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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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Monday, June 12, 2017

Action Steps for a Virus Attack - Breathing Space Blog

Call a PC guru and 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.

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

Brief your anti-virus software vendor in case it's a new virus.

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Monday, June 05, 2017

Indoor Prisoners - Breathing Space Blog

Noted Feng Shui author Nancy Wydra, writes: “For most of human history we lived not just in close association with nature but outdoors, in direct contact with it. Survival required full use of all of the senses. Early humans were able to identify poisonous plants by smell, discern by the sound of movement which animals lurked amid foliage, and use their vocal cords to identify themselves to others and to send signals of distress. Human beings evolved in direct response to their environment. Scientists theorize, for example, that standing upright was a response to the need to see faster predators from a safe distance."

"Premodern human beings not only responded to the natural environment but also thrived in it. The sounds of birds, wind, and scurrying animals; the fragrance of grasses and flowers and the scents of animals were woven into the fabric of each day while humans performed life-sustaining tasks. The warming sunlight encouraged the production of serotonin (a neurochemical that encourages feelings of optimism and happiness) and injected vitamin D into a recipient's life force. Nature provided a multi-tiered sensorial infusion that is obliterated indoors.

In sharp contrast, life today in spent mostly indoors. Statistics reveal that the majority of Americans spend less than one hour outside every day. Even if we do nothing else to help our lives, spending more time outside will contribute to our physical and emotional well-being. The National Institutes of Health report that if each of us would walk twenty minutes to work and then home again at day's end, the general population's health would improve significantly.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Where Lists Fall Short - Breathing Space Blog

Lists of time management tips can leave me cold. The notion that merely following some set of guidelines without understanding the magnitude of the situation relegates any such list, however important, to the status of a temporary fix that will soon lose potency.

Understanding the "why" has an impact for those who are willing to make significant and lasting headway on the issue. Otherwise, you're continually attempting to put out brush fires as they appear. Consequently, there is no enduring list of "ten all-purpose ways" to fight terrorism.

With information management, or time management, for that matter, however satisfying such lists may be, ultimately they fall by the wayside. As a case in point, virtually every career professional has read at least one time management book and many articles, and all have encountered time management tips in list form. Yet virtually everyone remains continually pressed for time.

So, is the solution to retrieve one's list and apply it more diligently? Or would a more sound approach be to understand the pervasive nature of time pressure, to take a big picture look at one's life and career, and begin to creatively address situations? I would opt for the latter every time!

Still, we all like lists, though, in five to seven days, most people will not even be able to *find* whatever list you give them, however valuable they regarded it at one time. It is far better to strive to attain understanding of the issue than it is to add yet another list to the one's personal "collection." The best of both worlds might be to strive for understanding, then apply some guidelines from a list.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Effective Helpers add to Breathing Space - Breathing Space Blog

When you have good help on board, your own sense of Breathing Space increases. For example Christie Ray Harrison, who has helped me in various capacities is a conscientious worker who gets the job done. Among 100's of her peers whom I have known, she is among the best of the best!

Christie is a self-starter who stays focused on the task at hand. When I need to tackle a tough project, with Christie on my side, I have a lot going for me. With her broad-based education, determination, and grit, she is destined to be a leader in her field. So, look for the Christies of the world and watch your Breathing Space grow.




Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Right Job with the Right Tools - Breathing Space Blog

Jerry Gitchel, president of Make Technology Work, explains the right tools for the right jobs for staying in touch with customers and associates.

* Instant Messaging from a computer or cell phone -- best for a quick answer to a specific question.

* Telephone -- best when used to brainstorm with others and for providing feedback on emotion and tone. It lacks the ability to archive or easily share info with a third party.

* Email -- best for frequent non-urgent communications if you remember that they are not private. Easy to forward, lasts forever.

* The web -- best when used to publish timeless information as desired for current or future customers or associates.

* Audioconference -- best for real-time communication and collaboration, enhanced when used with web-based documents.

* Online conferences -- best when you need to add video capability to a group event. Lacks continuity between separate events.

* Online collaboration -- best when used to create a comprehensive project management solution requiring document management, web publishing and/or support data, including images and video.

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

No Smoking: Breathing Space for All - Breathing Space Blog



Percentage of the U.S. adult population who smoke based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention :

• 1965: 42.4%

• 1970: 37.4%
• 1974: 37.1%

• 1980: 33.2%
• 1985: 30.1%
• 1990: 25.5%

• 1995: 24.7%
• 2001: 22.8%
• 2004: 20.9%

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Equal to Your Tasks - Breathing Space Blog

"Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks."
                          ~ Phillips Brooks

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