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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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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Yoga Poses both Risk and Rewards - Breathing Space Blog

The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards by William J. Broad is a book that explains why yoga, as beneficial as it can be in some respects, can also lead to some undesirable results.

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Yoga Poses both Risk and Rewards - Breathing Space Blog

The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards by William J. Broad is a book that explains why yoga, as beneficial as it can be in some respects, can also lead to some undesirable results.

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Saturday, June 08, 2019

Stay Healthier: Save More - Breathing Space Blog

I first wrote about this phenomena in 1989 in the 1st edition of Breathing Space, and it is confirmed by a study: "More workers who make saving a habit report better health than those who do not. And it's not just about having a high income."

"People who save money out of habit are more confident about retirement and better prepared financially, as you might expect. But there’s a sleeper benefit, new research shows. Consistent savers also are in better health -- no small matter as longevity stretches out life spans and means you likely will live in retirement more years than you did in childhood."

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Stay Healthier: Save More - Breathing Space Blog

I first wrote about this phenomena in 1989 in the 1st edition of Breathing Space, and it is confirmed by a study: "More workers who make saving a habit report better health than those who do not. And it's not just about having a high income."

"People who save money out of habit are more confident about retirement and better prepared financially, as you might expect. But there’s a sleeper benefit, new research shows. Consistent savers also are in better health -- no small matter as longevity stretches out life spans and means you likely will live in retirement more years than you did in childhood."

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Monday, June 03, 2019

Obesity Can Actually Spread! - Breathing Space Blog

According to a New York Times article and since backed up by other research, "Obesity can spread from person to person, much like a virus, researchers are reporting today. When one person gains weight, close friends tend to gain weight, too."

Hmmm, what does that mean in terms of our social circles?

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Obesity Can Actually Spread! - Breathing Space Blog

According to a New York Times article and since backed up by other research, "Obesity can spread from person to person, much like a virus, researchers are reporting today. When one person gains weight, close friends tend to gain weight, too."

Hmmm, what does that mean in terms of our social circles?

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Public Discourse and Disclosure - Breathing Space Blog

A report from the Associated Press is distressing. "We're the YouTube Generation, living in the YouTube Era, in a YouTube World. And now we apparently have a YouTube Divorce. Some prominent New York divorce lawyers couldn't think of another case where a spouse -- in this instance, the wife of a major Broadway theater operator -- had taken to YouTube to spill the secrets of a marriage in an apparent effort to gain leverage and humiliate the other side."

"This is absolutely a new step, and I think it's scary," said Bonnie Rabin, a divorce lawyer who has handled high-profile cases. "People used to worry about getting on page six of the New York Post, the gossip page. But this? It brings the concept of humiliation to a whole new level."

Jeff's take: if only it would stop here. From high school beatings, to beheadings, to crime sprees, to what have you, the level of public discourse and disclosure is taking some severe and sordid turns. Should we all now tread as if candid camera is lurking around every corner?

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Public Discourse and Disclosure - Breathing Space Blog

A report from the Associated Press is distressing. "We're the YouTube Generation, living in the YouTube Era, in a YouTube World. And now we apparently have a YouTube Divorce. Some prominent New York divorce lawyers couldn't think of another case where a spouse -- in this instance, the wife of a major Broadway theater operator -- had taken to YouTube to spill the secrets of a marriage in an apparent effort to gain leverage and humiliate the other side."

"This is absolutely a new step, and I think it's scary," said Bonnie Rabin, a divorce lawyer who has handled high-profile cases. "People used to worry about getting on page six of the New York Post, the gossip page. But this? It brings the concept of humiliation to a whole new level."

Jeff's take: if only it would stop here. From high school beatings, to beheadings, to crime sprees, to what have you, the level of public discourse and disclosure is taking some severe and sordid turns. Should we all now tread as if candid camera is lurking around every corner?

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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?"




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