This practical workshop will share simple tools and techniques that anyone can use to stay focused, overcome distractions, and regain a sense of control in a busy life. You’ll learn how to tame a busy mind, make wise choices about what gets your attention, and care for this precious but limited resource. Boost your productivity, reduce stress and anxiety, and bring moments of true clarity and connection back to your life.

Students said: "It was valuable to get strategies I could apply straight away" and "There were some good tactics to help me stay focussed". 

About the presenter

Susan Pearse is a three times best selling author and leadership expert who is passionate about Conscious Leadership, thinking differently and creating impact by paying attention to what matters most. For two decades Susan has introduced her brain techniques into businesses, nationally and internationally, and helped them achieve high performance. More information can be found at

May be eligible for CDS.

About Candidature management

Undertaking a research degree is a huge commitment and requires many skills. Gaining an understanding of these techniques and strategies early, will assist you to complete and submit your thesis efficiently. 

Useful links

  • Advice by Student Services: Working with your advisor
  • Short excerpt on PhD Survival 
  • The PhD Survival video : Doing a PhD is meant to be challenging, and most doctoral students feel overwhelmed by the task at times. But many find that their work - and their lives - are compromised by feelings of loneliness, inadequacy or anxiety. The consequences can be abandoned PhDs, disrupted careers and damaged mental health.
  • The Thesis Whisperer: PhD support blog by A/Prof Inger Mewburn, Director of Researcher Development, ANU
  • Patter: PhD and writing support blog by Prof Pat Thomson, School of Education, University of Nottingham
  • Postgrad Forum: An extensive forum of PhDs from all over the world discussing life, work, research, career, and anything PhD
  • The PhD Forum: A Twitter-based social support group, online writing lounge, collaboration directory