100 episodes

My Pocket Psych is all about the psychology of the workplace. Each episode, we'll examine the world of work and explore a topic through the lens of psychology. We'll aim to give listeners tips to help improve their experience of work - moving from surviving to thriving! My Pocket Psych is brought to you by WorkLifePsych Ltd and hosted by Dr. Richard MacKinnon and Pilar Orti.

My Pocket Psych: The Psychology of the Workplace Dr. Richard A. MacKinnon

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My Pocket Psych is all about the psychology of the workplace. Each episode, we'll examine the world of work and explore a topic through the lens of psychology. We'll aim to give listeners tips to help improve their experience of work - moving from surviving to thriving! My Pocket Psych is brought to you by WorkLifePsych Ltd and hosted by Dr. Richard MacKinnon and Pilar Orti.

    Ep 119: How you’re sabotaging your sleep

    Ep 119: How you’re sabotaging your sleep

    In this episode, we return to the vital topic of sleep. Sleep really is the bedrock of our wellbeing, and if we're not getting enough quality sleep, it undermines all the other things we do to stay healthy. 
    We look at sleep through the lens of our daily habits and explore some of the ways we might be unintentionally depriving ourselves of the sleep we need. 
    Resources for this episode 
    'How to have a good day' by Caroline Webb
    'Why we sleep' by Matthew Walker
    Why your wellbeing initiative needs to include sleep 

    • 42 min
    Ep 118: Your productivity toolkit

    Ep 118: Your productivity toolkit

    In this episode, Richard and Pilar look at the essentials of any productivity toolkit: a place to keep tasks, a place to keep track of commitments and a place to keep notes. 
    With so many apps available, we'll look at some of our favourites and explain how they can support your productivity. They go from the totally free through to apps that need some investment. 
    We'd love to hear about your productivity app recommendations and why they help you get your important stuff done. You can get in touch on Twitter @MyPocketPsych or send us an email at podcast at WorkLifePsych dot com. 
    Thanks for listening!
    Resources mentioned in this episode 
    Task management apps
    Apple Reminders: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/reminders/id1108187841  "How to level up Apple Reminders": https://youtu.be/qwM8TlR8fk0  Todoist: https://todoist.com  Things 3: https://culturedcode.com/things/  Microsoft ToDo: https://todo.microsoft.com/tasks/  Omnifocus: https://www.omnigroup.com/omnifocus/  Trello: https://trello.com  Remarkable tablet: https://remarkable.com  Calendar apps
    Apple’s calendar app: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/calendar/welcome/mac  Google Calendar: https://www.google.com/calendar/about/  Microsoft Outlook: https://outlook.live.com/owa/  Fantastical: https://flexibits.com/fantastical  Schedule Once: https://www.oncehub.com  You can book me: https://youcanbook.me  Blog post about the Eisenhower matrix: https://www.worklifepsych.com/whats-the-difference-between-urgent-and-important/  Notes apps
    Microsoft OneNote: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/microsoft-365/onenote/digital-note-taking-app  Apple Notes: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/notes/id1110145109  Google Keep: https://www.google.com/keep/  Evernote: https://evernote.com  Craft Docs: https://www.craft.do  Bear Notes: https://bear.app  Zoho notebooks: https://www.zoho.com/notebook/  Pocket: https://getpocket.com/ 

    • 44 min
    Ep 117: The importance of rest

    Ep 117: The importance of rest

    Welcome to episode 117, where we take a look at the importance of rest - for our productivity, our effectiveness and our wellbeing.
    It’s easy to take it for granted and ‘squeeze’ if in where we can. But being intentional about rest and breaks from work can pay dividends. 
    Rest isn’t optional, it isn’t the last thing we should think of. Or only consider when we’re too tired to continue or when everything else on our todo list is done. Rest doesn’t have to mean sleep, either. We can take a break from work activities and engage intentionally with leisure activities. Going for a walk. Gardening. Reading. 
    The bottom line is that we need to prioritise rest as we do everything else we hold as important. Making space and time for rest allows us to flourish in the other domains of life.
    We’d love to hear how you take breaks and what rest looks like to you. Contact us on Twitter (@MyPocketPsych) or send us an email: podcast at WorkLifePsych dot com). 
    Thanks for listening!
    Resources for this episode
    Shane O’Mara’s book “In Praise of Walking” - https://amzn.to/3vVtO6W 
    Community post about the importance of rest - https://www.worklifepsych.club/posts/24498264?utm_source=manual 
    Link to Claudia Hammond’s book - ”The Art of Rest” - https://amzn.to/3BUhIP6 
    Link to episode on fresh starts - https://www.worklifepsych.com/podcast/096/ 
    Join our online community here: https://www.worklifepsych.club 

    • 23 min
    Ep 116: What’s in your in-box?

    Ep 116: What’s in your in-box?

    Welcome to episode 116, where Richard and Pilar explore the importance of getting intentional about managing our inbox.
    Rather than live in our email inbox, Richard outlines the benefits of another, separate inbox, accessible without delving into your email. Why? Because even in 2022, not all work comes to us via email!
    We look at how to get clarity on the tasks that come our way, apply some form of prioritisation to them and the importance of differentiating between individual tasks and projects. All in an attempt to focus on the right things and avoid the habit of 'busy'.
    Thanks for listening!
    Additional resources
    Podcast episode on task management: https://www.worklifepsych.com/podcast/ep-049-the-challenges-of-task-management/
    Podcast episode on the challenges of task management: https://www.worklifepsych.com/podcast/ep-049-the-challenges-of-task-management/
    How to chose a task management app: https://www.worklifepsych.com/how-to-choose-a-task-management-app/
    Webinar recording: getting started with Todoist: https://youtu.be/92owmoXNf7s

    • 33 min
    115: Personal Knowledge Management

    115: Personal Knowledge Management

    Welcome to episode 115, where we take an introductory look at the concept of Personal Knowledge Management. This concept has evolved in response to the very real contemporary experience of information overload. When knowledge workers globally are inundated with information from the moment they wake up, how do we decide what to pay attention to? What should we keep for later? And how can we overcome the limitations of our memories, to ensure we can use this knowledge at a later date?
    Richard and Pilar take a look at the core ideas of knowledge management, how it can be helpful and how you can make a start.
    We’d love to hear how you address this challenge and how you deal with the ‘firehose of information’ that comes your way each day. Send us a message on Twitter or drop us an email (podcast at WorkLifePsych dot com). We always love to hear from our listeners.
    Thanks for listening!
    Resources mentioned in this episode: ‘Building a Second Brain’ - Tiago Forte: https://www.waterstones.com/book/building-a-second-brain/tiago-forte/9781800812215 Readwise - https://readwise.io Obsidian notes app - https://obsidian.md

    • 33 min
    Ep 114: Dealing with the 'Sunday scaries'

    Ep 114: Dealing with the 'Sunday scaries'

    In this episode, Richard and Pilar look at the way anxiety about the working week ahead can ruin our Sundays - the so-called 'Sunday scaries'. We discuss why we can feel this way and some simple approaches to lessen the impact of these thoughts and emotions.
    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Interview with Gemma Roberts: https://www.worklifepsych.com/podcast/112/  Defusion episode: https://www.worklifepsych.com/podcast/ep-056-psychflex-in-action-4-seeing-thoughts-for-what-they-are/  Episode about anxious thoughts and feelings: https://www.worklifepsych.com/podcast/ep-061-anxious-thoughts-and-feelings/  Our task management episode: https://www.worklifepsych.com/podcast/ep-049-the-challenges-of-task-management/ 

    • 27 min

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