With wedding season in full swing, my editing schedule is piling up and I am witnessing my calendar fill with editing deadlines. Can you feel the anxiety building? I have great news, we are in this together my fellow small business owners! I love that every single business model has a season and, especially in photography, it is crucial to stay focussed and as productive as possible in peak as well as the slower seasons.
One of my productivity hacks are to have some form of background noise. Weird I know, but I got used to the constant background noise in Studio when I studied Architecture. When things are super quiet, it creeps me out and my subconscious thinks, something is wrong. I used to binge stream Friends and How I met your Mother, until I could repeat the dialogue in real time, and that's when I knew it was time for a little digging to find other avenues to assist my mind in focussing on the tasks at hand. Podcasts were a game changer, not only did it eliminate the need to look at a episode's visuals, it still ensured I had enough background chatter to focus on my work.
PODCASTS SAVED MY BUSINESS (+ MY PRODUCTIVITY)
Yup, you've read correctly! I have found that listening to podcasts, improves my focus (and I'm less inclined to shop online, because I'm 'chatting' with someone about my business). Most of the topics and discussions on the podcasts I listen to, have this 'magic power' to trigger important decisions, if only on a subconscious level.
So today, I'd love to share my TOP 5 Business Podcasts, which I cannot stop listening to;
THE HEART & HUSTLE PODCAST by Evie Rupp & Lindsey Roman
They out as Destination Elopement Photographers and pivoted their businesses to be Educators. Every Tuesday they share important business advice and interview Industry Experts. Their approach is fun and conversational, like having a cuppa coffee with your best friend in your lounge. Brace yourself for lots of energy, laughs and real business talk.
THE BUSINESS OF FASHION
This one is a goody! A podcast which delivers a weekly episode of thoughtful editorial stories and fashion-oriented perspectives in a fresh and new way.
This podcast is an essential resource for fashion creatives, and entrepreneurs. I really enjoy the diversity of people being interviewed and the topics discussed is fresh and thought provoking.
Gary is my hero! He has an unshakeable belief in his abilities and a brazen delivery )read straight shooter), but he speaks so much business truth (even if it hurts). He utilised online marketing strategies to grow his family's wine business from $3 million to $60 million, and became an online marketing legend. In his audio experience, he doesn't hold back and is keen to share tips from his own business journey.
THE GOAL DIGGER PODCAST by Jenna Kutcher
In the words of Jenna; her podcast offers a live workshop-style platform where you can train from the experts how to dig in, do the work, and tackle your biggest goals along the way. It is exactly that! This podcast answers some of the most important business questions and delivers tips to help you start your dream business.
A podcast with a Masterclass approach where you can learn first-hand from Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders who tell it like it is. (I enjoy real, authentic - no nonsense- discussions ;) Every interview leaves you with actionable advice (yes please!) for current and future entrepreneurs. Well worth a listen!
There you have it! These are my 5 go-to podcasts when I need to focus on hectic deadlines, while still growing my business behind the scenes.
Productivity Tip: Listen to podcasts at 1.5x speed - it takes a little while to get used to, but your brain has the ability to retain the info (even if it is delivered faster). A great episode on your brain's capabilities is Episode 19 of The Heart and Hustle Podcast.
Do you have any favourite Business related podcasts you think I would love? Please drop me the links in my inbox. Happy listening friends!
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