As your podcast grows (yay!), so will your workload (uh oh). While sometimes it can be challenging to manage all of the big and small tasks that go along with building a podcast, there are many ways to stay positive. Here are the keys to successful productive podcasting.
Organization is key, and the more you get to know your own work habits and patterns, the more easily you’ll be able to slot in podcasting tasks throughout the weeks and months. In this article, we’ll be going through how to use regular editorial meetings, scheduling tools, and accountability partnerships to stay on top of your productive podcasting journey!
Hold Regular Editorial Meetings
Even if you’re a team of one, checking in and having regular planning sessions will give you a clear path forward. From production schedules to social media and all of the other things that go along with making a podcast. Staying organized will help you spend as much time as possible working on the content itself. Hello productive podcasting!
If you’re working in a team, it’s always a good idea to meet regularly and make sure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to content, tasks, and outreach. During these scheduled meetings, you’ll also be able to share what tasks you completed, where you saw snags in your own production process, and more. This helps you to flag any small issues that might be affecting productivity. Plus, it will help you to set goals for the next weeks or months of production and build out longer-term plans.
Sometimes it can be stressful to have nobody to bounce your ideas off of, and if you are a small team you risk developing an echo chamber of the same ideas. Also, any creator will tell you that procrastination can be a real challenge to meeting all of your monthly goals. Whether you’re a solocaster or have a team, working with an accountability coach is a great way to bring in fresh viewpoints and check whether or not you are on the right track. It can also help to keep you accountable and make sure you’re staying productive throughout the busy week. There are many online platforms for career or personal coaches where you can find someone to help you reach your productive podcasting goals and stay on top of it.
There are a number of online communities where podcasters can team up and keep each other on track by regularly checking in. Start by searching within your own podcasting community to see if there are other teams looking to hold regular check-in meetings. You can also find accountability partners through Audry. If you’ve already established a solid cross-promotion partnership with another podcast through the platform, see if they want to hold regular accountability meetings to check-in.
Take Record of Your Hours and Schedule In Time to Work on Your Podcast
Knowing how long it actually takes you to complete a particular task will enable you to plan ahead more effectively. This is especially for podcasters, since quite often we must juggle our podcast projects with jobs, family, children, and friends. The more you are able to accurately budget out time for the podcast, the more likely you’ll be to use that time effectively.
One of the reasons coworking spaces are so successful is because people enjoy working around others and thrive on the collective energy that comes with coworking. In 2020, a number of virtual coworking platforms, such as Makerpeer, gained popularity. Even if you don’t utilize a platform for virtual coworking, you can always set up a regular video call with a friend or colleague to cowork for a few hours. At the beginning of the call, check in with each other and declare what your main task will be. Edit your latest episode, send outreach emails, or script out a blurb for cross promotion. Throughout the coworking, you’ll have the muted call as a small window in the corner of your screen. While it can seem a bit awkward to be on a silent call at first, just seeing another person concentrating on a task will motivate you as well. At the end of the call you’ll check in again and tell each other what you accomplished. Monotasking for a few hours, even if you are stuck at home, will help you to with productive podcasting.
Get Ahead of Your Production Schedule
If you have a few weeks of downtime in between seasons or series, make sure to use your time effectively. You won’t always have that extra hour to work on a sponsor presentation or cross-promotion outreach plan, so try to get some tasks done when you’re not beholden to a rigid production schedule. Use your downtime to develop a concrete Trello plan or schedule social media posts for the next months. You can even use this time to build out a longer production plan and monthly tasks lists for the podcast. So that you can hit the ground running when you return to a regular publishing schedule.
Set Yourself Up For Success (No Matter How Small)
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – setting huge, lofty goals for yourself can lead to unneeded stress and burnout throughout your productive podcasting journey. While it’s important to keep your eye on the prize, stay motivated and positive by rewarding yourself for each benchmark you reach.
Establishing tangible and feasible goals for growth, partnerships, and other Key Performance Indicators – and then surpassing these goals – will give you the mental boost you need to continue making progress. Even if you have a few weeks where you’re not able to complete all of the podcast tasks you would have liked, start fresh by establishing new goals, rather than lamenting on all the things you didn’t do.
Everybody has slip-ups once in a while, so don’t be down on yourself if you weren’t able to finish a certain task or edit right on time. Your podcast, and audience, will thank you!