Anytime is a good time to begin listening to podcasts. The variety is astonishing. I have written about some of my favorites in 2016. Since then my list of favorites on the Stitcher listening app has more than doubled. (You can also listen to many of same podcasts from iTunes or direct from a website.)
Here is a quick summary of some of the ones I listen to regularly:
Everyday I listen to Side Hustle School with Chris Guillebeau. These short (5-8 minutes) podcasts are intended to spotlight ways you can start and succeed with your own side hustle. Chris Guillebeau is author of blog The Art of Non-Conformity and host of the World Domination Summit. The kinds of side hustles he features ranges from direct shipping crickets to a 400 client house cleaning service.
Once a week I listen to Radical Candor with Russ Laraway and Kim Scott with great advice to be a kick-ass manager. Both Side Hustle School and Radical Candor are part of the Onward Project by Gretchen Rubin. She has a podcast with her sister Elizabeth Craft called Happier with Gretchen Rubin (also recommended).
Depending on the guest I listen to Pop Culture Happy Hour or Dinner Party Download. These are magazine formats with different interviews and features. Each episode is about an hour, but you can listen to parts of it and return to it (Stitcher remembers where you left off) if you don't have time to listen to it all at once. Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin and the Ezra Klein Show feature one long interview with a guest. Both are intelligent and thoughtful interviewers, but I only listen if I am interested in the guest.
I also enjoy Rob Bell's Robcast; however, his podcasts are not on stitcher so I listen to them from his website.
These are just a few of the great podcasts you can try. Make a goal this week to get started and listen to one podcast.