How to make work ‘easy’

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A friend recently told me that she finds her job easy. Not because it’s boring or because she's lazy. But because she was born to do it. For a moment I was shocked. Work isn't supposed to be easy, is it? In my experience, it's rare to hear people say so. It’s way more common for people to complain about how under pressure they are. The truth is we won’t get everything done until we’re dead. But even if you do have a tough job, there are ways you can make it a bazillion times easier. Especially if you’ve ever thought: I want to nail this ... Continue Reading...

A survival guide for sleep-deprived parents

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You've probably read a lot of articles on why you need more sleep, how to get more sleep, or even how to fall asleep in less than one minute. But as those of you with small humans in the house will know, getting to sleep is not the problem. It's staying that way for eight hours that's the challenge. I’m currently into the third week of my toddler’s new nocturnal schedule. At its worst we were up every hour. More often than not he's awake twice a night, sometimes for an hour at a time. Just call me sleepless in Melbourne. Either way I figure I’m an expert on ... Continue Reading...

6 things you should never say in an interview

6 things you should never say in an interview

If it's one thing I’ve learned about interviews, it's this. You will be asked at least one or two curly questions you never saw coming. Here are my top six tips on what not to say. You’re welcome. 1) In five years, I see myself in YOUR job. I once said this in an interview. I was 22 and thought I was smart. The interviewer thought it was hilarious and offered me the job. But still, it was hardly the best start. Rule number one. Never threaten someone's job in an interview. It might be wiser to divulge your next short-term goal, rather than your end game. 2) ... Continue Reading...

You’re not just one thing (+ a book giveaway)

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Do you hate explaining what you do for a living? Maybe you fear people will judge you or make stupid jokes about your job (lawyers and accountants, I hear you). Just imagine how Urine Specimen Collectors must feel. But perhaps even worse than the labels other people saddle us with, are the ones we give ourselves. In theory it should happen less often, now that fewer people spend 30 years in the same job. In practice we still get our sense of self all tied up with what we do for a living. I work in the communications industry so I could be doing a ... Continue Reading...

What to do, when you have no idea what to do

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Some decisions are way easier than others, aren’t they? What to wear. What to eat. Whether you can possibly justify buying that expensive bed linen (that's always a yes in my book). Other decisions can make your brain turn to soup. Advice about weighing up your options only makes you more confused. Whatever is nagging at you, be it a career change, a house move, which school you should send your kid to, or something more serious altogether, being unable to make a decision can leave you feeling seriously stuck. I had an experience like this recently and it ... Continue Reading...