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📚🤓 I help busy psychology students and perfectionists take action and boost productivity 👩🏼‍🎓Masters of Org Psych & PhD 🇦🇺 Brisbane, Aus

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This powerful, simple exercise I learnt at a uni seminar on paying attention (PhD perks!). For me, the list of things I have been paying attention too in the last few days: 1️⃣ my phone, and mindless scrolling 2️⃣ Netflix 3️⃣ Thoughts about things I can’t control. And in the past few days, the things that actually mattered the most to be paying attention too: 1️⃣ content creation for the busy badge 2️⃣ finalising my practice folio that was due today (handed in, thankfully hehe!) 3️⃣ my PhD research As you can see, the lists are so not similar 🙃 How do your lists look? I challenge you to do this exercise everyday for a week to help you check in and get leverage on yourself. After all, we can’t change something that we aren’t aware of. GOAL ✔️ is to get these lists as similar as possible.

REMINDER 👆🏼 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Day ONE of my PhD today! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is a reminder that the small, consistent efforts that we make each day, is what leads us to achievement. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Throughout my undergrad, I would often get quite stressed and anxious- it’s not hard to when you’re an overwhelmed perfectionist who doesn’t prioritise rest 🤨 Stress, ‘negative’ emotions, and will never be a thing of the past, and the first thing to address is that you will never be stress or free. The good news is that you CAN learn to approach these emotions more efficiently so that we can still keep moving forward. One thing that has really helped me is asking “is this helpful?” in response to my worries. Most of the time, my concern or stress is disproportionate to the actual circumstance. Then I ask myself “what would be more helpful?”, which varies each time. Sometimes it’s to reframe my thoughts, other times it’s to take a break from my work, exercise, call a friend etc. Practising this has helped me detach from the overwhelming worry and respond to it in a much more effective way. When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, try it out, on paper if that is easier! 📚

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

If you're a psychology student writing a thesis this year, or wanting to write a thesis in psychology, I'd love for you to join me in my private FB group: THE BUSY BADGE THESIS TRIBE. Later on this week I will be talking in there about my biggest thesis mistakes and what I would do differently if I had my time over. Throughout the year, I will also be providing you with specific advice for getting your thesis written and staying out of that group level panic! 📚👩🏼‍💻👩🏼‍🎓 LINK IN BIO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -

Planning my week 📆 Now that Semester 1 of uni is *almost* over (just my prac folio left!) and I’ve just completed marking my students final exam papers 📚, I have quite a few free spots left on my calendar. I’m using this time to get some pesky life admin tasks that I’ve put off due to “the busy badge” 🙄 (making appointments, deep cleaning the house, sorting out finances, making calls), some time to binge Netflix & treat myself, as well as really step up my personal development. We all have our busy but these small tasks we put off can become overwhelming and BIG if we don’t decide to get them done. Here’s your kick to make some decisions this week and feel so much better for wiping them off your ‘to do’ list 🙏🏼🔋 Photo credit: @bazaar_living via @plantsonpink 🌵

REMINDER 😬⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I remember that last year, pretty much every day I said to myself "when I submit my thesis, then I'll be happy". ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What happened when I submitted my thesis? Then my new pursuit bece getting into masters, and THEN I'd be *content* 🙈and now that I in masters- now it's PhD? Business? How about BOTH? 🙉⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Truth is, you will never be content. As bitious people, when we reach a goal, our attention almost *instantly* turns to the next goal/milestone/level. It can seem like such a big build-up, but our brains normalise very quickly, and the satisfaction doesn't last long.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here is your reminder to consciously take time to reflect and celebrate your progress. Otherwise, you will always be in PURSUIT, which will be constantly dissatisfying. And disclaimer: there is nothing wrong with pursuing your potential (taking action is the best thing you can do!). But without consciously acknowledging your effort so far, you will never feel satisfied!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The things that raise fear and doubt deep in the pits of our stomachs are often our call to action. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you want to know the quickest way to make your heartbeat extremely fast and squirm inside-- invest in a coach. I invested a significant ount of money into my coach. I was so scared of making the investment, and I thought it was a money problem- but really, it was because I was scared I might not be able to make it worth it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I so glad I was brave. Brave enough to acknowledge that I a worthwhile investment. Knowing that my education, self-development, and career are the most important things I can work on. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since investing in myself, I have literally changed the trajectory of my life. Taking action. Expanding my self-belief and creating a reality to match it. Literally changing the neuron-wiring and thought circuits in my brain (come on peeps, I'm a psych and need to add the science!).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm here to help you, students and perfectionists, do this too (for literally a fraction of the price of a university course). Yet the benefits of self-growth go way beyond the knowledge of a course, and instead change how you approach and show up in your life, your study, your self!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have a few thesis package spots available and four 8 week 1:1 coaching spots left. I'd love to help- let's graduate your brain 🎓🧠. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ P.S. I'm changing up my quote colours and font's. I didn't let perfectionism override my desire to spend 20 million days choosing the *perfect* colour and *perfect* font and instead started creating, knowing that there is always the option to change my quote designs. (It feels so good to let myself do this).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Tokyo Disneyland

