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What is 'Hooray for Monday'?

It's a monthly email of curated tips and challenges to develop you and your and career.


My promise to you is that this monthly email will:


  • take under five minutes to read (if you choose to follow links, it will take a little longer).

  • give you a smile (unless you have a heart of stone!)

  • include at least one thing that that will amuse, inform or inspire you.

  • plus, you can unsubscribe at any time.

Don't just take my word for it.  Here's what HFM readers say:

"Hooray for Monday is the perfect way to start the work week! Julie's advice is always a pleasure to read, it's not only witty, there's always tangible advice that helps start the week on a positive and productive note!"

Rebecca Gnessin, Manager, Philanthropy, American Express

"I enjoy the different angle from which HFM approaches the sometimes mundane world of work. It encourages us not to take serious matters TOO seriously".
Tim Harding, TfL (Transport for London), Head of Systems, Reporting and Support PMO

Read previous editions of HFM



April 2021

  • How to diminish the power of your inner critic

  • Strengthening and accessing your support team.

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January 2021

  • Say what you mean.

  • 5 ways to communicate more clearly.

  • 8 conversational habits that kill credibility.

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October 2020

Can I give you some feedback?"

What do you think when someone says those six little words to you?

Do you think - "Yippee, this is going to be a great growth opportunity!" or are your thoughts more along the lines of "Uh-oh, I'm about to be told I suck at something?"


This month we explore how to receive feedback (including praise).

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06 July 2020

  • HFM is going monthly!

  • Five lessons learned by doing things differently.

  • Five ways to create mental space.

  • Plus, in a world full of princesses, dare to be a hot-dog :)



15 June 2020

  • 16 strategies to cope with stress and overwhelm.

  • A mother is overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers.

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18 May 2020

It's never too late to change -


  • Coaching questions that you can use to overcome obstacles.

  • A 96-year-old proves it's never too late to learn something new. 

  • An inspiring story from Golden Age Karate.



28 April 2020

  • 3 strategies for dealing with trolls.

  • Real-life trolls who are cheeky rather than mean.



30 March 2020

  • How language can help you at work.

  • Daily challenges to keep you entertained at home.

  • What happens when you spend a lot of time in the house :)



09 March 2020

  • 7 career lessons from a mathematical genius who helped humans travel to into space (and most importantly travel back again safely).

  • The question that you all want to ask an astronaut.

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17 February 2020

  • How effective are the 1:1s that you run with your team?

  • Common frustrations that I hear from coaching clients regarding their 1:1s.

  • How bad bosses turn 1:1s into torture.

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27 January 2020

  • How to turn enemies into allies.

  • Your top rival can be your biggest ally.

  • The three Rs of making your enemies your allies.

  • Funny film fights between enemies.

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March 2021

  • How to stop overthinking and get more done.

  • 6 ways to stop overthinking everything.



December 2020

  • Finding positives in 2020.

  • Random acts of kindness.

  • 11 good things that have come out of the pandemic year.



September 2020

Take up my 4-week challenge to raise your visibility and deepen your network

  • Week 1: Get clear on your achievements and where you want to go next in your role / career.

  • Week 2: eek them out. 

  • Week 3: Connect with your network. 

  • Week 4: Share your brilliance.


29 June 2020

  • How doom-scrolling is slowly eroding your mental health and motivation.

  • WFH? How to get your motivation back.

  • Dogs lacking the motivation to go home. 

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08 June 2020

How to be more productive by doing less - sound good?

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11 May 2020

  • Overcoming the 3 P's to become more resilient -

  • Permanence, Pervasiveness and Personalisation.

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20 April 2020

The game is on!

  • How to use gamification to motivate teams.

  • Free online games for 44 year-old kids :)

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23 March 2020

  • Creating simplicity to reduce feelings of overwhelm.

  • The four laws of simplicity.

  • Happy dogs carrying sticks!



02 March 2020

Girl power edition for International Women's Day, containing greatest hits from HFM including:

  • Confidence

  • Negotiating a pay rise

  • Speaking assertively

  • Impostor syndrome

  • Saying no.

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10 February 2020

  • Tips and strategies to help you bounce back from disappointment.

  • A disappointed dog.



20 January 2020

  • Do you know what you want?

  • Questions to help you identify what's critical for you to address in your life, right now.

  • Quick tip guide - using coaching to advance your career.

  • Relaxing pet videos!



February 2021

  • Why variety is necessary for peak work performance.

  • 56 ways to increase variety (and beat boredom).

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November 2020

  • 10 ways to have better conversations.

  • 6 ways to become a better listener.

  • A beautiful reminder that conversations can happen without words.

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August 2020

Why you need a holiday and what to do when you have one - ​

  • A reminder of why holidays are so important.

  • 73 stay-cation ideas.

  • Recommendations of summer reads.

  • How you can become a vacation superhero.

  • How to use a summer break for a mid-year review and...

  • fails (yes it's slightly mean to laugh at people face-planting into a sand dune, but it's also rather funny).

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22 June 2020

  • How to boost your internal communications with infographics.

  • An infographic by Mona Chalabi, using 100 New Yorkers to demonstrate the impact of Covid-19 

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01 June 2020

How an imaginary board of directors can help your career / business.

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04 May 2020

  • WFH what we have learnt.

  • 9 strategies to make working from home more joyful.

  • Thoughts from dogs during lockdown!



06 April 2020

  • A visual tool to help you prioritise.

  • Adjusting your expectations of yourself during challenging times.

  • Good news stories to give you a boost.

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16 March 2020

  • Coronavirus - inside activities for kids (of all ages!)

  • Making wise and kind choices in difficult times.



24 February 2020

  • Are you being strategic or operational? A simple tool to help you find out.

  • What is the difference between strategic and operational thinking?

  • Kindness as a business strategy.



03 February 2020

Career skills that you can learn from rugby.



13 January 2020

  • Have you skipped in 2020?

  • How to deal with the post-holiday funk.

  • Job security - what's your CURVE score?

  • Awesome skipping videos.

Hungry for more?  Why not dip into the HFM archives?