Producing Paradise

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Monthly favourites — October 2019

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Reading time: 3 minutes We’re midway through Spring. It finally feels like winter is almost a distant memory and summer is right around the corner. Here are some things that we’ve been enjoying during this seasonal transition.

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Setting boundaries in a digital workplace

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Reading time: 3 minutes Taking inspiration from the “right to disconnect” law passed in France, I’ve reset my own boundaries for a healthy work-life balance in a digital workplace. Here’s some steps you can follow to do the same.

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Email management principles

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Reading time: 6 minutes I’ve found an approach to email management that works for me, which might help you too.

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Producing our branding

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Reading time: 6 minutes The process we followed to develop our branding, and how it played out.

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Understanding child themes in WordPress

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Reading time: 2 minutes The 101 on WordPress child themes and why they’re important. A WordPress child theme saves you time, provides greater flexibility and added security.

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What we’ve learned about taking lunch breaks

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Reading time: 4 minutes If you have the luxury of choosing when to take your lunch break each day, you might sometimes find it appealing to cut it short to “get more done”, or worse… just work through. We set out to take our full lunch break every day to see what would happen. So what did happen? Read on…

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Monthly(ish) favourites — July & August 2019

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Reading time: 4 minutes Life happened in July, as it does. We took the pressure off by combining our favourites for the last two months (and we’re giving Lil a break for a while, as life continues to happen!).

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Monthly favourites — June 2019

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Reading time: 2 minutes The end of the financial year, the start of winter, and a quiet time around these parts.

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Monthly favourites — May 2019

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Reading time: 2 minutes Game of Thrones ended, the weather got cold, Lil had a birthday, and Aimee went on holidays! Here’s what else stole our attention in May.

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How we use: WordPress for this blog

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Reading time: 2 minutes Why did we choose WordPress.org for this blog and why is it different to WordPress.com? Here’s our take, along with the steps we took to set up this blog.

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Monthly favourites — April 2019

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Reading time: 4 minutes April was filled with Easter Eggs and Anzac Cookies, among some of these other things!

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What happened when I had an untouchable day

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Reading time: 4 minutes In this era of uber-connection, it’s not often that you’re completely unreachable by anyone. So I gave it a go.

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Minimum Viable Product

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Reading time: 3 minutes How we developed a ‘minimum viable product’ for this website, and the questions we asked ourselves along the way.

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Reflections on starting a side project

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Reading time: 8 minutes Let’s just call them projects, because “side” or otherwise, we’ve learned that to do well takes a lot of work!

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Monthly favourites — March 2019

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Reading time: 6 minutes Here’s what we got stuck into in March: what we listened to, watched, read and learned. Our monthly favourites, if you will!

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Welcome to Jess Co

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Reading time: 2 minutes Imagine if you were a company: what are your brand pillars? What’s on your personal charter? What are the non-negotiable rules your “employees” must follow? Here Jess ponders how thinking of herself as a company might make some decisions much easier.

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Monthly favourites — February 2019

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Reading time: 6 minutes February went by fast, but we managed to stop and smell the roses / watch TV / use apps / read. Here are a few of our favourite things!

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How to choose a website platform

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Reading time: 2 minutes There are a zillion platform options, but they’re not one size fits all. Here’s how we chose the platform for our website, and the questions we asked ourselves.

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Forwarding to multiple addresses in Gmail

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Reading time: 2 minutes Gmail offers forwarding to one email at a time by default. Here’s how we got around it using forwarding addresses and filters.

Monthly favourites January 2019

Monthly favourites — January 2019

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Reading time: 6 minutes Our monthly favourites for January 2019. Things we’ve liked that you might too. (Also how is it 2019 already?!)

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Hey, I’m walking here!

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Reading time: 1 minute The benefits of walking meetings, and why you should consider taking some meetings outside. At least promise you’ll try it once.

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Monthly favourites — December 2018

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Reading time: 4 minutes Our monthly favourites for December 2018. Things we’ve been doing, reading, listening to, and learning lately.

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How we use: Trello for to do lists

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Reading time: 4 minutes If you’re asking yourself ‘what on earth is a Trello?’ then this is the post for you.

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Scheduling for life

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Reading time: 3 minutes If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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Just write it!

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Reading time: 2 minutes A statement of intention to become a better writer.

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Working a four day week

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Reading time: 3 minutes What changed when I made the leap to an eight day fortnight.

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Clear communication in a digital world

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Reading time: 4 minutes Approaches to ensure you’re communicating clearly and efficiently in a digital workplace setting.

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Inbox zero

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Reading time: 3 minutes I’m feeling pretty smug right now — I’ve achieved 21st century zen: the elusive Inbox Zero. I did it and you can too, let me explain…

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What a great idea

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Reading time: 2 minutes Too bad I thought of it.

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Stop, drop, do

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Reading time: 2 minutes My five non-negotiables at the end of the working day.