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  • Recharge and Rejuvenate: Mastering the Art of Disconnecting and Fueling Your Passions

    The constant hum of notifications, the endless stream of emails, the pressure to stay connected - it's no wonder we often feel overwhelmed and drained in today's digital age. A 2023 study published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions found that 60% of participants reported experiencing symptoms of smartphone addiction, highlighting the significant impact technology can have on our well-being. At 4020 Consult, we believe in fostering a healthy work-life balance for our team members, and that starts with the power of disconnecting and nurturing your passions. Disconnecting to Recharge: We often underestimate the importance of taking a break. Constant exposure to work emails, social media, and other distractions can leave us feeling stressed and disconnected from ourselves. This is where the art of setting boundaries comes in: Identify your priorities: What truly matters to you? Family time, personal hobbies, or simply unplugging to recharge? Recognizing your values is the first step to protecting them. Master your technology: Utilize tools like Groov to manage work communication and silence notifications after hours. Explore apps designed to limit distractions and promote mindful phone use. A 2022 study by the University of California, Berkeley, found that participants who used a mindfulness app to reduce phone use reported significant improvements in sleep quality, attention span, and well-being. Communicate with confidence: Be clear and assertive when setting boundaries. Whether it's a "focus time" block in your calendar or a simple "unavailable after 7 PM" statement, your needs are valid. Disconnecting isn't just about work! Here are some tips for setting boundaries in all aspects of life: Limit social media scrolling: Schedule specific times to check social media and stick to them. Consider turning off notifications to avoid the constant pull. A 2021 study published in Computers in Human Behavior found that reducing social media use to 30 minutes per day significantly reduced feelings of loneliness and depression. Learn to say no: Don't be afraid to politely decline commitments that don't align with your priorities. Protecting your time and energy is essential for your well-being. Prioritize quality sleep: Establish a regular sleep schedule and create a relaxing bedtime routine. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night for optimal health and well-being. Fueling Your Passions: Taking time for activities you enjoy isn't just fun, it's essential for well-being and overall success. Hobbies offer a variety of benefits: Stress relief: Engaging in activities you love helps you unwind, de-stress, and recharge your mental batteries. A 2019 study by the Mayo Clinic found that hobbies can reduce stress hormones, improve mood, and boost the immune system. Creativity boost: Hobbies can spark creativity, problem-solving skills, and even enhance cognitive function. A 2020 study published in Psychology of Music found that learning a musical instrument can improve memory, attention span, and cognitive flexibility. Social connection: Many hobbies provide opportunities to connect with others, build communities, and foster meaningful relationships. A 2018 study by Harvard University found that strong social connections are essential for physical and mental health, and can even contribute to a longer lifespan. Confidence building: Mastering new skills or achieving goals through hobbies can boost your self-confidence and overall sense of well-being. A 2017 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that individuals who participated in activities they felt passionate about reported higher levels of self-esteem and life satisfaction. Tips to Make Time for Your Passions: Identify your spark: What ignites your curiosity and brings you joy? Don't be afraid to explore new activities or revisit old favorites. Schedule your fun: Block out time in your calendar dedicated to your hobby, just like you would any important appointment. Start small: Don't feel pressured to become an expert overnight. Begin with manageable steps and gradually increase your involvement as your passion grows. Find your community: Join clubs, groups, or online forums related to your hobby. Sharing your passion with others can enhance the experience. At 4020 Consult, we encourage our team members to pursue their passions and create a healthy work-life balance. Remember, prioritizing your well-being allows you to be a happier, more productive individual in all aspects of life. Share your thoughts in the comments below! What are some tools or techniques you use to disconnect and recharge? What are your favorite hobbies and how do they benefit you? What tips do you have for others looking to establish better work-life balance and explore their passions?

  • Mental Health First Aid

    In October 2023, as part of our WeCARE4U initiative, the 4020 Consult team completed their Mental Health First Aid® Australia course and are now all Accredited Mental Health First Aiders! 💛 Did you know that 1 in 5 Australians have experienced a mental health issue at some point in their lives? That means that you probably know someone, work with someone, love someone, or are related to someone experiencing a mental health issue. 4020 Consult are committed to supporting our community and breaking down barriers surrounding mental health. Together let's break the stigma and support each other! 🧠 💪

  • QMCA Olympic Infrastructure Breakfast

    What a morning! Virginia and Mark were delighted to attend the Queensland Major Contractors Association (QMCA) Olympics Infrastructure breakfast this morning 🏅 2032 is set to be an incredible year for Brisbane and 80% of Olympic infrastructure is already exisiting with indoor sports centres being a major investment in Logan and Chandler! Not to mention, Seqwater's Wyaralong Dam will be upgraded to host a 2km rowing venue and 4 premier villages will be situated in Northshore Hamilton, Maroochydore, Robinson Centre and Kooralbyn Rowing Village. 4020 Consult would like to thank guest speakers Damon Hall and Grantley Switzer. And a big thank you to QMCA for hosting the event!

