Entries by Katherine Mair

Make Your Meetings Matter.

When it comes to meeting matters, well it’s a pretty abysmal state of affairs in most organisations. Unproductive meetings have been estimated to cost the US economy around $37 billion each year with around 15% of an organisation’s collective time spent in meetings. People routinely multi-task and 22% of participates send an average of three…

Lessons in Mindfulness from a 5-year-old.

My favourite days are the ones when I’m in charge of getting my daughter ready for school. She’s five and this is her first year at school. I love the mornings with her for a glorious raft of reasons. But there is one reason that has struck me quite powerfully in our change of routine…

Feeling like poop.

This is what my partner says when he’s having a bad day or his body is staging a rebellion – except he says it more emphatically and with a somewhat stronger choice of words. Let’s face it we can all have a shitty day or sometimes wake up feeling like poop.   Perhaps you had…

Application Gratification.

When we go to school, we’re encouraged to apply ourselves. After all learning happens through practice, exploration and application. When a student applies him or herself, they uncover their potential, hone their skills, build their abilities and experience achievement. For this we praise and celebrate them. In equal measure however, we shake our heads when…

I’m Not Busy.

I had a mild epiphany recently. I say mild because it wasn’t necessarily one of those oh-my-god lightning bolt moments. Rather it was a small thought that passed through my head. It quietly resonated. Then it stayed with me. It was simply this – “I’m not busy”. Since then, when my monkey mind revs into…

Change the Cycle.

As the year kicks into gear, the tension between planning and doing can leave us feeling a little torn. For many of us planning can feel exacting and tedious. The desire to just get on with things can present an overpowering and irresistible urge. Planning can seem like its bogging us down, chaining us to…

Start Now.

In the wake of the New Year there has been much written about resolutions. Setting them. Not setting them. Questioning the fundamental concept of ‘new’. Exploring the unacceptable. We’re all different. So it makes sense we all have a different take on the transition from one year to the next. It’s tenor. It’s meaning. Or…

Thank You.

The festive season has become such a busy time. Yet it’s also a time to pause, reflect and celebrate. That makes it a wonderful time to say thank you. The simple act of expressing gratitude can make us feel better – and there is plenty of research to this effect*. It doesn’t have to be…

Rest in Unlikely Places.

It was a crazy morning. Not so much what was going on outside. But inside. Mind racing. A terribly anxious feeling in my gut. That awful, free floating, up in the air kind. I’d had several hectic weeks and a to-do list that felt completely overwhelming. But this was my day with my daughter. No…

Finding the Laugh.

My daughter came home from pre-school and said; “I have to start eating sandwiches. Big girls eat sandwiches and you have to get used to them.” Over lunch, she’d told her Pre-School Director she didn’t like sandwiches and this was how she had responded. My husband is a coeliac. We have a largely gluten free diet. So…