It is an interesting word come to be defined as finding a way to complete a task within the capacity of the day.
Efficiency truly depends on how much allotted time you have provided yourself, as of one of the greatest arguements in favor of the pomodoro method is setting a time frame to compleete a task, in addition to a ticking clock counting down your seconds, will yield in the quicker completion of that task in comparison to simply sitting down with a to-do list.
How many times do we complete a task in a much more efficient time frame when there are other things to be done? Effieicny is redefined for me everyday, depending on what is expected for me and what I expect for myself that particular day.
Personally, I am constantly in pursuit of efficiency. Within everything I do. I want be be done, move on to the more exciting components of my day, such as creation or ideation.
I have come to find that creativity in itself is quick, it is full of bursts of inspiration, resulting in masterpieces. As a creative, I assume you understand the desire to create, to share, always.
But within podcasting, similarly to everything I do, i have found, fine tuned, and still search for a system of effiency. In this post, my knowledge learned is yours acquired.
Embedded throughout the post are podcasts I have been enjoying, enjoy.
Notion, whether used on browser or desktop has been substantial in my system from planning and ideation to writing. It is a blank slate, a place that allots for things to be moved around, created, and writting within. For example each month I create a calendar. And within that calendar I plan out podcasts, blog posts, videos, newsletters which all contain writing. If i have a quick idea for a particular unwritten post, I write it within the calendar block and complete the writing later. There a many features, ones that I even use for my graduate clases, but for creation I have enjoyed the calendar feature the most.
Descript, also available for download, transcibes audio into text. What! Do you know how much time is cut down when I can. search for filler words and cut them at once! It is extremely helpful- given you have an audio only podcast. Once I started doing video, it was not as seamless. But audio only is brief, effiencent, and I do miss it.
Garageband is were I record my episodes. I enjoy the notes feature to the right of it, as well as the ability to overlay audio. Even the timebar at the top has come to be helpful when recording with someone else, to gauge our time frame without having to be distracted.
Although I have experienced some distressing qualms with this app, it has been the lace where I combine audio and video, add in visuals, and create something that is (somewhat) seamless. I am still getting used to it, but so far I like the design features of the app, and it is pretty user friendly.
I used to spend h o u r s finding the perfect “no copyright” background music for intros, transitions, the whole nine. This site has a multitude of available tracks for use, which has cut down the time I spend on that search.
Anchor is a straightforward, beginner friendly and free site that creates a rss feed, distributes your podcast for you, and even provides metrics and data. Too good to be free.
Canva is a place of templates, designs, blank pages, for one to create all things promotion. From thumbnails, to promotion pieces, I make everything in Canva and it invites those who are not graphic design experts to create beautiful graphics as well.
I hope these recommendations helped, as they shifted my process from less time spent on editing and uploading to more time spent what is meant to be done. Creation.
In which every capacity you create, I hope these allow you do pursue that fully. The act of creation, at least, rather than the daunting task of prodcution and posting.