike Ashby.

Nonfiction narrative story-telling

How I Built This with Guy Raz

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Host(s): Guy Raz

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.8

Type of podcast: Nonfiction narrative story-telling

Number of episodes: 150+

One of the best episodes: LinkedIn: Reid Hoffman

The How I Built This podcast offers an insight into the lives of famous and successful entrepreneurs – each episode has host Guy Raz narrate the stories behind renewed companies and the people who built them.

The episodes cover a range of industries and companies, so you can listen to the stories about:

  • Melanie Perkins of Canva
  • Perry Chen of Kickstarter
  • Angie Hicks of Angie’s List
  • John Zimmer of Lyft
  • Haim Saban, the producer of the Power Rangers TV show

Each episode also has a postscript in the form of the segment “How You Built That”, where creatives from various industries talk about their own businesses.

The episode covering the story of LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman is especially recommended  – you’ll learn everything about Hoffman, from his prophetic visions and ideas in the 90s to the time he sold LinkedIn to Microsoft.

Hybrid podcasts

Gary Vee Audio Experience

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Host(s):  Gary Vaynerchuck

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.9

Type of podcast: Hybrid

Number of episodes: 300+

One of the best episodes: Clarifying my thoughts on hard work, hustle, and happiness

The GaryVee Audio Experience is an expansion of the ##AskGaryVee Show by Gary Vaynerchuk, a CEO, entrepreneur, public speaker, investor, and vlogger.

Apart from tested insights from the old show, you’ll get:

  • keynote speeches concerning business and marketing
  • excerpts from Vaynerchuck’s DAILYVEE video series
  • segments from his past interviews

The topics are diverse and packed in crisp formats – you’ll get 23 minutes on how to be a successful young hustler, quick insight in what people are going to think of you if you lose, and learn the importance of having and pursuing a hobby.

The must-see episode features GaryVee clarifying what you shouldn’t do, if you want to succeed in work and life – highlights include tips on how to stop complaining, judging, and making excuses for your actions, but also other people.

Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod

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Host(s): Hal Elrod

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.8

Type of podcast: Hybrid

Number of episodes: 180+

One of the best episodes: How to Turn Reading Books into Taking Action

The Achieve Your Goals podcast covers a wide range of topics meant to help you reach your dreams, and feel fulfilled overall.

Hal Elrod is the bestselling author of the books The Miracle Morning and the Miracle equation –  each episode, he provides new insights meant to help motivate and inspire you to put your plans, dreams, and goals into action.

Sometimes, he talks about his previous interviews or brings in inspiring guests.

You’ll learn:

  • how and why to meditate
  • how to build and monetize your brand
  • how to make meaningful changes in your life

How to Turn Reading Books into Taking Action is an especially interesting topic and episode, as it clarifies how you can implement what you find in self-development books – instead of just reading them, which is what most people do.

5 AM Miracle

5am miracle

Host(s):  Jeff Sanders

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.8

Type of podcast: Hybrid

Number of episodes: 300+

One of the best episodes: Morning 101: How to Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast

The 5 AM Miracle podcast is aimed at morning larks and everyone who aspires to be one – Jeff Sanders offers tools, tricks, tips, and hacks that are meant to help you perform quality work before breakfast.

Sanders sometimes offers solo commentary on the episodes’ topics, but also frequently brings in guests to share their opinions and expertise.

You’ll learn:

  • how to wake up earlier and change time zones
  • how to generate new ideas
  • how to do what you don’t want to
  • how to find the ideal career

The Morning 101: How to Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast episode serves as an introductory one, and you’re best to start with it – you’ll learn some more about how Sanders started the concept (and, in extension, the podcast).

Love Your Work with David Kadavy

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Host(s): David Kadavy

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.9

Type of podcast: Hybrid

Number of episodes: 170+

One of the best episodes: Use Task Transitions to Optimize Your Creative Flow

Love Your Work offers actionable advice on how to succeed as a creative entrepreneur and how to capitalize on new exciting ideas – all while loving what you do.

The episodes feature solo commentary on a topic, or talks with expert guests, such as Steve Case, Seth Goding, and James Altucher, among others. The topics are varied, so you’ll hear tips from scientists, chefs, dancers, Hollywood set designers, and best-selling authors.