One thing I've always loved to do is to indulge in thoughts of what my 'dream life' looks like 💭⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 〰️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I remember being a little girl and asking my mum "what should I dream about tonight?" when she tucked me in at night 🌚. It was exciting to be able to enter a world where I could go anywhere 🌍 🌃🏔🗽& do anything I wanted 🙆🏼‍♀️🧚🏼‍♀️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 〰️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As I 'grew up', in hindsight I can look back and see that my dreams started to go from what I wanted to dream about, to what I thought was possible for me. In other words, I was only letting myself dream what I thought I could get or was capable of, rather than what I WANTED.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 〰️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Once I realised this and began to let myself dream my actual dreams again, (this time in the form of journalling as well 📓), I started to overcome these beliefs about what I thought was possible for me. I started to remember the feelings of letting my brain run free and exploring my desires rather than my current beliefs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 〰️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Scripting, or journalling about my 'ideal' life helps me to focus on what I want, increase my creativity (hello brain science 🧠), and help me start turning my dreams into reality. I've expanded my beliefs and therefore what is possible for me. And you can do this too!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 〰️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ TAKEAWAY: Sit down and write (pen to paper is best 📝, but typing if it's easier) about your ideal day, week, month, year- unscripted and don't worry about it being perfect (I'm talking to all the overthinkers!). For some this can flow naturally, but for others it may take time. Either way stick with it and bring back some child-like wonder and fulfillment into your brain!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 〰️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

That graduating feeling 👩🏼‍🎓✨ So privileged that I get to help the ladies in the thesis package achieve their academic goals while helping them on their personal development journey’s 💕 Honours year was THE best opportunity to grow and uplevel my mindset & stina. The thesis package is designed with your needs in mind to help coach you through this process. Imagine finishing the thesis without the stress 😅 the overwhelm 🙅🏼‍♀️ the academic 🙃 YOU CAN! Investing in yourself can be so scary, feeling like you’re taking a massive leap of faith. I know this from firsthand experience! All I can say is without putting myself and my future first, I wouldn’t be where I today. Investing in myself was by far the scariest but most worthwhile thing I’ve done 👏🏻 Ready to make this year your first class year??? Let’s do it 👏🏻 -

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

ARE YOU WRITING A THESIS THIS YEAR? THEN LISTEN UP ⚠️ I so excited to be able to launch a thesis pack for psychology students! Does this sound like you? 🤯You have no idea where to begin with your thesis, and are overcome with feelings of stress, anxiety, and overwhelm 🙈You’re putting off writing your thesis, in favour of other assignments, projects and Netflix 😴You’re spending so long studying, but never actually ‘moving the needle’ and progressing 😬You’re not writing your thesis because you can’t start until you know “the perfect thing to say” 💌When you study, you get distracted and end up spending more time on Instagr than on the important things 😰You feel like you can’t live your life because your thesis and studies are ‘all-consuming’ 😖You’re stuck with fear, self-doubt and academic anxiety I have been EXACTLY in your shoes- last year I ticked all of those boxes and more. I was living with extreme perfectionism and a hustle n grind mindset, which lead to one really long, stressful year. As a mindset coach for psychology students and a current masters (and soon to be PhD) student in Organisational Psychology, I work one-on-one with psychology undergrads so that they can grow out of their perfectionism and be a high achiever, sans the overwhelm! 👩🏼‍🎓I’ve seen my clients go from total academic overwhelm to taking focused action and achieve grades they never thought were possible. Even better, I’ve seen them achieve more than they have ever done, without the stress or overwhelm! I wish I had a thesis coach last year, and I'd love to help you through this year. Link in bio for more info, I'd love to hear your thoughts and questions ♥️

Courage over confidence.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I read this in Tribe of Mentors by @timferriss 📚(HIGHLY recommend for that sweet, quick, personal development hit!). I'm not sure where the quote originates, I think it comes from @brenebrown.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is such an important reminder that you don't have to be confident to do something. Feel the fear and do it anyway 👆🏻Have the courage to try, to begin, to take action before you even believe it is possible.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

