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Tips for starting a new job remotely 

Starting a new job can be a daunting prospect. You need to learn an entirely new company culture and internal processes, familiarise yourself with new technologies and maybe a roster of clients, as well as get to know an entirely new team of people and how they work. Plus, if you take a promotion with your new job or switch careers/industries, you might need …

 

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Four ways to convince your employer that working from home is sustainable long-term

Whether you’re a parent who needs more time to balance the needs of family and work, or you simply want to achieve better work/life balance, working from home can be a good option.   Due to COVID-19, also known as ‘the world’s greatest work–from–home experiment’, many employees have experienced the benefits of working from home for the first time. While some people struggled with working from home, for many, it allowed them to remain productive at …

 

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Making the most of remote working: how to live and thrive in the country

The move to remote work has given many people the opportunity to swap their city homes for country and coastal havens.   According to online real estate hub, Domain, property prices in some areas of regional Australia have increased by nearly a third due to the boost in demand from city dwellers, which is likely to shift into an even higher gear as border restrictions are lifted.1  If you are …

 

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Tips for working mothers to get time for themselves in a year without business travel

Lately I’ve found myself wistfully reminiscing with other professional mothers about business travel. Remember how, in the “olden days” before March 2020, travel was often a part of work?

 

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Why you need me-time and how to get it 

Mothers juggle many roles and some struggle with the feeling that prioritising ‘me-time’ is selfish. 

 

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How to approach an interview when you know you’ll need job flexibility

One of the few benefits that arose from COVID-19 is the rise in job flexibility across the board. The rapid shift to remote working in 2020 proved to many employers that their business could still operate with a remote workforce. Despite this cultural shift to flexible working, many businesses will return to the office as …

 

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How to recognise and overcome mum guilt

If you’re a parent, you’ve likely fallen victim to an unnerving sense of inferiority, also known as ‘mum guilt’. The feeling of thinking you should be doing more for your child or raising them on vegan diets, like you see on Instagram. Valid or not, the reality of being a working parent means that a …

 

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Co-parenting: what it really means and how to do it right 

Australian divorce rates are the lowest they’ve been since the 1970s and the trend is continuing downwards. However, with 47 per cent of divorces involving children under 18 years of age, the concept of co-parenting with an ex-partner has become more widespread.   Although the process of divorce can be stressful and deeply upsetting, it’s not usually the divorce or separation itself that harms your children. They’re more likely …

 

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Five ways to start practicing mindfulness if you’ve never done it before

Life throws many curveballs, and while we can’t always fully control how we initially feel in situations, we do have the power to choose how to react.

 

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How to minimise the messiness of a co-parenting agreement 

By Elias Tabchouri, principal lawyer at Macquarie Lawyers   If you’ve recently split with your partner or spouse and you want to raise your children collectively and cooperatively, a co-parenting agreement can help.  

 

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Becoming indistractable

Recently our group reviewed a book by Nir Eyal, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. It highlighted the many distractions in our lives, such as smartphones, web browsers, messaging apps, meetings, shopping sites and the myriad of social media platforms. According to a recent survey conducted by Rise, 52 per cent of …

 

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How meditation and mindfulness can change your outlook 

When it seems like everyone needs something from us at home, at work, and in our friendships, it can be easy to get caught up in others’ needs and forget about our own health and wellbeing, and, in particular, our mental health. We often just try to carry on, ignoring our own needs.  We don’t need …