I realize I probably only use 10% of what my iPhone is capable of – which really upsets my husband as I don’t use the calendar function AT ALL. (I still keep my appointments and reminders on an actual calendar. How old school of me?) But one thing I have been embracing is the voice memo function. This is especially useful on long drives when I have time to think – all by myself.

So I listen to podcasts or find random stations on XM radio like the “Oprah Channel” or “Doctors.” Man, that Oprah really gets you thinking.

Every so often a ‘brilliant’ idea pops in your head on these long drives and you think you’ll remember it later because it was so damn brilliant – but you won’t. Trust me. That’s where the voice memos come in. Yeah! I’m using a feature on my iPhone!

A month later, I’m listening to these memos as I need a spark of creativity to write a blog post. I hit “play” a couple of times. I mull it over. I start writing a draft on it…..and…it sucks. I’m not feeling it. I don’t know what the hell I was saying in that memo from a month ago or where I thought I was going. Hell, I should have just spoken the entire blog post in that memo right then and there.

Frustrating, right? Please tell me this happens to others.

I can’t tell you how many ideas pop in my head daily of “oh, that would make a great blog post.” But I never write them down. I never follow up on them. Some are just tiny sparks of inspiration and maybe its too new, too tender to write about yet.

But I’ll keep trying. If you have an easier or better way of capturing these moments of ‘brilliance,’ I’m all ears.

Speaking of podcasts, below is a list of podcasts I’m listening to right now – perhaps one will spark some new creativity or insightfulness in you too:

Social Media Marketing by Michael Stelzer – I was just recently turned on to this by a friend who says she’s diligent about listening to it weekly. I don’t really like podcasts that are more than 30 min long, I will fast-forward through ‘lags’ and yes, every podcast over 30 min has ‘lags.’

Motion Traxx – When I was training for my Run Crazy Horse Half Marathon, this podcast was a must! They have a free version and a paid version.

Talking Points – a local solopreneur just recently started this and so far its been very insightful.

Entrepreneur on Fire – I find the host to be a bit over the top, but his podcasts do get you riled up and going!

The Owner’s Mind – Chris Brogan’s podcast – he can get a little long on his talks too. I find myself fast forwarding quite a bit.

Jillian Michaels Show – It is so funny how opposite Jillian and I are. I mean, I’m a hunter and gun-owner, she would rather vomit a million times before hunting or probably touch a gun. But, she has quite a few redeeming qualities and her podcast is really entertaining and informational on the fitness side. I can’t stand the “Love Doctor” segments though. Ugh. (Could be because I’m happily married, so I don’t care to hear about other people’s problems, is she assuming that most of her listeners are unhappy in love? Hmm…)

Ted Talks – SO insightful. The only bummer is you can’t see the images as they are talking, but you can download them online later if you are really curious.

Podrunner – another great fitness app for those long workouts.

Creative Living with Jamie – fueling my creative side. Jamie talks to creative types all over the world in all sorts of capacities. Her guests are mostly women who own their own businesses – so its very inspirational and motivational for me as well.

Is there a podcast you really enjoy that I should add to my list? I’m all ears!!

1 Comment

  1. Sue Bookhout on December 2, 2014 at 10:26 am

    How did I miss this post. I’m the original podcast junkie. LOL. Thanks for the list Michelle. There are a couple that are new to me, that I’ll be sure to check out.

    You missed a biggie: The Smart Passive Income podcast by Pat Flynn (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/). I’ve also been getting into the $100 MBA by Omar Zenhom (http://100mba.net/).