10 Must-Watch YouTube Channels for Productivity and Self-Improvement

A collection of some of the best minds on YouTube.

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Productivity is a journey. It’s a work in progress that needs periodic refinement. There are lots of places you can get ideas on how to tweak your productivity system, but YouTube has been one of the most useful ones for me.

If you subscribe to the right channels, you will get a regular stream of new content that you can use to inspire, energize, and refine your process. To help you get started, here are ten of my favorite YouTube channels for productivity and self-improvement.

1. Thomas Frank

With 2.4 million subscribers, Thomas Frank is one of the best-known productivity experts on YouTube. He has a knack for breaking down complex ideas into simple, easy-to-follow advice. So whether you are in high school, college, self-employed, or working full-time, there is something here for you. Frank has a regular release schedule, so you can expect a few videos a month.

2. muchelleb

Michelle is an Australian YouTuber who makes content about self-compassionate productivity and behavior change through experimentation. On her YouTube channel, you will find videos about creating a life you love, building better habits, and productivity tips that everyone can embrace. Michelle currently releases about one new video a week.

3. Keep Productive

Keep Productive is a UK-based productivity channel that is hosted by Francesco D’Alessio. It’s a tech-focused channel that devotes a lot of time to finding the latest and greatest apps that will help improve your productivity. Expect news, tutorials, and in-depth reviews. If you like what you see, you can also read articles from Francesco right here on Medium!

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4. Productivity Game

Nathan Lozeron describes himself as a student, engineer, project manager, entrepreneur, and storyteller. He is also the host of Productivity Game, a YouTube channel that summarizes the best non-fiction books so you can live a more productive and fulfilling life. Make sure to check the description under each video for a one-page PDF summary of the book in the video.

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5. Mariana’s Corner

Mariana is a productivity coach and consultant who has amassed years of great content on her YouTube channel, Mariana’s Corner. The videos she creates revolve around topics like notetaking, study tips, and self-learning. Mariana covers everything from bullet journalling to daily routines and just about everything else in between. It’s a YouTube productivity channel that should definitely be on your watchlist.

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6. Vihan Chelliah

Some YouTube channels don’t get the attention they deserve. Vihan Chelliah’s channel is an excellent example of that. His videos are exceptionally well-produced, and they cover a broad spectrum of productivity and time-management tips that I always find helpful. The video below, How to Prioritize Tasks at Work, is an excellent example of that.

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7. Simpletivity

Scott Friesen runs the Simpletivtiy YouTube channel. He creates videos on the tools that you use every day: Google Workspace, Zoom, Microsoft Office, Chrome, Trello, and more. Simpletivity videos will teach you new things about the apps you already use and give you the tips you need to be more productive with them. The videos are always clear and easy to follow.

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8. Matt D’Avella

Matt D’Avella is a filmmaker, YouTuber & entrepreneur that explores things like minimalism, productivity, and habits on his YouTube channel. Some of his most popular videos are based on experiments to try and be more productive or find a better way to live your life. For instance, he tested the popular productivity trope of waking up early for 30 days. Was it beneficial? Watch his video to find out!

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9. Carl Pullein

Carl started his productivity journey as a GTD enthusiast, but, like many people, his system evolved, and he is now more focused on a minimalist approach to productivity. With twenty years of teaching and coaching practice, there is always something to be learned from Carl Pullein. His videos are a nice mix of the strategies and the tools he uses.

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10. Jeff Su

Jeff Su is a full-time Product Marketer, but he makes YouTube videos on how to be more productive at work in his spare time. His videos are fun to watch and always positive and upbeat. He also has a great sense of humor! Subscribe to Jeff’s channel for workplace productivity and top tips for your favorite technology tools.

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Podcasts Are Great too!

YouTube is a great place to find actionable ideas to boost your productivity, but podcasts can be an equally useful medium. With millions of podcasts to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start, so let me help.

Read 10 Podcasts for Productivity & Self-Improvement to get some ideas for some new shows you can subscribe to. And if you need more inspiration, Medium has you covered with, 10 Writers to follow for Productivity Advice.

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