October 2022

19 October 2022, 11:00-12:00
Online via Zoom


Rethinking Productivity 

Learn to see productivity through a well-being lens. Learn how to structure your day in a way that aids your concentration and focus, rather than constantly detracting from it.

  • How to create a routine during times of constant change.
  • Learn to ride the productivity wave (especially when it feels like a trickle).
  • Create a rhythm that works for you, rather than against you.
  • Navigate the balancing act of families and research.
  • Plan to be (realistically) productive – learn to build useful to-do lists!
  • Using breaks to optimise efficiency.

November 2022

16 November 2022, 11:00-12:00
Online via Zoom


Parenting and academia – managing the mental load 

How do we juggle work life balance when “life” comes with such a huge mental load? When the family todo list is three times as long as the work to-do list and it is you feel like you are always the one that has to remember. The thinking part of having children is permanent and it’s exhausting. It’s invisible, unmeasurable and often inescapable.

How do we thrive at work whilst navigating the worry and guilt of managing a family at home? How do we learn to share the planning and management of our homes and not just the delegation of a never-ending task list in our minds? It is possible.

In this talk we will:

  • Explore what mental load is, how it manifests in our daily lives, and why it’s harmful.
  • Learn to check in with our expectations.
  • Learn to decontaminate our time so that we can be more effective in our work and more present at home.
  • Identify worry and self-doubt loops and how to stop them.
  • Learn to zoom out to fit everything in.
  • Explore mindfulness and self-compassion as tools to help you be present with our kids when we are at home and present with our works when we need to be working.

December 2022

1 December 2022, 11:00-12:00
Online via Zoom


Managing conflict

Conflict is a part of any relationship. How we navigate it is what matters most. In this interactive session, we explore how to:

  • Recognise key triggers for conflict in academic and supervisory relationships.
  • Learn to recognise your working style and your working needs (and those of your colleague or students).
  • Identify where your styles clash & how to navigate these clashes.
  • Develop practical tools to approach important discussions – phrases and words that can either help to escalate or resolve situations.
  • Learn to uncover the real issues underpinning the conflict and the role that context plays.