As we closed out the 2010s decade, I discovered the world of podcasts and immediately got hooked. Through growing my Instagram, I found that one of the pages I follow: @bossbabe.inc., did weekly podcasts. Therefore, I gave it a try and listened. Very quickly I realized that listening to podcasts is such a wonderful use of time, and here’s why.
You Get What You What-Gone are the days where you need flip through radio channels to look for something decent to listen to. Now, you can literally choose that at your fingertips. I’m still very new to the world of podcasts, but the number of topics are endless. Simply search what you are looking for and so many options come up. Personally, I have an interest in the fashion and beauty space, so I listen to “The Business of Fashion Podcast” to know more about it. I’m also passionate about mental health and constantly working on myself to move forward. For that, I listen to “On Purpose with Jay Shetty.”
Conversational-Unlike audiobooks, podcasts are typically conversations with multiple individuals going back and forth discussing a topic. The natural flow of conversation makes the podcast less structured and easier to listen to. I really like listening to “The BossBabe Podcast With Natalie and Danielle” and “A Pretty Big Deal with Ashley Graham.” I love the interviewees they bring on, and learning peoples’ stories of how people got to where they are.
Excellent for Multi-Tasking-In our day-to-day lives, there are a number of tasks we do that don’t require significant brain power, such as commuting or doing household chores. Podcasts are a great way to pass the time. They allow you engage in an enlightening conversation about any topic of your choosing, while you get that extremely boring and mundane task done. Personally, I listen to podcasts while putting fresh laundry away. I’m constantly moving around, yet I can still listen to something while doing so.
Learn Something New-Whether it is something you’re passionate about or staying updated on current events; podcasts offer more in-depth explanations and debates on all types of subjects, allowing you to expand your knowledge on a subject in the best way possible. One podcast that has expanded my knowledge on all kinds of topics is “Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness“. Every week, he picks a random topic and brings and expert on his show to discuss it. I’ve learned about stuff I never even knew by simply listening.
Something for Everyone-Finally, one of the best things about podcasts is that there is something for everyone. I had the pleasure of discovering a podcast called “The Woke Desi“, which is by two American Desi women (like me), discussing all topics related to being within the South Asian Culture in the United States. Seriously, for someone like me, what could be more relatable than that?
No matter what age and stage of life you’re in, there’s definitely a podcast out there for you. So next time you’re stuck in traffic or trying to do your laundry, give podcasts a try! You’ll be amazed at what you discover!