• How mental shortcuts can help us avoid burnout How mental shortcuts can help us avoid burnout Master the art of productive generosity.Read more
  • A fail-proof trick to get your brain into flow every morning A fail-proof trick to get your brain into flow every morning When you are finishing work for the day, resist the temptation to reach a natural conclusRead more
  • The 8-minute trick that skyrocketed students' grades (and can help you too) Photo by saeed karimi on Unsplash When my book Time Wise was published in 2022, I was constantly being asked to give advice on topics like procrastination, prioritising deep and focused work over checking your social media feed or email, and how to have more effective and efficient meetings. Multiple times a day, in meetings with clients, interviews with journalists, and in conversations with friends, I would be asked to solve these problems. At the same time, I became aware of a strong need...Read more
  • A simple way to boost your brain power Getting off social media for one-week improves mood and self-esteem A study discovered that women aged 18-29 who took a one-week break from social media experienced a significant boost in self-esteem and body image. While this might not be surprising, this study is the first of its kind to investigate the impact of a short social media break on body image. If you are struggling with low mood or self-confidence, a short break from the socials might be just what the doctor ordered. Is ChatGPT...Read more
  • How to beat worrying Photo by Mike Dorner on Unsplash How to beat worrying As someone who has a tendency to worry (read: catastrophise), I found this post very helpful (and humorous). I will now be applying the magic question: Is there anything I can do about this? What does the future of work look like? My Inventium teammate Charlotte Rush has been leading a big research project to explore the biggest trends that are shaping the world of work in 2024 and beyond. You can check out 7 key insights that you need to...Read more
  • Surprising advice on how to become better at delegating Photo by Malvestida on Unsplash Why I am tracking my time again So many guests I have interviewed on How I Work (and often, tech Founder / CEO types), have told me about how and why they track their time. I have occasionally done this over the years - sometimes manually (and painfully) in Excel, and other times using clunky software. I have recently become interested (again) in where my time is going, as I am juggling quite a few different projects and some big deadlines. A few people I trust...Read more
  • Mastering the art of ending your day on a high note Photo by Nikolay on Unsplash During the Melbourne Covid lockdowns, I fell in love. With software. Specifically: Mmhmm. I did (and continue to do) so many virtual keynotes and I hated that the default setting in Zoom/Teams/Hangouts was for the presenter to become the size of a postage stamp the minute slides were shared. Mmhmm solved this problem for me. I love Mmhmm because I can pop my slides behind me (just like a real presentation) and I can be in the foreground (which helps immensely when...Read more
  • How to Future-Proof Your Organisation Photo by Simon Abrams on Unsplash Why time goes more quickly as we age Ever wondered why the years seem to pass so fast, the older we get? This piece gives some reasons and also some solutions to slow things down. The big one is to: “break the predictability and actively plan to be (massively) surprised”. The demise of social connections - and how AI is exploiting this I am a big Scott Galloway fan and I loved this piece about the vital importance of social connections for wellbeing, the...Read more
  • Have you overcommitted yourself? You need the Iceberg Yes A few years ago, I was asked to sit on the committee to review the MBA program of a prestigious Australian business school. I asked some vague questions about how much time would be required, but really, I was always going to say ‘yes’. Not only do I feel passionately about helping university students thrive in the business world, but Inventium had interviewed many MBA students from this university to fill consulting roles. As a result, I had some strong views on how this particular MBA...Read more
  • 100 things you might be taking for granted Photo by Soragrit Wongsa on Unsplash Do you need to shrink/edit/convert a PDF document? This free tool can do it all. If you work with PDF documents in your job or life (and really, who doesn’t?), you probably have experienced frustrations such as: How on earth do I shrink this document by 80%? How do I quickly combine these two PDFs into the one document? How do I pull out one page of the PDF into a brand new document? Sure, there are workarounds I have found for all of the above, but now, I...Read more
  • How to make the most of the Easter long weekend Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash If you live in Australia, there is a good chance (depending on your job), that you have a four-day break over the Easter long weekend ahead of you. But if you’re a science nerd who also likes to optimise their life - like me - you may be wondering: How do I maximise these four days off? I’m so glad you asked. Here are five things you can do to have an even better long weekend. 1. Spend time looking forward to the holiday The earlier you can start planning your...Read more
  • Why you need a "light shower" Photo by Delphine Beausoleil on Unsplash What do the first couple of hours of your day look like? Are you lying in bed, hitting snooze, in denial that a new day has started and that it needs you in it? This is called sleep inertia. Or perhaps you were woken up by a little person at 5 am and are tending to their needs for the first 3 hours of your day before sending them off to school or child care. Maybe your mornings are spent wandering around your home half asleep until you’ve hooked...Read more
  • My company has been running the Four Day Week for over 3 years. But right now, I’m working a five day week. I have a secret. It’s about the Four Day Week (FDW). Inventium was the first company in Australia to adopt this novel way of working. Over the past 3.5 years, I have done literally hundreds of interviews about the policy. We call it Gift of the Fifth (GOTF) - if you can get your work done in four normal length days, you receive the gift of time on Friday. And you still get paid a full-time salary. But here’s my secret: I haven’t taken a Friday off all year. Right now, my business isn’t on...Read more