The standout episode, Use Task Transitions to Optimize Your Creative Flow, deals with creating a productivity system – you’ll learn what to do with those small spaces you have between two tasks, from taking a break to moving forward.

Getting Things Done

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Host(s): Jason Atwood

iTunes Rating: ★★★★☆ 4.3

Type of podcast: Hybrid

Number of episodes: 45+

One of the best episodes: Daily Habits with Charles Duhigg

Getting Things Done covers everything related to the Getting Things technique – you’ll hear success stories, as well as practical tips and hacks meant to help veteran practitioners of the GTD system and beginners alike.

You’ll learn:

  • how to implement GTD in creative industries
  • how to deal with competing priorities
  • how to streamline your email communication
  • how to make changes stick

One recommendable episode has David Allen himself, and Charles Duhigg, the author of the book Daily Habits, discuss how daily decisions influence our lives on a whole.

The Accidental Creative

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Host(s): Todd Henry

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.5

Type of podcast: Hybrid

Number of episodes: 45+

One of the best episodes: Chasing Dreams (and When To Quit)

The Accidental Creative deals with productivity tips, tricks, and hacks for people in the creative business. Each episode has host Todd Henry (author of the book “The Accidental Creative”) interview leading artists, authors, and leaders in business, or talk about his own actionable advice.

Specifically, you’ll learn:

  • how to save your team’s time and attention
  • how to master the art of completing conversations
  • how to gain creative focus
  • how to improve your daily writing and build creative confidence

One eye-opening episode you should definitely check out has Henry discuss when it’s time to stop chasing your dreams (and pursue a more effective path).

Talk Shows

Back to Work

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Host(s): Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 4.7

Type of podcast: Talk Show

Number of episodes: 400+

One of the best episodes: Anxiety’s a Goat

Back to Work is an easy-going podcast about a variety of topics – the two hosts, Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin, discuss productivity, work, communication, constraints in work and life, and more.

The episodes cover these topics in a laid back fashion – you’ll hear:

  • discussions about holidays
  • updates on new iPads and Cupertino hardware
  • headphone preferences
  • blog recommendations
  • how to use Siri on Apple Watch

The episode Anxiety’s Goat is a special treat – you’ll learn valuable insights into the problem of anxiety, compulsive thoughts, and how to start solving a big problem.

Relatively Productive

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Host(s): Daniel van der Merwe and Jacob Pretorious

iTunes Rating: ★★★★★ 5

Type of podcast: Talk show

Number of episodes: 9+

One of the best episodes: Karma Bundles

Relatively Productive is another podcast that handles the topic of productivity in a conversational manner. The two hosts frequently chat about and discuss actionable advice on how to deal with common challenges in work and life, such as distractions, expensive technology, setting goals, and more.

In general, you’ll learn:

  • Why coding may help tell programmers how they feel
  • How to launch what you’re working on for the public to see (even if you’re scared to do so)
  • How to set and manage goals

In general, the two hosts propose productivity-related hypotheses, test them out, and then discuss them in their podcast episodes.

The standout episode, Karma Bundles, has Jacob and Daniel talk in great length about the usefulness of passion in work. You’ll learn why it’s best to work on adding value without expecting anything in return, why people are like houses who need redecorating from time to time, and why it’s better to perfect skills on something you like than to pursue your passions at all cost.

YouTube channels

Smarter every day

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Host(s):  Destin Sandlin

Number of subscribers: 6.5 million

Number of videos: 290+

Category: Science & Technology

One of the best videos: The Backwards Brain Bicycle

Smarter Every day is a YouTube channel that shows you the world explored through science – Destin Sandlin, a US engineer and science communicator posts educational videos on a range of topics meant to help you learn something new and unexpected.

The topic list is long, so you’ll learn:

  • how to manipulate the Twitter and YouTube platforms to your marketing benefit
  • how to build a 4K computer
  • how to survive when strapped in a sinking helicopter
  • what you can learn from an exploding banana (if you don’t want to eat it)

The video Backwards Brain Bicycle offers an interesting concept meant to help explain how your brain works – you’ll see how Sandlin fares with a bike where he has to turn the handlebar to the left in order to go to the right, and why knowledge and understanding are not the same. You’ll also learn why it’s possible to forget how to ride a bike – despite the common saying that you can’t.

