We asked our participants what they found most challenging about their stay at CCS. Most common response? Thumb twiddling.  The majority of people we spoke to decided that having too much spare time was their biggest bugbear during a study. I was knocked back in my efforts to devise a solitary confinement piece, not sure why. Instead, I bring you an assemblage of ways you can make your spare time work for you.



Glaringly obviously no doubt, but why not have a good read. I don’t know about you but I’d love to read something fictional for a change. Spare me the peer reviewed journals for just one day. Here’s my list of favourites from recent times. Enjoy.

  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things – Bryn Greenwood
  • Everything I never told you – Celeste Ng
  • The Girls – Emma Cline
  • Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
  • Evicted – Matthew Desmond



CCS is awash with worldly folk all with a different story to tell. The recreation room is ice-breaker central with parlour games galore. Aside from the obvious benefits of a good mingle, mixing with your fellow homosapeans has other benefits which will make your time here all the more rewarding.

Socialisation reduces stress levels and fights off depression. How so you might say? Well, humans are the only mammals who can become stressed by their own thoughts. Think about that for a second, but not too hard. Having a good yarn with your fellow participants will help you relax into your environment and you might make a few new friends while you’re at it. At any given time, we will have seasoned volunteers and newbies alike amongst our ranks. Why not have a chat with someone who has been around the block, or make a newcomer feel at home. We’re all in this together.

According to a University of Michigan study from 2008, chatting to someone for at least 10 minutes per day can improve your memory and mental performance. Free time is something you will have in abundance whist on study. Boost that grey matter and get amongst it. 


Clear out your inbox

Email sanity is imperative. Getting on top of 26,342 emails is an insurmountable task for most, why not put your time to good use and de-clutter your Everest sized inbox.

Handy tips enclosed within


Organize your finances

What do you mean you haven’t filed your tax return yet? Dude, EOFY was back in June. Boost your balance with that yearly golden shower from the ATO.



Unleash your inner monk and use your time to take control of your spirit world. Mindfulness yo!

Check out this handy how to guide if like me you’re more backwards facing sloth than downward facing dog

Log / blog

If you’ve got an affinity for the written word, get to jotting. And hey, if you want to send anything our way we’d love an insight into the mind of a volunteer. If it’s any good we’ll find a home for it