Sunday, April 11, 2021

Working from home tips: David Lee, CPD Online College

Laptops are convenient because they are so portable, allowing your to work from anywhere. However, "working anywhere" can take its toll on your body if it compromises your posture. Working from the bed or sofa are not the best options for your back, neck or eyesight, as David Lee points out. Here are some of David's other top tips for working from home:

1. Make a separate office space 

If you are lucky enough to have a spare room, designating this as your office will help you focus on work, rather than be tempted to multi task and do household chores at the same time. In addition it will tell you, and the other members of your household that you are now at work and are not to be disturbed.

2. Make sure your laptop is at the correct height

It’s fine looking at your laptop for your own leisure on the sofa or in bed but not when you are trying to work. For long term periods of use, your feet should be flat on the floor and your screen level with your eyes so you don’t have to stoop. The keyboard should be straight in front of you when typing. A laptop stand is the best option and you can order these online. Failing that, try supporting your laptop on books or another support so that it is at the optimum comfortable height. Doing this will avoid strain and potential back problems.

3. Stick to office hours

If you can stick to office hours, it will help you manage your home / work balance but of course if you do have small children this is not always possible, especially if the childcare is your sole responsibility. You may find that working in the evenings, early mornings or when the children are occupied or sleeping is the best time to catch up on work. With children you need to be flexible and all employers will understand this. Suggest that contact is done by email rather than taking phone calls and video calls.

David Lee is the Manager of CPD Online College

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Working from home tips: Angel Santiago,

Our Working from Home Tips series is back for 2021. Whilst restrictions have eased in quiet a few countries, for many, working from home has become a new way of life - at least for a couple of days a week. Working from home provides so many lifestyle benefits - even if it's just reclaiming more time in your day by not having to commute. We hope this is a lifestyle trend that will continue for those who have enjoyed this change in their life. In this post we caught up with Angel Santiago, who shared his top three tips:

1. Get buy-in from the family

This new way of working has turned the 9-5 into a group effort. What worked for me was sitting my family down and having a discussion around needs and expectations.

2. Have a hard stop on every day 

Whether that's 5pm or some other time, there needs to be a time when you turn off your work devices and walk away. I struggled with this and it took away from my family time.

3. Schedule breaks to be with your family

At an office, we'd all walk around and take part in idle office chitchat - the same thing needs to happen at home. I schedule 15 min blocks, where I deliberately break up my day to spend time with my family.

Angel Santiago is a husband, father, veteran, and entrepreneur dedicated to making a lasting impact on his community by becoming a champion for the underserved and underrepresented. Learn more at

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Working from home tips: Abbey Robb,

Those chats in the office kitchen can have more benefit than we initially realised, says Abbey Robb. Here are Abbey's top working from home tips to keep us relaxed and performing at our peak:

1. Make a designated space your office space

You don’t need to have a large house to make this work.  It’s ideal if you can set up a room as an office, or allocate one end of the dining table as your work area, but even if you can’t it’s enough to make sure that you sit in a different part of the lounge room than you tend to gravitate towards when you’re relaxing. Give yourself that visual cue that this area is for work, and other parts of your home are for relaxing and you’ll find it much easier to switch off of an evening.

2. Build a routine into the end of your workday

Spend some time to mentally divest yourself of the work you’ve been doing and leave things neatly organised for when you return in the morning. This is especially important when working from home because again, those cues that signal to us that it's time to mentally switch focus aren't there anymore.

Dr. Adam Fraser, a peak performance researcher, recommends a specific 3-step routine to shift focus and be more present. The three stages are:

Reflectspend a little time finishing up your day, making a list of things that need to be done in the future and emptying all those tasks out of your mind. It can also be useful to ask yourself a couple of questions like 'what did I do well today?' 'How did I get better?' This helps people start to change their thinking away from worrying about the future to having a sense of satisfaction for their efforts.

Rest - take a little time to do something that helps you rest. That might be going for a walk, doing a crossword puzzle or making yourself a snack. Find something that works for you to give yourself a bit of mental space and relaxation.

Reset - take a few moments to orient your thoughts towards your home life, your goals and values and how you want to show up there. Allow yourself time to shift priorities and focus on what your intentions are. Maybe you want to really connect with your partner, spend quality time with your kids or celebrate something with a friend.

3. Manage your stress levels

If you don't already have practices in your life that support stress management, find something that works for you - exercise, a hobby, meditation, or journaling. Often we unconsciously divest ourselves from stress through interacting with the social connections that we have at work without even thinking about it. Those chats in the office kitchen are more important than most people realise!