College Info Geek

college info geek

Host(s):  Thomas Frank

Number of subscribers: 48K

Number of videos: 270+

Category: Education

One of the best videos: How to Build Strong Habits

The College Info Geek is mostly aimed at students – through the explored concepts are applicable at any age.

You’ll learn how to study in a more quality way, how to be more productive in general, and how to upgrade and maintain the skills that will help you land the job you want.

Specifically, each episode is handled as an informal conversation –  Thomas Frank explains:

  • the ways to capture inspiration when it comes
  • how to expand your dorm room project to a viable real-life business
  • how to argue the right way
  • how to manage stress

How to Build Strong Habits is one great episode you can start with – you’ll learn how to cultivate good habits and get rid of bad ones, how to motivate yourself to stick to a habit, and what makes a great habit great in the first place.

Improvement Pill

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Host(s):  Richard

Number of subscribers: 1.4M

Number of videos:130+

Category: Education

One of the best videos: How to Predict the Future

Improvement Pill features bite-size educational videos on a variety of subjects – you’ll get tips and tricks on how to solve everyday problems, learn new skills, and improve your everyday life.

You’ll learn:

  • about the habits of successful people
  • how to fall asleep faster
  • how to find a purpose in life
  • how hard you really need to work
  • the 4 types of books you have to read
  • why kindergarteners can sometimes outperform CEOs

How to Predict the Future is one interesting episode worth checking out (and it has nothing to do with magical prophets) – you’ll learn about the ability to see how things will work out months or years from now, and how you can benefit from this knowledge.



Host(s):  Michelle Barnes

Number of subscribers: 308K

Number of videos: 210+

Category: Howto & Style

One of the best videos: How to Stick to Your Weekly Schedule

MuchelleB is a collection of videos meant to help inspire you to live a better, more productive, and richer life.

You’ll learn:

  • how to plan the ultimate self-care day
  • how to take action on what you learn
  • how to make your space more productive and clutter-free
  • how to wake up at 5 AM
  • how to simplify your days

How to Stick to Your Weekly Schedule is a nice video to start with – you’ll learn how to create a good schedule that helps you reach your goals, what you need to do in order to go through with your to-do lists, and how accountability fits in with all that.

Thomas Frank

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Host(s):  Thomas Frank

Number of subscribers: 1.4M

Number of videos: 180+

Category: Education

One of the best videos: How to Stop Being Tired All the Time

The Thomas Frank YouYube channel is an extension of the College Geek Info channel – you’ll get even more tips and techniques on how to be more productive, either at school or in the real world.

The topics covered include:

  • how to learn faster with the Richard Feynman technique
  • how to remember more when reading a book
  • how to avoid feeling overwhelmed
  • how to be more disciplined with your tasks

The standout episode, How to Stop Being Tired All the Time, helps you realize why you’re constantly tired, how to make the most of your natural sleep cycle, and why alarm clocks aren’t your best friend when it comes to starting your day right.

Productivity game

the productivity game

Host(s):  Nathan Lozeron

Number of subscribers: 122K

Number of videos: 95+

Category: Productivity book reviews

One of the best videos: Zero to One by Peter Thiel

The Productivity Game is your hack to the gist of various productivity and self-development books – in each video, the channel’s author Nathan Lozeron scrutinizes a different book for the most actionable advice.

These bite-size book overviews include bestsellers such as:

  • 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson
  • Mindset by Carol Dweck
  • Innovation 101: Competing against Luck by Clayton Christensen
  • Unlimited Memory by Kevin Horsley

There are a lot of interesting book overviews, depending on your interests, and Zero to One by Peter Thiel is one of the classics – you’ll get the gist on the best (but counterintuitive) ways to start a business, such as how Airbnb and Uber made you trust strangers, and why Netflix is so popular.



Host(s):  Aileen Xu

Number of subscribers: 826K

Number of videos: 370+

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One of the best videos: How to Make Time for Everything You Want To Do

Lavandaire is another lifestyle YouTube channel meant to help you improve your life, and make it more productive – there’s a variety of topics covered, with an emphasis on cultivating a self-care routine whatever you do.

You’ll learn:

  • how to understand what you want to do in life
  • how to make a vision board
  • how to plan your life
  • how to master your mindset

If you usually don’t have the time for everything and everyone, then check out the video How To Make Time for Everything You Want To Do – you’ll get some time management and planning advice, but also an exercise that can help you organize and schedule in the future.