PSA: Extra Hygiene Precautions Won’t Weaken Our Immune Systems

PSA: Extra Hygiene Precautions Won’t Weaken Our Immune Systems

During the COVID-19 pandemic we’re constantly being reminded to practise good hygiene by frequently washing our hands and regularly cleaning the spaces where we live and work. These practices aim to remove or kill the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and thereby minimise our risk of infection. But there have been…

Do Something Actually Fun With Your Kids

Do Something Actually Fun With Your Kids

Every morning I awaken to the same question: “Daddy, will you play with me?” (I mean “awaken to” to be taken literally here; usually this question is posed loudly to me by a three-year-old hovering several centimetres away from my sleeping face.) And, though I am not proud to admit…

Record Gym Videos and Play Music at the Same Time

Record Gym Videos and Play Music at the Same Time

If you video yourself lifting — whether for form checks or just to share your day on Insta — you’ve probably noticed an infuriating flaw in the way our phones work: as soon as you start recording, the music in your headphones cuts out.

Have Your Kids Practice Mask-Wearing at Home

Have Your Kids Practice Mask-Wearing at Home

You’ve probably introduced your kids to mask-wearing by now. (And they probably hate it, because we all hate it, but you’ve explained why they need to wear it, etc.) Most kids preschool-age and older have been doing a bit of mask-wearing here or there — when you take them for…

How to Change Someone’s Mind

How to Change Someone’s Mind

It seems everyone prefers digging their heels in and remaining steadfast in their opinions (even if they happen to be, say, scientifically invalid and disproven), so the idea of changing someone’s mind about something feels pretty close to impossible. Of course, not everyone has to agree with you on everything,…

Will Victorians Stick to Stage 4 Restrictions? Our Perceptions Might Be the Key

Will Victorians Stick to Stage 4 Restrictions? Our Perceptions Might Be the Key

With new rules restricting Victorians’ activities and movements to try and stem the second wave of coronavirus cases comes the question of whether people will actually stick to them. There are at least two ways to answer this question, from a compliance perspective and a behavioural science perspective. Both lead…

How Do You Treat Yourself When You Can’t Go Anywhere?

How Do You Treat Yourself When You Can’t Go Anywhere?

When I was growing up, my family used the smallest of achievement as reason enough to go out for a celebratory dinner. Perhaps it was just a cover for my parents’ desire not to cook, but anytime I aced a test — or anybody in the family accomplished something at…

What to Do When Mice Have Invaded Your Home

What to Do When Mice Have Invaded Your Home

Do not be fooled by their cute and fuzzy faces: Mice are not creatures you want in your house. It’s one thing to see a little field mouse scurry down a path in a park, and another thing entirely when they’re chewing your furniture, leaving droppings all over the kitchen…

How to Ask Someone to Be a Job Reference

How to Ask Someone to Be a Job Reference

Despite how much has changed in terms of how we search for jobs (we’ve come a long way from paging through the local newspaper’s classified ads section) and the hiring process now being largely virtual, there’s one practice that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere: having to provide references.

How to Get the Most Out of Your One-Hour of Outdoor Exercise

How to Get the Most Out of Your One-Hour of Outdoor Exercise

Melbourne’s in stage four lockdown and anyone living in the city needs to follow strict restrictions including nighttime curfews, mandatory use of face masks, and limits on shopping and exercising outdoors. Given you can only workout for an hour outside, here are some tips to make the most of your…

Become a Socialist With This CEO Pay Calculator

Become a Socialist With This CEO Pay Calculator

You’ve probably heard, anecdotally, that Jeff Bezos earns your salary in some absurdly short amount of time — but do you know exactly how short? Well, now there’s a tech CEO salary calculator from SimpleTexting that can give you the infuriatingly precise answer. You can also use it to figure…

Use a Smart Speaker to Structure Your Kid’s At-Home School Day

Use a Smart Speaker to Structure Your Kid’s At-Home School Day

One of the perks of in-person school is the structure it brings to your kids’ day: There’s a schedule for students to follow, with clear start and finish times for each period, probably marked by a bell, and possible consequences for tardiness.

Set an Alarm for ‘Connection Time’ With Your Kids and Pets

Set an Alarm for ‘Connection Time’ With Your Kids and Pets

Just because you’re home with your partner, kids, or pets all the time now doesn’t mean you’ve gotten any better at spending time with each other. In fact, the opposite could be true; you might feel like there’s a little too much time being spent together right now. But quantity…

How to Get Real About Time Management, With CEO Tiffany Dufu

How to Get Real About Time Management, With CEO Tiffany Dufu

This week, we’re learning how to improve on our time management skills with help from Tiffany Dufu, Founder and CEO of The Cru. And spoiler alert: effective time management is not about time-blocking, to-do lists, or the Pomodoro Technique. Instead, it’s more about how to get clear about your priorities,…

It Is Time to Rearrange Your Stuff

It Is Time to Rearrange Your Stuff

If you didn’t work from home pre-covid, there’s a very good chance you do so now, and it’s possible that you’ve grown tired of looking at the interior of your living space. I’ve been working from home for about five years now and, as a person who gets bored very…

You Should Keep a Tiny Bottle of Bubbly in Your Fridge

You Should Keep a Tiny Bottle of Bubbly in Your Fridge

There are a lot of terrible things happening in the world right now, but — while it is completely fine and valid to be sad or angry about the terrible stuff — that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy, or even celebrate when good things happen. Even small things. Seeing as…

Watch Ancient Wonders Get Digitally Restored to Their Original Glory

Watch Ancient Wonders Get Digitally Restored to Their Original Glory

One of the most interesting parts of travel is getting to see human-built structures or natural wonders that have been around for hundreds or thousands of years (or at least what’s left of them). The city or landscape around them has changed, but the sites gives us a glimpse into…

How to Score Authentic Fyre Festival Gear

How to Score Authentic Fyre Festival Gear

The 2017 Fyre Festival was, well, a dumpster fire and not really a festival at all. Pitched as an exclusive luxury music festival in the Bahamas co-organised by Ja Rule and hyped up by influencers like Kendall Jenner, the event turned out to be no more than a collection of…

This ‘Stay Calm’ Video Series Is Great for Expectant Mums

This ‘Stay Calm’ Video Series Is Great for Expectant Mums

Pregnancy can be a time of joy and fear, excitement and stress — sometimes all at once. There are more resources online for pregnant women than ever before, but sometimes it’s nice to actually see and hear someone else’s experiences, especially during a time when we’re all so physically isolated….