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Breathing Space: Living and Working at a Comfortable Pace

Is the crushing burden of information and communication overload dragging you down? By day's end, do you feel overworked, overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted? Would you like to be more focused, productive, and competitive, while remaining balanced and in control?

Author Jeff Davidson says, "If you're continually facing too much information, too much paper, too many commitments, and too many demands, you need Breathing Space."


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Patricia O'Gorman: Dancing Backwards In High Heels

James Davison Hunter: The Death of Character

John D. Drake: Downshifting

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Handling a PC Virus Attack - Breathing Space Blog

* Call a PC guru

* Don't shut off your PC which could trigger the infection.

* Disconnect your online connection.

* Back up any new data, it might be your only chance. Try to clean it later.

* Use another PC to learn about the virus.

* Employ anti-virus software to scan and clean. If not treatable, delete the file.

* Brief your anti-virus software vendor, in case it's an new virus.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

200 Health Decisions per Day - Breathing Space Blog

Each day you make at least 200 seemingly inconsequential health decisions. “Should you take the stairs or the elevator? Choose the oil-and-vinegar dressing or the creamy processed one? Go for a 30-minute walk with your dog after dinner or plant yourself like a root vegetable on the couch?” 
                Travis Stork, M.D., author The Lean Belly Prescription

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Monday, May 11, 2020

How Will You Measure of Your Life - Breathing Space Blog

An intriguing book:

How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon. "An unconventional book of inspiration and wisdom for achieving a fulfilling life."

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Monday, May 04, 2020

Five Mega-Realities of Life - Breathing Space Blog

The five mega-realities of life serve as a framework to understanding change and how we can adjust our thinking and activities to maintain some semblance of control.

Sitting right where you are, what you now know about population — the fact that the world gains more than a quarter million people per day enables you to safely predict the following:

1) Investing in real estate, more specifically a home, now while prices are depressed and interest rates are low will be a sound financial move almost independent of your economic station in life.

2) Adopting a somewhat contrarian mindset will prove to be advantageous. Attempting to head into the city or out of the city at the same time as everyone, or booking theater or restaurant reservations at the same time as everyone else will be problematic or increasingly so as time passes. Commutes in all directions will become more arduous. Hence, living closer to work, living closer to shopping and conveniences, telecommuting occasionally, and shopping online will only grow in attractiveness and utility.

3) Old friends become more valued friends. Anchors such as family, close business associates, former college roommates and those who have shared experiences with us become more important with the passing of time. This is not to downplay the role of new friends, for indeed they can become great friends and eventually even old friends!

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Handling Other People's Voicemail - Breathing Space Blog

To successfully deal with other people's voicemail:

* Speak a little louder than usual, enunciating as you speak.

* Say your name and organization, and then slowly leave your phone number.

* Follow that with a short, essential message.

* Make your message last 40 to 50 seconds....  too short, and it might seem insignificant. Too long, and you may irk the other party.

* Pretend you're writing your phone number in the air as you're reciting it.
Some callers speak too fast, making recipients replay the message repeatedly.

* Days later, if you’ve had no reply? Say, "I'm calling to follow-up on my call last Tuesday."

* Be flexible when offering times and dates when you can be reached.

Be friendly and personable. You'll stand out like few other callers that day!

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Friday, April 17, 2020

In Tandem; Eating Poorly, Living Poorly - Breathing Space Blog

Nanci Hellmich writing in USA Today once cited a study conducted for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicating that Americans are not eating enough fruits and vegetables:

“Despite mom's good advice, most of us aren't eating our fruits and vegetables, at least not enough of them, according to a large government study released Thursday. Only about 27% of adults in the USA ate vegetables three or more times a day in 2005, and 33% ate fruit two or more times a day that year.

A higher percentage of women than men ate this much, according to interviews with more than 305,000 people conducted for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” Truer now that it was 15 years ago!

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Pare Down for more Breathing Space - Breathing Space Blog

My book, Breathing Space which has been translated into Japanese, French, Italian, Chinese, Malay, and Spanish, introduces 'paring down.'  It's a means of discarding what does not serve you, what does not support your work, what does not make your home life more pleasant, what gets in the way, or what you've been hanging onto for too long.

Where in your personal or professional life can you pare down? Check the items below that you suspect require attention. Use this list as a starting point, since many areas may not be of concern to you or you may need to add some of your own areas.

Where else can I pare down?:
[ ] Front hall closet
[ ] Kitchen cupboards
[ ] Bedroom closet
[ ] Under kitchen sink
[ ] Den closet
[ ] Under bathroom sink
[ ] Other closet
[ ] Medicine cabinet
[ ] Linen closet
[ ] Attic
[ ] Laundry room
[ ] Basement
[ ] Garage
[ ] Bookshelves
[ ] Back porch
[ ] Other shelves
[ ] File drawers
[ ] DVD collection
[ ] File folders
[ ] Cassette collection
[ ] Hard drive
[ ] CD collection
[ ] Other collection
[ ] Clothing drawers
[ ] Coats
[ ] Shirts, blouses
[ ] Ties, scarves
[ ] Pants, Skirts
[ ] Handbags, pocketbooks
[ ] Footwear
[ ] Briefcases, valises
[ ] Magazines
[ ] Duplicates, triplicates
[ ] Newspapers
[ ] Other piles
[ ] Newsletters
[ ] Other assemblages
[ ] Items I haven't used in years
[ ] Items I've never used
[ ] Items I can donate
[ ] Anything else I can think of!!

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