  • How Inventium designs its team off-sites. How Inventium designs its team off-sites. A behind-the-scenes look.Read more
  • How to remain engaged at work when others around you are not A couple of weeks ago, I put out a call for questions for my semi-regular Ask Me Anything. Your questions were awesome - which was no surprise as you are a truly awesome bunch of subscribers 🙂 It’s always hard selecting which questions to include, but here are some that I covered: How to remain engaged and motivated at work when others around you are not How to balance having a social life with a healthy lifestyle What do I (really) think about back-to-office mandates What is a personal...Read more
  • What I learnt when Adam Grant came to town Some people were excited about Taylor Swift coming to Melbourne last week. For me, I was more excited about Adam Grant coming to town. A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from him: I’m coming to Oz for the first time in a few weeks for a speaking tour. I’d love to gather some of my favorite people for dinner. That’s you. (And yes, this is a pretty bloody awesome email to receive from a personal hero). Something I have learnt about Adam from knowing him for several years is that he is...Read more
  • Say goodbye to 2am worries: The simple trick to beat insomnia Photo by Kinga Howard on Unsplash PSA: Before we get into today’s post, I am going to record another Ask Me Anything session next week available to all paid subscribers. I’m taking questions about anything to do with work, productivity and wellbeing - send them all my way! The trickier, the better! Submit your questions here before Monday Feb 19. It’s 10 pm and you are trying to get to sleep. But does your brain think it’s the ideal time to remind you to stock up on dishwashing liquid, to...Read more
  • A letter to Inventium's future CEO In a break from the usual proceedings around here, this week’s post is a job ad. And let’s face it, job ads are normally dull as dog pooh. “Have you got a track record and proven results in blah blah blah…” “Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit and excel at following nonsensical bureaucratic rules?” “Are you a self-starter who is detail oriented and sees the big picture.” (And if you really are detail-oriented, you would have noticed a missing hyphen in that previous sentence…) Are you still...Read more
  • Behind the scenes of my home office set up Photo by Mike Dorner on Unsplash I am a sucker for home office porn. No this doesn’t involve nudity. It involves tech. Super sexy. I get asked a LOT of questions about my set up. “Is that a virtual background?” No, it’s a real one. “Why are you so clear but your background is blurred? Is that a Zoom setting?” No, it’s my camera. “Do you record your podcast from home?” Sometimes (and always, during the “Melbourne lockdown era”). As context, my company Inventium is remote-first, which means my...Read more
  • Transform your Google Calendar with these simple steps to automatic colour coding Photo by Gaining Visuals on Unsplash I went for a walk with a tech nerd friend of mine last week. I was whinging to her about having to manually colour code my calendar (I am a big fan of colour blocking as it allows me to glance at my week and see where I am spending my time and energy). I figured that if there was a solution to this problem, she would know about it. My friend replied by explaining there was a solution for Outlook (you can try this one) but didn’t know of anything for Google...Read more
  • Unleashing the Power of Hall Passes: Making New Habits Stick Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Unsplash I am an all-or-nothing kind of person. While I was writing the first draft of the manuscript for The Health Habit, I wrote 1000 words per day every single day until it was done. Even while on a five-day holiday in sunny Noosa, I still wrote 1000 words a day. And I say this not to brag about my dedication to the craft of writing (although when on deadline, yes, I am very dedicated), but rather to demonstrate how all-or-nothing I am. To perhaps quite a...Read more
  • The Secret to Lasting Change: Embrace a New Identity for Sustaining Healthy Habits Photo by Mike Dorner on Unsplash Before we get into today’s normal programming, I have a short PSA: Next Wednesday, January 17, from 12noon-1pm (AEST), I’m running a special webinar for the awesome folk who pre-ordered a copy of The Health Habit. I’ll be talking about the Health Habits that I personally use that have transformed my sleep and fitness (not to mention helped me kick a very bad sugar addiction), and the various behaviour change strategies I’ve had big success with in making those...Read more
  • The Health Habit has officially launched Today is surreal. It’s publication day for The Health Habit. Which means you can now walk into a bookshop and buy it. I wrote the book for people like me - people who know their health matters, but have failed many, many times to make positive changes stick. Maybe you set a new year’s resolution to prioritise your sleep, to eat better, to do more exercise. Maybe you just have a general sense that your health could do with a bit more focus this year. Or maybe you’re back at work and feeling a...Read more
  • How Social Media Can Improve Your Health Photo by Gabrielle Henderson on Unsplash When I was eleven years old, I was mad about sticker collecting. As an after-school treat, my mum would take me to a local toy shop called Child and Adult, which had the largest collection of stickers I had ever known a shop to possess. They had glittery stickers, they had stickers adorned with fake gems and they even had little animal stickers with tiny bits of fuzz on them (my personal favourite). I must have bought hundreds and hundreds of stickers...Read more
  • The Power of Food Order: How Changing the Sequence Can Boost Your Energy Levels Photo by Farhad Ibrahimzade on Unsplash When eating a meal, I am someone who applies the ‘save the best for last’ philosophy. It makes me think I would have aced the marshmallow test because I am quite talented at delaying gratification when it comes to what I eat. If I am given a plate of steamed broccoli, pan-fried snapper and rice, I will always eat the broccoli first. It turns out that there is science behind my accidental eating philosophy. ‘We’re always focused on what to eat,’ says...Read more