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15 Mind-Blowing And Life-Enhancing Podcasts That Will Make Commuting Meaningful

15 Mind-Blowing And Life-Enhancing Podcasts That Will Make Commuting Meaningful

Meaningful podcasts for your daily commute can make and enhance your mind at the same time. Boring commute? Sick and tired of watching the same old route? Vehicles filled with unhappy faces as you crawl along to work? It’s an unavoidable circumstance. You have to get to work and often, there is no way around the way you have to go. Change up your normal listening experience (like that boring old “Morning Zoo” show) and try tuning into a few podcasts.

Enhance that dull commuteand make your commuting experience a life-enhancing experience, as well as, meaningful.

Meaningful Podcasts:

Quit listening to the same old radio stations and try a mind-blowing podcast instead. Whether you use iTunes or Android daily podcasts await, to keep your mind occupied through meaningful podcasts.

15. Stuff To Blow Your Mind

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    Stuff To Blow Your Mind

    includes:

    14. The Age Of Persuasion
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      The Age Of Persuasion keeps you occupied with:

      (Though “The Age Of Persuasion” radio series has retired since 2013, you can still enjoy the past episodes for some mind-blowing podcasts!)

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      13. White Coat, Black Art

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        White Coat Black Art

        keeps your mind off of the traffic jam with:

        12. Risk!

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          Think you’ve got it bad? Take a listen to Risk! and hear the true exploits of others:

          11. Point Of Inquiry

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            Interested in topics regarding politics, religion, science and more?Point of Inquiry features:

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            10. Nerdette

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              Avid reader? Or just love vegging out on the couch with your fave series? Then Nerdette offers:

              9. The Grantland Network

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                The Grantland Network

                offers a sample of talks across several genres, from Hollywood to all things sports.. Some topics presented:

                8. Stuff You Should Know

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                  Stuff You Should Know

                  is all about two guys tellin’ you what you should know! Topics include:

                  7. Stuff You Missed In History Class

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                    These meaningful podcasts are suitable even for those who hated history class. Topics include:

                    6. You Look Nice Today: A Journal Of Emotional Hygiene

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                      You Look Nice Today

                      is an amazing podcast that assists in keeping you emotionally healthy. Topics include:

                      5. How Did This Get Made

                      Feed your brain with How Did This Get Made. Learn and laugh as you commute with topics like:

                      4. Science Friday

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                        Take advantage of the great podcasts offered at Science Friday. Hot topics have been:

                        3. 99% Invisible

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                          99% Invisible

                          is the podcast that tunes you in to topics you don’t think about everyday. Past topics:

                          2. Travel In 10

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                            Enjoy traveling all over the world with Travel in 10. Recent podcosts have included:

                            1. IronDove

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                              IronDove

                              focuses on building a community of folks interested in social justice. Previous podcasts have included:

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                              Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                              Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                              Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                              Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                              So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                              Joe’s Goals

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                                Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                Daytum

                                  Daytum

                                  is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                  Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                  Excel or Numbers

                                    If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                    What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                    Evernote

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                                      I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                      Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                      Access or Bento

                                        If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                        Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                        You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                        Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                        All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                        Conclusion

                                        I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                        What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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