Journal

  • Welcome to the blog/website of Dr Gareth Furber

    August 10, 2019 by

    Welcome to my blog/website! In truth I’ve written that a few times over my life. I’ve started and abandoned a number of blogs in my time. I’m probably not alone in that fact. Will this time be different? I don’t know. All I know is that this time I have a clearer sense of the… Read more

  • When times are tough, build and nurture connections

    October 13, 2022 by

    This is a repost from a short article I wrote for the Student Health and Wellbeing Blog at Flinders. We aren’t separate from the world. We are intricately intertwined within it. Reminding ourselves of that and nurturing the connection points can be a good antidote to becoming limited in our field of view when stressed.… Read more

  • My current reading/ watching/ listening list

    August 21, 2022 by

    I subscribe to a bunch of newsletters, blogs, websites and video channels that have a focus on wellbeing. It makes total sense when you consider my job involves communicating these concepts to others 🙂 I thought I’d share the best of the ones that I currently subscribe to. I don’t recommend you try to follow… Read more

  • Rationale, not feelings, as your guide to good work

    July 16, 2022 by

    I’ve had a couple of weird weeks work-wise. By most measures, they have been successful. We’ve had a publication go live, we won an award, we delivered successful training, collaborations were formed (I use ‘we’ here specifically because all were genuine team efforts). These successes were culminations of hard work over many months and years.… Read more

  • We published a paper on Visualising Mental Health

    July 16, 2022 by

    One of my passion projects is Visualising Mental Health. We give 3rd Year Communication Design students at the University of South Australia mental health concepts and get them to develop novel prototypes (campaigns, products, programs, objects, installations etc) inspired by those concepts. It has been running since 2016 as a core training/assessment component for those… Read more

  • Methods and reasons for self-reflection

    June 26, 2022 by

    I talked in a previous post about areas of life to optimise for balancing wellbeing and productivity. I wanted to expand on one of those areas in this post: self-reflection. Self-reflection is a process of continuous self-monitoring and assessment with the purpose of helping us make better choices in our lives. It can be as… Read more

  • 12 best areas of life to optimise for wellbeing and productivity

    June 19, 2022 by

    Since starting working at Flinders University in a student support role in 2017, I have been pondering the challenge of how to balance productivity and wellbeing. This isn’t just the challenge that students face, I see the same challenge for staff as well. I see the same challenge for a lot of people outside of… Read more

  • An update on my personal journaling method

    June 13, 2022 by

    In my last post I outlined a simple journaling practice that I had developed. I have continued with that journaling method and even made a few upgrades. What has become clear to me is that my journaling practice is a good place to play around with wellbeing and positive mental health concepts that I encounter… Read more

  • A simple journaling method I’ve been using

    April 2, 2022 by

    Early this year as part of my preparations for what I knew would be a busy year, I developed a simple journaling ritual. I do this in the morning, before kicking off my work for the day. It is part of a bigger ritual in which I clarify the tasks I need to do for… Read more

  • Good Vibes Experiment materials released as open-source

    March 12, 2022 by

    This week, Flinders University released the Good Vibes Experiment materials to the general public. The Good Vibes Experiment is a student-led mental health focused campaign that I got to work on and it is really cool to see it released to the public. We started work on it in June 2020 and released it within… Read more

  • An argument for diverse interests and passions

    February 20, 2022 by

    During my time in academia, I struggled to describe what my core interest area was. This made it hard to hone in on well defined research questions, to identify key collaborators, to pursue funding opportunities. My (in)ability to provide a coherent answer to ‘what is your research area?’ contributed to my exit from academia. It… Read more

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