Podcasts and productivity – listen while you work

A guest blog post from Steve Searle

For my first blog post for Distant Future, I thought I would mention my love of listening to podcasts.  Listening to podcasts really helps me focus on the particular job in hand.  It makes me more productive and I get in the zone of what I am doing.

However it is best advised to only listen on the right type of job.  Writing proposals or emails, doing ‘lip-sync’ animation or anything where you need to constantly listen to an audio track, then obviously podcasts will get in the way.

A lot of people will argue that you should not listen to anything at all whilst at work, as it will be a distraction in itself.  But everyone works differently.

A scientific study found that 48% of people found other people talking to be the most distracting thing whilst they are at work.  I guess, then, I’m in the other 52% because I love it.  I enjoy listening to podcasts, they make me happy and we all know that a happy worker is a good worker.

“Some workers plug in their earbuds to escape an environment that’s too noisy – or too quiet – or to make a repetitive job more lively.”

Amisha Padnani, The New York Times

Don’t just take it from me

To back up what I’m saying a bit more, take a look at an article in The New York Times’ archives – ‘The Power of Music, Tapped in a Cubicle’.  In the post, the author discusses a report which says that listening to music encourages the release of dopamine in the reward area of the brain.  I think podcasts do the same thing for me!

Listening can make us happier.

Inspiring my work

As well as giving me focus, podcasts also help me to be constantly inspired and creative.

The posts I listen to are not all animation-related, but still really help me with my creativity.

Sometimes the subject is something that I am not really into, but then I still subliminally learn something new as well.

This can be a bonus, and hey, might even give you bragging rights in the office every now and again!


Steve Searle was one of the founders of Distant Future Animation Studio.

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