Rules not Goals

March 9, 2016

Rules not Goals

 

Now that the new year is well and truly settled in, I am starting to realise how many (well, nearly all) of my resolutions have remained lofty ideas that sounded brilliant and achievable at the time but now that reality bites, have not seen the light of day.

 

So, I did what I often do. I started researching and looking around for some practical ideas to get 'stuff done'. Now, let me first give a word of warning: seeking ideas for how to be more productive is a somewhat risky excercise. If you think checking your Facebook is a black-hole of time wasting, try researching topics like 'How to get your house in order in 7 easy steps' or 'Ideas for getting on top of the laundry.' Before you know it an hour has passed and all you have to show for it is a list of ideas for renovating your house to make folding the clothes more enjoyable and achievable. 

 

To save you the time, I am going to share with you the BEST of my research...

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Reduce Decision Fatigue

February 13, 2018

Reduce Decision Fatigue

Dr. Bailey Bosch

I stumbled across the concept of decision fatigue whilst researching 'productivity' and it is one that really appeals to me. The premise is that in our lives we have so many pieces of information (big and small) that are competing for our attention. The amount of stimuli is infinite but, of course, our ability to attend and process it is limited. This is where stress and overwhelm come into play because simply we are overloaded with choice. There are many great resources around that deal with the tyranny of choice such as this TED talk by psychologist Barry Shwartz.

So, one strategy to eliminate stress and overwhelm is to reduce the number of 'things' you need to make decisions about. There are so many examples of incredibly creative and productive people who have reduced the decisions they need to make in different areas of their lives so they free up space for other activities that are more important to them. For...

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Forget the Takeaway!

November 21, 2017

 

When talking with Mums one of their biggest concerns is the impact studying has on their health. It seems many women put on weight while studying – think of all those hours spent sitting at the computer/desk and the meals and snacks eaten on the go. I suffer from the terrible disease called ‘reward yourself with food’ and my thresholds are very low so I often reward myself for just writing a list of things I SHOULD do. You can imagine the feast that follows when I actually get things done…anyway, I digress.

 

One of the aims of this website is to bring relevant and useful information to Mums who Study. In this article I have interviewed Anna Rakoczy, CEO and Co-Founder of

Homemade Cooking

 

Anna is a former lawyer from Perth, Western Australia, who moved to San Francisco in 2011 with her husband.  After completing graduate studies, Anna founded Homemade Cooking in 2013. Homemade Cooking is a company that aims,...

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Personal Kanbans

Dr. Bailey Bosch

A while ago I wrote about the Pomodoro method. I am always interested in, and looking for, ways to help streamline the many different projects I have going on with the aim to try and improve my productivity in the very small amount of time I get to work child-free. So, I have come across this: A Personal Kanban.

If you can get your head around the somewhat odd-sounding name, I am sure you will pick up some good advice in this summary that I have put together. It is essentially a way of looking at your to-do list. Now, this isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea simply because we all have different ways of working and different styles of learning. So, have a read and see if this might be the method that can help you to manage the many different tasks and jobs you have on an ever-growing to-do list.

 

What is a Kanban?

The term 'personal kanban' was developed by two experts in productivity, Jim Benson and Tonianne De Maria Barry, but I am sure the method of...

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Bring out the Academics!

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April 30, 2018

Bring out the Academics!

Dr. Bailey Bosch

“Come out come out, where-ever you are...”

I took three of my children to University with me this week. My six-year was super excited and loved the whole idea of going to ‘Mum’s school.’ She asked loads of questions throughout the morning about all the things a six-year old wants to know about (such as do any of the students need the teacher’s help to wipe their bottoms… How to answer? Hmmm literally no, but figuratively well that is a discussion for another occasion) and can you fill up your water bottle at any of the drink fountains or can you only use the one near your classroom? But it was her questions as we entered the hallway where the academics have their offices that caught me the most…

Mum, where is everyone?

Can we meet your teachers? (No) Okay but can we at least see what they look like?

What is this place anyway? Is it a hospital?

Its always good to view the world...

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Digital Detox

March 20, 2018

Digital Detox

The problem with being a studying Mum means that you are often working from home and that means having to resist all the temptations that home offers. There are dishes to be done, washing to put out, meals to prepare, cups of tea to be drunk....

However, the biggest threat to productivity has to be social media. As those of you who have been following this blog know, I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook and technology in general. I can absolutely see the value in it - for example, the connections that have formed between Mums on the closed Facebook group, and the support they offer each other, has been just fantastic. The amount of time I have spent looking at ridiculous videos of men trying to dive into frozen swimming pools and the like has not been fantastic to say the least. The worst part is not realising how much time is actually 'wasted' on Facebook. Let me be clear here, I am not talking about...

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Rules not Goals

March 9, 2016 Rules not Goals   Now that the new year is well and truly settled in, I am starting to realise how many (well, nearly all) of my resolutions have...

Reduce Decision Fatigue

February 13, 2018 Reduce Decision Fatigue Dr. Bailey Bosch I stumbled across the concept of decision fatigue whilst researching 'productivity' and it is one that really...

Forget the Takeaway!

November 21, 2017   When talking with Mums one of their biggest concerns is the impact studying has on their health. It seems many women put on weight while studying...

Personal Kanbans

Dr. Bailey Bosch A while ago I wrote about the Pomodoro method. I am always interested in, and looking for, ways to help streamline the many different projects I have going...

Bring out the Academics!

April 30, 2018 Bring out the Academics! Dr. Bailey Bosch “Come out come out, where-ever you are...” I took three of my children to University with me this week....
 

Digital Detox

March 20, 2018 Digital Detox The problem with being a studying Mum means that you are often working from home and that means having to resist all the temptations that home...

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