Friday, December 19, 2014
Goodbye to Simplicity? - Breathing Space Blog
In our complex modern world, nothing is simple anymore, not even dying
Labels: complex, death, modern, modern life, quotes, simplicity
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Voice Mail Messages 101 - Breathing Space Blog
Many times you'll need to leave a voice mail message for someone. During the boring "instructions on leaving a message," think about what you want to say. If it helps, write down three or four key words on a scrap of paper so that once you actually deliver your message, you can come right to the point.
Speak slowly but leave a succinct message of about 25 to 45 seconds. This might not seem like a lot of time, but actually allows for three to six sentences. There is no need to race, particularly when leaving your phone number. Say it slowly
and carefully, as if you were writing it yourself. That's the Breathing Space way
to leave a message.
Labels: messages, office, phone etiquette, slowly, staff, Voice mail
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Cutting off the Catalogs - Breathing Space Blog
Even in this "electronic" age, we still keep receiving a flurry of catalogs, especially during the holiday season. TrustedID Mail Preference Service at www.catalogchoice.org
helps you "cut off the catalogs
" for good. Click and select which catalogs you no longer want rather than having to contact each company separately.
Labels: advice, catalog, information management, junk mail, links, lists, mail, services, subscriptions
Monday, December 08, 2014
A Vision for Everyone - Breathing Space Blog
A vision for us all: we have a house on or near a lake or large body of water. We're in a low traffic area with lots of fields and trails. There are travel clubs and groups around that want to take trips, particularly theme trips such as couples, or parent-children. There is sunshine, water, fresh air, great scenery.
Whenever we leave home, we have an easy exit, light packing, low stress, easy travel, early rising, lots of naps, in a child-friendly environment. Our activities are free or low cost. We explore cities and densely packed areas with ease. Thrice annually we cruise to exotic places, have a great time, intimacy, and breathing space. We accomplish "nothing." We are rested, trim, relaxed
and happy. This repeats over and over.
Labels: ease, friends, grace, hikes, leisure, relax, rest, trails, travel, vacation
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
A study published by U.S. Travel Association indicates spending more
time at work often doesn't pay off:
"Workers who left
11 to 15 days unused during a year were 6.5 percent less
to receive a raise or bonus than those who used all of their vacation
Another study conducted, by an audit organization known as EY, shows that annual performance review scores increase 8% with roughly every 10 hours an employee takes on vacation.
Labels: bonus, performance, productivity, raise, review, vacation
Sunday, November 23, 2014
A Reflection for All Time - Breathing Space Blog
A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.
-- John Barrymore
Labels: advice, aging, dreams, quotes, regrets
Monday, November 17, 2014
Greater Affluence, Less Happiness? - Breathing Space Blog
Seven years ago, researcher Barry Schwartz observed that "Assessments of well-being by various social scientists, among them David Myers of Hope College and Robert Lane of Yale University, reveal that increased choice and increased affluence have, in fact, been accompanied by decreased well-being in the U.S. and most other affluent societies. It seems that as a society, at least in recent years, grows wealthier and people become freer
to do whatever they want, they get less happy."
Labels: affluence, discontent, happiness, money, society, study, well-being