Abbey is an award-winning Integrative Therapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist. She specialises in helping people effect fast and lasting change in their lives. Learn more at

Learnings from Whatever Arises Love That: A Love Revolution That Begins With You by Matt Kahn

Whatever Arises Love That: A Love Revolution That Begins With You was my first taste of Matt Kahn's work, and I'm hooked. I immediately subscribed to his newsletter and am on the hunt for his other books, in particular, Everything Is Here to Help You: A Loving Guide to Your Soul's Evolution. Reading Whatever Arises Love That was like receiving a warm hug from the universe, and many of Matt's experiences resonated with me. These were the top learnings and inspiring quotes I took away from the book: 

1. The Universe is your teacher

"Whether you know it or not, all orchestrations, encounters, and outcomes are created by the universe as a way to help you expand to full capacity and realise the truth of your divine nature."

2. Don't lose sight of the what's right in front of you

One Halloween Matt recalls this realisation: "My friends and I, dressed in our favourite costumes, were so focused on getting as much free candy and covering as many neighbourhoods as possible, we didn’t take the time to even give much eye contact or a “thank you” to those who filled our bags. In the same way, you can be so blinded by the number of mystical experiences you collect or how much understanding you hope to find that you may not even take the time to wholeheartedly receive the gifts that have been given to you."

3. Mind your self-talk 

"If it’s not the way you would talk to a child in need, it shouldn’t be the way you talk to yourself."

4. Just listen

"The greater interest you show in others, without needing to interrupt anything they say, the more you allow them to feel authentically seen and heard. This increases the likelihood that they will find the motivation to hear and see themselves more often."

5. Be mindful of your response to situations

"If others shout, you choose to listen. Since shouting can only occur through shallow breathing, you slow down and calm your breath. When others are tense and rigid, you relax your body. If others complain, you respond with a compliment. If you feel dominated by the energy, words, or actions of another, the law of polarity inspires you to back away and give them more time and space so they can be with themselves on a more intimate level."

6. You are not a victim to other people's reactions

"You don’t need anyone to act in a certain way in order to feel the harmony, bliss, and joy that life always provides."

7. Take one moment at a time

"Despite how anyone around you chooses to be, the difference between perceiving a life of synchronicity versus a world of endless stress solely depends on how do you speak, breathe, and move – from one moment to the next."

8. Only you can do you

"Everyone has a unique personality, which carries a one-of-a-kind vibrational frequency that no one else in history can deliver to this planet."

9. Ego is simply an inflamed personality

"Typically, the word inflammation is associated with the different ways that bodies respond to their environment. This could include reactions to certain types of food in which allergens are capable of producing an inflammatory or toxic response in the body. Ego is what happens when the personality gets inflamed."

10. Don't hide from the world or you will miss important lessons

"One of the most common themes I’ve seen throughout all stages of spiritual development is a tendency to be awake in private and inflamed in public. This can influence energetically sensitive beings to stay secluded at home or entrenched in spiritual communities, while withdrawing from the world in view. Hiding from the world is mostly due to not knowing how to respond to the unresolved debris sensed in the energy field of others."

11. Rather than supressing, replace feelings of "sadness" and "fear" with love

"Just like fear, moments of sadness cannot be defeated, cured, or overcome. They can only be transformed through your willingness to love."

12. Choose your response

"No matter how misunderstood you seem to feel, you can infuse any experience with heart-centred consciousness simply by choosing a more inspired way to respond."

13. Whistle while you work

"While success in many areas of life may be contingent upon getting things done, the rewards of spiritual evolution are discovered when the way you approach each task is equally as important as the goal at hand. When you are able to be relaxed during your daily activities, your heart can stay open more freely. This allows your mind to rest in a natural state of silence so you can focus on being as thoughtful and caring as you are driven to thrive and succeed. Even when you notice how tense, rigid, frustrated, or short-tempered you seem to be, this can only be a reminder to slow down into a more harmonious flow."

14. Look for the opportunities in life to learn more lessons

"In every chapter of your life, there is no wrong doing or mistakes to confess. They are merely opportunities to notice suffering, stress, judgement, aggression, or pain as signs to balance your assertiveness with heart-centred care."

15. Find the beauty in the little things

"Just by catching a glimpse of something that passes you by, you are acknowledging the innocence and beauty of its existence, simply by allowing it to come into view. This is the gift of significance. Whenever life is honoured with significance, every person, place, and thing can be celebrated for the vital and equal role it plays throughout the divine plan. Since everything is composed of matter, the consciousness within each form remembers how important it is – when invited to be seen. As you realise the powerful gift of significance that can be offered to the world, the beauty and innocence of all begins to shine through at a more accelerated rate."

16. Slow down and enjoy the ride - life is not a race

"The faster you try to make it go, the higher the RPMs will rev, which inevitably results in the combustion of the engine. While you could conceivably live your life at such a frenetic pace, waiting for your nervous system to crack in order for consciousness to expand, loving what arises offers a far gentler and more direct way to enter the doorway of eternal freedom."

Learn more at and purchase the book here

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Happy Friday and Easter Long Weekend!

 Wishing you a fantastic Friday and a wonderful Easter long weekend!