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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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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Deluged by Over-Information - Breathing Space Blog

As reported in the Atlantic Monthly, "...two researchers, both then at Carnegie Mellon, decided to calculate how much time it would take to actually read every privacy policy you should." The conclusion reading the software privacy policies you encounter in the course of a year would require 76 work days.

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Deluged by Over-Information - Breathing Space Blog

As reported in the Atlantic Monthly, "...two researchers, both then at Carnegie Mellon, decided to calculate how much time it would take to actually read every privacy policy you should." The conclusion reading the software privacy policies you encounter in the course of a year would require 76 work days.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Birth and Death, and In Between - Breathing Space Blog

Here are some motes from What to Do Between Birth and Death: The Art of Growing Up, by Charles Spezzano, Ph.D. (William Morrow):

* You don't really pay for things with money. You pay for them with time. "In five years, I'll have put enough away to buy that vacation house we want. Then I'll slow down or get out of this business altogether." Okay, that means the house will cost you five years. That's one-twelfth of your adult life.

* Translate the dollar value of the car or the house or anything else into time, and then see if it's still worth it. Sometimes you can't do what you want and have what you want at once because each requires a different expenditure of time. Those are the moments when you have to think of the cost of the thing in terms of time and not dollars.

* The phrase "spending your time" is not a metaphor. It's how life works.

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Birth and Death, and In Between - Breathing Space Blog

Here are some motes from What to Do Between Birth and Death: The Art of Growing Up, by Charles Spezzano, Ph.D. (William Morrow):

* You don't really pay for things with money. You pay for them with time. "In five years, I'll have put enough away to buy that vacation house we want. Then I'll slow down or get out of this business altogether." Okay, that means the house will cost you five years. That's one-twelfth of your adult life.

* Translate the dollar value of the car or the house or anything else into time, and then see if it's still worth it. Sometimes you can't do what you want and have what you want at once because each requires a different expenditure of time. Those are the moments when you have to think of the cost of the thing in terms of time and not dollars.

* The phrase "spending your time" is not a metaphor. It's how life works.

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Sunday, May 05, 2019

Will Generalists Again Rule? - Breathing Space Blog

"We have become a society of specialists," writes Vikram Mansharamani, a lecturer at Yale University. "Business thinkers point to 'domain expertise' as an enduring source of advantage in today's competitive environment. The logic is straightforward: learn more about your function, acquire 'expert' status, and you'll go further in your career. But what if this approach is no longer valid?"




Will Generalists Again Rule? - Breathing Space Blog

"We have become a society of specialists," writes Vikram Mansharamani, a lecturer at Yale University. "Business thinkers point to 'domain expertise' as an enduring source of advantage in today's competitive environment. The logic is straightforward: learn more about your function, acquire 'expert' status, and you'll go further in your career. But what if this approach is no longer valid?"




Friday, April 26, 2019

Aromatherapy for All - Breathing Space Blog

A study found "that sniffing lavender oil before bedtime was just as effective as sleep medication" for some insomniacs. "The oil may reduce the time it takes to fall asleep as well as the need for sleeping pills," says Dr. Alan Hirsch, the founder and neurological director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.

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Aromatherapy for All - Breathing Space Blog

A study found "that sniffing lavender oil before bedtime was just as effective as sleep medication" for some insomniacs. "The oil may reduce the time it takes to fall asleep as well as the need for sleeping pills," says Dr. Alan Hirsch, the founder and neurological director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Breathing Space and Concentration - 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.

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Breathing Space and Concentration - 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.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Home, Your Sanctuary - Breathing Space Blog

Whether it’s your home, car, office, or any other space, seek to accommodate the way you sleep, eat, drive, work, and live.

Never mind how your arrangement appears to someone else. When you manage your environment, it might not look conventional or "normal" to others. So what? Which do would prefer? Easier ways of doing things or more involved, more complex ways of doing things?

One good trip to a Home Depot store can work wonders. You can pick up a few green plants, curtain rods, and new light fixtures. Whatever rooms and areas of your home could use a mild upgrade, go ahead and make the effort. Even minimal positive effects to your home environment can make a difference in your work effectiveness.

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Home, Your Sanctuary - Breathing Space Blog

Whether it’s your home, car, office, or any other space, seek to accommodate the way you sleep, eat, drive, work, and live.

Never mind how your arrangement appears to someone else. When you manage your environment, it might not look conventional or "normal" to others. So what? Which do would prefer? Easier ways of doing things or more involved, more complex ways of doing things?

One good trip to a Home Depot store can work wonders. You can pick up a few green plants, curtain rods, and new light fixtures. Whatever rooms and areas of your home could use a mild upgrade, go ahead and make the effort. Even minimal positive effects to your home environment can make a difference in your work effectiveness.

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Saturday, April 06, 2019

Making Decisions - Breathing Space Blog

Here is some sage advice about making decisions in both your professional and personal lives, from author and counselor Rebecca Merrill.

Rebecca Merrill, Living in Yes, c 2004

1. We all have to do it.

2. We never get to stop doing it.

3. Every new decision leads to more decisions. It's just a question of how

4. It's difficult to make good decisions for a multitude of reasons.

5. We spend a small percentage of our lives making decisions, but they determine the rest of our lives, which are the consequences.

6. There are no "right" or perfect decisions.

7. With every decision, you will experience some loss, especially if you choose to do nothing.

8. You can only make the decision you are capable of making when the decision is called for; all decisions are a function of who you are at the time you make them.

9. The quality of your life is directly related to the quality of your decisions.

10. It is well worth your while to learn how to make good ones.

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Making Decisions - Breathing Space Blog

Here is some sage advice about making decisions in both your professional and personal lives, from author and counselor Rebecca Merrill.

Rebecca Merrill, Living in Yes, c 2004

1. We all have to do it.

2. We never get to stop doing it.

3. Every new decision leads to more decisions. It's just a question of how

4. It's difficult to make good decisions for a multitude of reasons.

5. We spend a small percentage of our lives making decisions, but they determine the rest of our lives, which are the consequences.

6. There are no "right" or perfect decisions.

7. With every decision, you will experience some loss, especially if you choose to do nothing.

8. You can only make the decision you are capable of making when the decision is called for; all decisions are a function of who you are at the time you make them.

9. The quality of your life is directly related to the quality of your decisions.

10. It is well worth your while to learn how to make good ones.

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