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The Best Productive Podcasts

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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 2021

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 Podcast rankings can be seen below:

RankPodcast nameCategoryNumber of episodes* RatingNumber of reviews
1Entrepreneurs on Firebusiness careers19994.83500
2Mind Pump: Raw Fitness Truthhealth and fitness14804.86500
3Optimal Living Daily: Personal Development & Minimalismmental health18664.72700
4The Art of Manlinessphilosophy6794.710500
5Sleep With Memental health2004.613200
6The $100 MBA Showbusiness careers17324.91100
7Philosophize This!philosophy1494.811100
8The Rich Roll Podcastself-improvement5734.88000
9The Jordan Harbinger Showself-improvement4594.97700
10Vox Conversationsphilosophy4014.59100
11The Positive Head Podcastspirituality13714.81500
12Inspire Nation Show with Michael Sandlerspirituality15534.6636
13The Minimalists Podcastmental health3674.78000
14The Ross Bolen Podcastmental health3744.97300
15The Chalene Show | Diet, Fitness & Life Balancehealth and fitness6524.95300
16The Quote of the Day Show | Daily Motivational Talksself-improvement11114.92200
17Ben Greenfield Fitnesshealth and fitness9214.64000
18London Realhealth and fitness13584.61100
19Daily Meditation Podcastmental health15204901
20Barbell Shruggedhealth and fitness9104.82500

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.

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