082: How to fight fair

This week Kelly and Carly discuss conflict and how to manage it without falling into a heap. Topics covered: Understanding the cause of the conflict Admitting when you’re wrong Focussing on a resolution instead of winning Recognising your conflict partner’s fighting style Choosing your timing and words carefully That very dry article Carly found about…

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BONUSODE: A Real-Life Approach to Diet and Lifestyle Detoxes

Last year Kelly arranged for a whole bunch of Straight and Curly shows to be transcribed because some of our listeners were keen to be able to read back over some of their favourite shows. While going over those transcripts, she realised there was a fair amount of solid information contained within and thought, ‘Hmm,…

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081: How We Eat

In this episode, Kelly and Carly revisit their popular diet series and have a detailed chat about where they stand on things like sugar, wheat/gluten and meat. They then go into detail about what a typical eating day for them looks like, along with  the personal preferences, philisophies and physical realities that  dictate how and…

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080: The hidden load at home

This week Kelly and Carly dissect the hidden role of (mostly) women as the administrators of their household. Remembering that we’re running low on toilet paper. That it’s dress up day at the kids’ school on Friday. That we need to tell everyone what to bring to the BBQ on Saturday. The list goes on…

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079: Life Hack Experiment – Single-tasking

Multi-tasking. We all do it. And most of us think we’re really good at it. But research has shown there is really no such thing. What we all call multi-tasking is actually task switching – going back and forth rapidly between tasks. The problem with task switching is it’s inefficient and burns through brain energy…

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078: Should You Ever Work For Free?

In creative industries in particular, working for free to gain exposure and build relationships that allow you to ascend the career ladder faster goes with the territory. In other words, anyone who’s a successful creative has done it. Which is why it frustrates Carly and Kelly to hear successful folk tell up and comers they…

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077: Dealing with information overload

A wonderful yet highly challenging thing about the world we live in today is the amount of information we have access to. It’s exciting to be able to access data on any imaginable topic, but many of us are also drowning in a sea of free resources and a blog reader full of posts we’ll…

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076: Phone Addiction

Carly removed the Facebook app from her phone ages ago. After watching Carly do it, plus listening to another friend espouse the benefits of it, Kelly also removed the app from her phone. Interestingly, she saw absolutely no increase in productivity or happiness. Maybe this means she’s not as addicted to Facebook as she thought…

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075: Mastering Memory

Carly’s quite good at remembering things, Kelly’s totally rubbish. As in ‘forgot to pick up a friend’s kids from school on Monday’ rubbish. But that might be because Carly is an S on the Myers-Briggs scale (easily processes information at a detail level) while Kelly is an N (processes information at a more conceptual level).…

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074: We tackle listener problems

Kelly and Carly always try to do something a little different for the shows that end a season and this episode is no different. They asked their listeners if they had any burning personal problems or questions they needed help with and in this show, they work through those questions. Leigh wants to know if…

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073: How to say no

For most of Kelly’s life, she’s been a dedicated over-committer, completely addicted to watching people’s faces light up when she said ‘Yes’ to them. As with everything, she had to learn the hard way to say No and actually spent a whole year (2012 to be specific) practising it. Carly, as you’ll know from previous episodes, hates saying…

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072: Waking up early

This episode comes straight out of one of the many amazing discussions that occur in the Straight and Curly Facebook group. Laura wants to get up early but when her alarm goes off each morning, says she physically can’t get out of bed. She asked the group for advice and there were so many great…

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071: Perfectionism

Kelly never used to think she was a perfectionist – but in researching for her second book Practical Perfection, discovered she was. Carly used to think she was … but has now decided she’s actually just a really high-functioning human! So, what even is perfectionism and if you’ve got it, how do you manage it? If you’re someone…

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070: How we got where we are today

Someone in the Straight and Curly Facebook group wanted to know what paths Carly and Kelly travelled after finishing high school and how they both ended up becoming writers. As it turns out, their paths were very different and this episode takes listeners (and the girls!) on an interesting trip down memory lane. Kelly started…

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069: How to be more decisive

Kelly and Carly are both incredibly decisive people. Mostly because neither can handle the time-wasting aspect of taking ages to come to a decision. In this episode they share their best tips for taking the agonising out of your decision-making process: Spend your decision allowance on things that matter Use the information you have to…

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