  • The Decline in Infrastructure Projects in NSW and VIC

    With the recent decline in infrastructure projects in NSW and VIC, there has never been a better time to relocate to the Sunshine State where growth and development are flourishing. The infrastructure landscape in NSW and VIC is uncertain with the NSW premier declaring that “a range of infrastructure projects will be put on ice” and in a similar cost cutting exercise the VIC government has also signalled their level of concern for the teetering construction sector. However with every challenge there is opportunity and 4020 Consult are all about presenting the best possibilities for you and your career. Here is why now is the best time to move to QLD: Increased Infrastructure Opportunities Our clients in QLD are actively seeking your skil ls for current and upcoming infrastructure projects. The Olympics 2032 and Queensland’s Energy Transition are supercharging the industry in Queensland creating amazing opportunities. The vacancy rate for Engineers has increased by 36% in the last 12 months and 25% of all employers intended to increase the number of contracted engineers in the next year. 2032 Olympic Games With less than 9 years to go, the Olympic related projects are ramping up and we are proud to be involved in some exciting city shaping venue and stadium projects. Ensuring the legacy the Olympics creates for future generations with practical, community centric developments is of paramount importance. 4020 Consult have recently placed Project Managers on the first Olympic Venue project, the Victoria Park/Barrambin project (Equestrian & BMX), and we will soon commence work on the new Redland Whitewater Centre - another unique and beautiful event venue. Rail Infrastructure The Queensland Government has committed to 45-minute commute times from the key areas outside of Brisbane i.e. Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba. To facilitate this there are major brown and greenfield Rail Infrastructure projects all to be completed prior to the commencement of the 2032 Olympics. 4020 Consult are placing candidates with Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3, Cross River Rail, Beerburrum to Nambour and the soon to commence Logan Gold Coast Faster Rail. 4020 Consult have recently placed Project Directors, Commercial Managers, Design Managers and Project Engineers onto these Rail projects. Bulk Water Infrastructure Water security and drought resilience are critical for sustaining life and Australia’s primary industries. Dam safety upgrades, network infrastructure along with pumped hydro mega projects have attracted record investment from State and Federal Governments in QLD. Our Water team underpins Government, Advisory & Construction companies with Engineering, Project Controls and Commercial capability through our vast network in Australia. Energy Transition The Queensland Government has committed to 80% Renewable Energy targets by 2032. 4020 Consult are working with Government, asset owners, and Construction companies to help deliver some of the largest scale clean energy projects in the world. Resou rcing for projects like the $14BN Borumba Pumped Hydro project located less than one hour from the Sunshine Coast are a big part of the challenge to achieve our targets. We at 4020 Consult have already placed in Engineering, Project Management, Commercial and Supervisory opportunities in Wind, Solar and Pumped Hydro projects in Queensland. Work-life Balance Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy a healthier work-life balance in areas with less congestion, shorter commutes and more affordable cost of living – which is important especially in the current economic climate. Investment potential As QLD regions grow, property values and investment opportunities may increase, offering long-term financial benefits. 4020 Consult was established to provide our clients within the Construction and Engineering sectors with a genuine advantage when it comes to sourcing the best professional resources available. With a clear focus on these critical sectors, 4020 Consult engages in genuine partnerships with a select group of clients to enhance their business and project outcomes. We achieve this through our ability to connect these clients to the highest quality of industry professionals from within our team, extensive networks and the broader community. Relocating can be a significant decision for you, but we believe that in QLD the possibilities are endless. All of our client partners would be open to supporting relocation and ensuring a positive “soft landing” in Queensland. If you’re interested in an opportunity to relocate to sunny QLD, please contact a 4020 Consult Advisor. Mark Pilkington - Water 0420 523 007 | mark@4020consult.com Jarrod Borchert - OT and Client side building 0433 411 873 | jarrod@4020consult.com | Sharon Wood - Civil PMs, COO, CEO, Advisory 0416 515 144 | sharon@4020consult.com Vicky Rilling – Civil PEs and SPEs 0414 358 535 | victoria@4020consult.com

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