January 2022

Please note: Change of date
New date: 2 February 2022, 11:00-12:00

Online via Zoom


Filling your Bucket

My academic colleagues and I had a phrase that we used to signify that we needed help/time/support/a lifeline. A simple phrase – my bucket is empty. To me it captures beautifully the constant pouring of ourselves into our work; into our projects.

But we CANNOT pour from an empty bucket. And our buckets do empty.

In this talk, we explore:

  • The many ways that we drain our bucket day-to-day. The physical, the emotional, the mental, the social drains that we often don’t acknowledge.
  • The cost of trying to achieve and excel with an empty bucket.
  • Key tools that help you fill that bucket – from the micro-changes that help you to keep going, to the bigger shifts that allow your bucket to truly fill.
  • Finding your WHY in order to drive meaningful changes
  • Setting your bottom line and protecting it.

March 2022

23 March 2022, 11:00-12:00
Online via Zoom


Perfectionism and Imposter syndrome

We argue that our perfectionism drives us to great heights, to excel, and to maintain our edge. We rarely stop to see the costs it carries. Imposter syndrome distorts the way we see ourselves, our performance, and our capabilities. Both reflect our doubts and fears – fear of being judged, fear of failing, fear of not being good enough, fear of not belonging. They’re the product of distorted thinking patterns. Thinking patterns that we can change.

In this talk, we explore:

  • The true costs of these doubts and fears, and the extent to which they are impacting on your productivity, mental clarity, and your joy for what you do.
  • Simple ways to notice when your perfectionism or imposter syndrome is tripping you up.
  • Simple ways to reshape your inner critic to be more objective and more compassionate, so that you can thrive thanks to the voice in your head rather than in spite of it.

April 2022

26 April 2022, 11:00-12:00
Online via Zoom


Motivation & Procrastination

Procrastination is a way of easing our own discomfort. Discomfort because the task is too hard, too boring, too big, too scary. The difficulty with procrastinating is that it makes you feel better for a moment, which makes it very reinforcing (and therefore more likely that you will do it again next time), but it does nothing to fix the reason the task feels uncomfortable to begin with. It is still too big, too hard, too scary, or too boring the next time you sit down to do it. So, the cycle repeats.

In this talk, we explore:

  • Identify these procrastination loops when they start to unfold,
  • Identify some of the thoughts underlying the discomfort and reframe them,
  • Employ alternative strategies that can alleviate the discomfort AND make the task less difficult, scary, hard or boring.
  • Explore drivers of our motivation

May 2022

25 May 2022, 11:00-12:00
Online via Zoom


Navigating Supervision. Supervisors, communication, & boundaries

Learning to navigate the supervisor/supervisee relationship is critical to positive outcomes in our PhD/Postdoc experience. This dance is not necessarily always easy.

We will discuss ways to:

  • Create and foster a healthy relationship.
  • Manage expectations, set boundaries, and communicate clearly.
  • Recognising when our assumptions, thoughts and behaviour patterns aren’t helping us.
  • Interpret feedback (and not take it personally).
  • Navigating different types of Supervisors.
  • Recognise when to walk away