Housework sux. It has to be done, but it’s hard to get motivated right? One of the best ways to get motivated is to find a way to make mundane tasks enjoyable.
I wrote recently about my secret motivators for housework: podcasts and my fitbit. I also promised you that I’d be back with my top recommendations for podcasts to listen to when you are doing the housework.
I’ve got a variety of podcasts for you here: organising and cleaning the house, personal development, being a happy mum and I have a few for the bloggers and creative mums in business too.
On organising, cleaning and all things useful:
I fell in love with Straight and Curly from the first episode I listened to. This is an Australian podcast for “self improvement junkies”. The ladies who host it are funny, warm and clever. They are also super organised. I’m kind of a fan girl – if you are a bit of a type-A personality, listening to this podcast is like hanging out with like-minded friends. If you don’t consider yourself to be a self-improvement junky – don’t be put off. The hosts talk about things like creating habits, getting organised for christmas, goal setting and other useful things in a non-judgey way.
This one was recommended to me quite recently. I knew I would love it just by the title – being tidy doesn’t come naturally to me. I started at the beginning of the series and I’m working my way forward. The show started with a bang: if you are untidy that won’t change until you change. BOOM! A bigger house isn’t going to help me. I need to change. Sigh, butt kicked, let’s get this house organised. The host is a self-confessed slob, so it’s all very non-judgemental, it’s light and enjoyable. If you are a bit of a slob – this podcast will be good company for you whilst you are trying to get yourself sorted and you will pick up some great tips.
I’m still working my way through the catalogue. The series has finished (but it is still available to listen to, but the host speaks with organising professionals, designers and mindfulness teachers. They share useful tips that can be used by every day mums like you and me.
For mums who want to slow down:
The first episode of Let it be that I listened to was about finding your own version of success and not just doing things because you think its what you SHOULD do. Realising that success looks different for everyone has been hugely important for me in my balance seeking journey – if you know what matters to you, it is a lot easier to focus on those things and say no to the other stuff. If you want to slow down, I definitely recommend this podcast. These ladies are both busy mums, so they also get the whole busy mum concept.
Amy is a voice of calm in a busy, noisy world. I love her show. This is a great podcast to go to when you are wondering what on earth you are doing with your life and was parenting really meant to be this hard? Mornings are insane for me because we leave the house so early. Once I have dropped everyone else off, I love putting Amy’s podcast on for the rest of the drive (and then walk) to work. Her show brings me down from that anxious place I live in during the breakfast, get ready for school, daycare, work rush.
For bloggers, creatives and business mums
If you are a mum and you would like to start your own business or start making a coin from your hobby, this is my pick for you. The host, Tracy Harris, features mum business owners and entrepreneurs and chats to them about different aspects of their business. I’m always amazed by Tracy’s guests and how they make a living doing what they love. I always dreamed of writing for a living, but never considered it to be an option. Hearing Tracy’s guests talk about making a living outside the standard 9-5 box inspires me to pursue that dream. Listening to Tracy’s show is like hanging out with friends and you get free business tips what you’re at it. After a little dose of mums with hustle I always feel unstoppable. We mums are awesome! Go kick some ass lady.
I’m sure you won’t be surprised to see this on the list given that I dedicated an entire blogpost to talking about the reasons that I love this podcast! Suffice to say that I love the way that Alice looks at “success”, she doesn’t pretend that is easy to earn six figures from blogging and she’s gives actionable advice. I’ve learned a lot from this podcast.
Do you listen to any of these podcasts? Give them a go – I think you will be glad you did. Let me know what you think of them and if you have any other recommendations for me, just let me know!
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