Thursday, February 26, 2015
Forsake "Woe is Me" - Breathing Space Blog
Steve Rizzo, author of Get Your Shift Together
says to, "Stop using your toxic past as an ID card to validate your right to
proclaim your 'woe-is-me' story to the world. Practice awareness and
choose to break free from The Big Mouth Inside Your Head now."
Labels: awareness, free, Rizzo, toxic, validate
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Getting Hacked = No Breathing Space - Breathing Space Blog
Using any of the 25 most popular passwords
of 2014 is highly risky. A hacked
password equals no breathing space
. Instead make up
something more complex, with random letters and numbers, such as
ij6kf40d1. Or use an acronym and numbers known only to you, such
a mwdSina8 ("my wonderful dog Skippy is now age 8").
These are a hackers delight:
1. 123456 (Rank unchanged from 2013)
2. password (Unchanged)
3. 12345 (Up 17)
4. 12345678 (Down 1)
5. qwerty (Down 1)
6. 123456789 (Unchanged)
7. 1234 (Up 9)
8. baseball (New)
9. dragon (New)
10. football (New)
11. 1234567 (Down 4)
12. monkey (Up 5)
13. letmein (Up 1)
14. abc123 (Down 9)
15. 111111 (Down 8)
17. access (New)
18. shadow (Unchanged)
19. master (New)
20. michael (New)
21. superman (New)
22. 696969 (New)
23. 123123 (Down 12)
24. batman (New)
25. trustno1 (Down 1)
Labels: disruption, hack, password, risk
Monday, February 16, 2015
Paper Reduction as an Art Form - Breathing Space Blog
Brett Weston was an artist with vision.
While most artists consider the destruction of their work a tragedy, as reported in Time
magazine, photographer Brett Weston always considered it a necessity. Best known for haunting semi-abstract nature studies in the tradition of his famous father Edward, Weston vowed for years to destroy his negatives so that others could not make new prints from them after his death.
On his 80th birthday, Weston kept his vow. Surrounded by friends and family, he tossed hundreds of negatives into the living-room fireplace of his home in Carmel, California. Art historians and photography curators were horrified. The Center for Creative Photography, a photographic archive in Tucson, even sent a representative to Weston’s home in an unsuccessful effort to persuade him to change his mind. Weston insisted that he was merely limiting his legacy to work fashioned by his own hand. “Nobody can print it the way I do,” Weston explained. “It wouldn’t be my work.”
Labels: art, clutter, duplicate, paper, waste
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
For Breathing Space, Concentrate! - Breathing Space Blog
Here are notes I took from Sam Horn's session on Concentration years back. Still great advice to this day!
* Concentration defined: voluntarily focused attention.
* Discipline of ignoring irrelevant matters
* Fixing ones' powers, efforts and attention
* Most people work best under a deadline; when their concentration is focused.
* Fatigue is a big road block to concentration
This last note is telling!:
* Society is moving towards a lower frustration tolerance
with less discipline, and more need for immediate gratification. These are detriments to concentration.
Labels: advice, concentration, focus, information management
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Seek Completions All Day - Breathing Space Blog
The process of giving yourself a mental completion on all tasks or even thoughts, described in my book Breathing Space
, sets up a mental partition for you whereby you have more energy, focus, and direction for what’s next.
You can practice completions all day long. When you get up tomorrow morning, whether you had good sleep or bad sleep, you'll be complete with that phase of your day, and so on. If you give yourself acknowledgment, and this takes only two or three seconds, you will have more energy, more focus, and more direction for whatever else you face.
Labels: completion, direction, energy, focus, stress.organization
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Smell the Roses! - Breathing Space Blog
Studies at The Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation
shows that flowery odors will help your brain function more effectively. Test subjects were asked to complete puzzles before and after being exposed to flowery odors. The scents apparently relax or improve your mood—subjects were able to complete puzzles 17% faster after smelling the flowers.
Labels: aromatherapy, brain, effectiveness, productivity, relax
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Drugs, Unfortunately, Rule - Breathing Space Blog
Where is the Breathing Space
in a nation that pops a pill at every turn? You'll never convince me otherwise: as a society our default response to information and communication overload is ingesting psychopharmaceuticals.
Patrick Di Justo, writing years back in Wired Magazine said, "America may be the land of Mickey Mouse and Goofy, but the U.S. isn’t exactly the happiest place on Earth. Antidepressants are the most commonly popped pills in the country, accounting for 227 million prescriptions filled last year alone. Of course, Prozac and its descendants aren’t the only popular psychiatric meds: Remedies for seizure disorders -- often used to treat bipolar disease, as well as epilepsy -- and for anxiety are among the 10 most-prescribed drugs in the nation."
"But even as our hunger for pills has grown, basic innovation has slowed. Many “new” medications are actually reformulations of previously approved drugs, not novel molecules. As a result, some of the most widely taken treatments have been around for years: Today's leading anxiety beater, alprazolam, for example, originally hit the market in 1981 as Xanax."
Labels: communication, health, information overload, medicine, science