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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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James Davison Hunter: The Death of Character

John D. Drake: Downshifting

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Less Clutter, More Life - Breathing Space Blog

With the introduction of satellite television, the Internet, which was not prominent before 1993, and all the consumer choices that exist, many things that compete for your time and attention. If you cram that into the same 24-hour day or 168-hour week that you have always had, then your perception will be that time is speeding by.

For example, if you talk to a friend, watch a single television show while doing nothing else, read a book, or engage in any singular activity for one hour, you will have a certain perception of how quickly that hour will pass. But, if you pack more tasks into that same hour: the television being on, trying to read a book, maybe eating, maybe looking at 4-year-old; maybe a friend calls; maybe fiddling with an iPhone, and so on, then you perception of time changes. So, the more things that you can fit into that hour, then more things compete for your time and attention, and the faster that hour passes will seem to pass.

Does this seem like all the makings of a chaotic life? We each have 24 hours in day, so how are you supposed to fit in all of your daily tasks without getting so stressed out or frustrated that you cannot finish any? The answer is: less is more.

You can only eat one meal at a time. Focus on the task at hand and reflect on that 60's phrase, Be Here Now! You can actually taste the food when you are eating. You can actually watch the show that you are watching. You can actually play the sport that you are playing. Have the emotional and financial strength to let go of all the peripheral items competing for your time and attention and focus on the activity at hand.

The message that is being disseminated in contemporary society is to practice multi-tasking. "Do multiple things at once." "Click here." "Push here." "Turn me on." "Switch me on." Every place you look, you are besieged by more items competing for your time and attention. Now, people actually have dwindling attention spans. They lack the ability to remain focused on the same subject for more than a few minutes and, sadly, some people for more than a few seconds.

The key to reclaiming your time is to practice the art, something I call an art, of doing one thing at a time. Sounds pretty simple, doesn't it? Focus on the task at hand and be present in the moment.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Place Marker: Silence - Breathing Space Blog

Here's a good article on the importance of silence in various aspects if our lives.

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Outrageous Information Overload - Breathing Space Blog

An observation as to why we face massive information overload: our equipment, computers, laptops, and mobile devices will become ever more powerful, but our ability to take full advantage of their capabilities will always be lagging.  Pare down, focus, organize, and let go of the extraneous

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Manage Your Commute - Breathing Space Blog

1. Keep your car in top shape. Take it in for servicing if you even suspect something is askew.

2. Join an automotive club. They pay for themselves after one tow.

3. Wean yourself of flicking on the radio the moment you step into the car, or of listening to shock talkers who offer little to your life. Instead...

4. Install a CD player to control your environment to and from work. Patronize your local library for lectures, plays, books, and music on CD.

5. Ride with the windows closed and the A/C on. You'll get the same MPG as otherwise, the ride will to be quieter, and you'll have more control of your immediate environment.

6. Keep spare car keys in your house and spare house keys hidden in a faithful "Hide-a-Key" compartment which magnetically attaches under the bumper.

7. Hide several quarters, key phone numbers, a pad, and a pen in your car.

8. During your ride, reflect on what you'd like to complete or how you'd like your day to go.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Benefit from Intelligent Design - Breathing Space Blog

Items that you use at least twice a day, such as a dictionary, thesaurus, or style handbook, should be within arm's reach or in a nearby drawer. Other items that you use less frequently may be stored in an adjacent drawer, or in a filing cabinet that's not in the way when you're working. Periodically consider different devices, such as computer trays, hanging lamps, and swivel mechanisms that could make you feel more comfortable and be more productive at your desk. Your work day is too important!

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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Multi-Tasking, Bad Idea - Breathing Space Blog

What happens when you jump between different projects at one time? It may feel dynamic -- after all, you're exerting lots of activity. There's a severe loss of productivity, however, because your brain works on one thing at a time. Multi-tasking is fine for computers but not so great for human beings.

Although it may seem like you're working on several things at once, your brain is turning back and forth between the tasks. Switching from task to task is not as productive as staying on one job until it is completed. Studies have been published that indicate the harmful, long- term effects of multi-tasking. Practice the art of doing one thing at a time!

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Intermittant Explosive Disorder - Breathing Space Blog

Road rage in the U.S. might be more common than previously suspected and could extend beyond the road as well.

By some estimates almost 16 million Americans are afflicted with a disorder that results in them erupting into screaming and possibly violent outbursts, sometimes at the slightest provocation.
Intermittent Explosive Disorder is regarded as a “pattern of explosive outbursts in response to everyday frustrations.” Michael McClusky, Ph.D. in the New Scientist, says that people with this disorder often say “that their temper goes from 0 to 100." Such outbursts can lead to injury to other people and property, revenge, and domestic abuse.

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