This is part 1 of a 2 part series on Goal Setting and Mid Year Review. Part 1 takes you back to your motivations and what you have accomplished in the year so far. In Part 2, we look forward to the rest of the year and focus on achieving the remainder of our goals.
Are you feeling a shift in mood with the change of weather?
Winter has arrived in Australia and if the cold weather has you feeling lethargic and low you’re not alone. 1 in 300 Australians suffer from an extreme case of the winter blues called seasonal affective disorder (or the aptly abbreviated SAD). Most of us don’t struggle to this extent but we can find the colder months tough. Here are some tips from real people - our readers, listeners and members of the PP community - for combating the winter blues.
Change is not an event. It’s a psychological experience.
That’s why it’s so difficult.
In your head change is single action that’s happening to you - you get promoted, lose a team member or move house. Or it’s something you need to make happen - improve your diet, implement a process or get the kids to tidy their rooms. A simple case of taking action. Action = reaction, right? Change done.
Except it’s never that easy is it?
Motivation is an issue. People get angry. We resist. We argue - with others and with ourselves. It’s hard.
Read on to find out why we struggle with change and what to do about it…
There is no shortage of timers, calendars, to-do lists, apps and journals promising to revolutionise your time management and boost your productivity sky high, but how do you know which ones work?
In the coming weeks we’ll be sharing our favourite productivity tools with you - the high tech and the low tech - but today we thought we’d start where we like to start things here at Potential HQ, from first principles.
Any tool is only as good as your understanding of why it works and most of the productivity tools available today are based on one of the following methods, shown to get the best results.
No-one is more intrigued by human behaviour than psychologists. It’s our life, our passion, our purpose.
We’re an avid podcast audience with a love of learning and podcasts are such a simple way to learn on the go. I asked fellow psychologists to name the podcasts they’re listening to right now. The conversations and ideas that inspire, challenge, inform, motivate, entertain and educate. This is their list. Now it’s yours.
For most of us the holidays are heart warming, fun filled events but the lead up can be stressful. Family dynamics, financial demands, and the sheer volume of extra activity are among the top stressors.
To keep you a little zen as you wade your way through preparations, here are my eight tips for less stress at Christmas.
I’m often asked by fellow parents, blog readers and podcast listeners for book recommendations. I have my favourites but when I need a recommendation for parenting books I look beyond my library and crowd source from my colleagues who specialise in kids and parenting.
Looking for tips on
getting kids to listen?
helping them to thrive?
dealing with tempers, tantrums and big emotions?
discipline without destruction?
or just staying sane while you do the best you can?
Here are six excellent and entertaining books recommended by psychologists for parents.
With nine weeks remaining of this year I’m entering the holiday ambivalence zone. I’m impatient for a break from work and responsibilities. I long for languorous summer days with a novel and no agenda and I’m excited about the possibilities and fresh start that a new year brings (untouched yearly planner anyone?).
There are thousands of apps to choose from in the well being space but not every app is created equal.
This list includes apps that have been developed either by or in consultation with psychologists and other mental health professionals. They are all based on research that is available in peer-reviewed publications.
We can be confident that they do what they say they do and that they will help, not harm.