We have a logo! Thank you so much to @thevenzcollective for designing this amazing logo for my side hustle. I love the simple detail mixed with the chic vibes 💕

🔑Understanding that intention and attention are the key components of study changed my entire outlook and productivity levels. This also applies to WORK, BUSINESS and PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1️⃣INTENTION: When you sit down to study, do you have an actual intention for the session? Is it to 'study for exams'? Or is it to 'write 200 words for my introduction', 'write one set of study cards covering lectures 1-3', 'cycle through my study card deck three times'. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ See the difference? Giving yourself a focus for the session will remove overwhelm and procrastination, as you know what to get done, and how you will measure your success.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2️⃣ATTENTION: Distraction is a MASSIVE study-blocker (and a creator of overwhelm and self dis-trust). Our brain's resting-state is to wander-- to remain ready to engage, but never engage fully unless it is directed too.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I don't have a magic wand that will help you attend to your project. It's about allowing yourself to SIT with the restless and uncomfortable-ness. 🛎I get my clients to start with 10-minute blocks, where they mute all notifications and don't allow themselves to pick up their phones (or open new tabs, whatever is 'distracting'), and increase as their self-control and focus does as well. In those moments where you want to get distracted, you need to allow yourself to sit with the discomfort, notice it is there, and ignore it.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you see intention as the macro (the big picture of what you want to achieve), attention is the micro (the way you're going to achieve it). To get the most out of your study, or a block of time you dedicated to a certain task or project, you need both. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Plants + Candles. Two essential parts of my study set-up. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Studying doesn't have to be this horrific event- I make my space smell, look, and feel beautiful. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Morning coffee- its part of my ritual, and my day doesn't *reeeally* start until I've had my "energy juice". One thing I've added into my morning coffee routine is reading 10 pages of a self-help book-- it seems to be the perfect balance of knowledge, but doesn't overwhelm me! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'd be so interested to hear- what is part of your morning routine? We all have one, even if it isn't intentional (e.g. wake up, snooze snooze snooze, pee, brush teeth). What do you WISH mornings were like for you?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

When working with clients, they often want to walk out feeling and acting like a new person-- they're biggest, brightest, and best self! But the truth is, change is HARD. Bridging the gap between where we are, and where we WANT to be often causes resistance, because our brain hate's change. We are literally wired to take the path of least resistance, so even if we consciously want to change our behaviour, our subconscious sneakily self-sabotages. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The fastest way to change your life is to change it slowly. Instead of trying to tackle everything, my advice is to work on committing to one thing each day. This journalling prompt is inspired from @the.holistic.psychologist and has been TRANSFORMATIVE for me, especially in terms of procrastinating from study. Each day, commit to one thing that you can do that is in line with your future self. For example, if your future self easily concentrates while studying for an hour, focus on committing to studying for a certain amount of time without distractions. And a major heads up: it's going to be uncomfortable af! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This week, spend 5 or so minutes answering this journalling prompt, and then ACTUALLY take action and show up as your future self-- it doesn't matter how big or small this is, the point is to just do it!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Southbank Brisbane

I a plantaholic. I love my indoor plants, I love tending to them, I love watching them GROW!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Before my plant-hobby, I didn't really *feel* like I did anything for myself that wasn't productive....I had so much guilt when I wasn't WORKING on something-- which last year was my psychology thesis-- and I couldn't mentally detach. But the warped concept is....I was spending so much time procrastinating, having this ongoing internal dialogue about how I SHOULD be doing more more more...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I've learnt the hard way that being able to psychologically detach is a skill that we need to be able to master for mental health, recovery, and also the ability to actually be the best we can and do the best work we can. Psychological detachment is being able to "mentally switch off" during off-job time. How often do we spend thinking about the assignment we have to get done next week, the job that needs to get done at work, checking emails when you're supposed to be spending time with fily? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Going into the weekend, how are you going to psychologically detach? I psychologically detaching by spending some time reading a fiction book called Arkane, and also tending to my azing plant babies. It's going into Winter and this is my first Winter with my plants, so I experimenting with different watering schedules to see what works for them! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Brisbane City

💫CURRENTLY READING💫 📚Psycho-cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz 📚 This book is seminal in the self-image psychology literature and I finding it so incredible to think about how even 60 years ago, people were ‘struggling’ with their self image and the reality it created in their lives. I only 30 or so pages in, but already loving the concept of how we have a creative mechanism inside us which works automatically and IMPERSONALLY to achieve goals. Our brains don’t care whether something is moving towards success or away from it— it will just start to go where you tell it too. Where are you currently directing your creative mechanism? 🤔

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