What Matters

I've been reflecting on what matters, lessons learned, practices to experiment with and ideas worth exploring.

What is your ideal restore recipe?

Sea salt seeking this weekend.  Its time for some beach.  The beach (a quiet beach) is my happy place.  Some of the best of nature, some quiet time and some time with those I love.  This is my ideal recipe to restore.
Most of my Restore recipes include water - ideally moving water - but saltwater is my clear favourite. I like to fall asleep to the sound of waves so much I listen to the pink noise soundtracks of waves crashing. ...but its more than the sound and sights of the beach. Its also the smell. That smell of saltwater, and the smell of the dried salt on your skin...

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How did it come to this?

"How did it come to this?", she asked.  She sounded helpless and defeated. This smart, successful woman was juggling motherhood with her demanding role while in COVID lockdown in Melbourne. When we caught up, she was bouncing her two year old on her lap with her six year old “schooling” beside her, tugging on her every 10 minutes. That day she’d had meetings presenting to the leadership team, delivered a town hall briefing to hundreds and pumped out a couple of board papers. She’d provided emotional support for her team who were struggling under similar...

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Build the recharge in upfront

 

A week at the beach with the children at the end of a long project has been a good reminder of the importance of taking time to recharge.

In the first month of the project, our team discussed the recovery plans - what good looked like included a successful delivery, exceeding expectations and then some time off before returning to the day jobs. 

This became an asset to our team as we worked through a challenging project with extensive travel and time away from family. 

The week at the beach for me to recharge became an incentive for the children and a reward for putting up with...

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How to tell if you are burned out and what to do about it

Feeling exhausted and overwhelmed? Feeling detached from your work? Know you aren't performing like you could?

There is a difference between feeling tired and being burned out. Burnout was recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2019 as an occupational phenomenon.

Burnout stems from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. 

The three main signs of burnout are: 

1. Feeling exhausted or lack of energy

More than feeling physically tired, you may feel completely drained of energy. Despite feeling exhausted, you may experience trouble sleeping...

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The importance of doing nothing

As we slowly start to return to workplaces, like you, I’m thinking about how not to squander the reset of the last few months. Once the intensity of crisis management transitioned into the new normal, I found moments of quiet which might otherwise have been spent previously in a car crossing a city for meetings, on a plane or at various events. While I’ve always made time to reflect, I relished this quiet, this downtime.

 In addition to catching up on some reading, the opportunity to enjoy periods of uninterrupted thinking, creativity, and insight has been invaluable. I...
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Six steps to unlocking the Power of Sleep

Are you getting enough Sleep? Are you waking feeling Restored?

For many years I didn't get enough sleep - despite going to bed sometimes at Nanna o'clock! I often share about sleep and rest because I struggled with this for so long.  The quality of my sleep was so poor that the wearables tracking my sleep pattern looked like a barcode on a soft drink can.
There are enough things in this world we can't control or influence but we can impact how we feel each day by getting enough sleep. With the right mindset, tools and techniques, you can improve the quality of your sleep and allow...
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