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
Friday, November 14, 2014
Life Mastery - Breathing Space Blog
What does "mastery" of information overload
look and feel like for me? As author of Breathing Space,
people ask me.
* Keeping my desk clear, because clear spaces are an invitation for me to create.
* Having my email inbox periodically at zero because I've allocated everything.
* Maintaining a few key subscriptions via mail and a few online services.
* Focusing on the handful of key indicators that tell me how I'm doing.
* Staying in touch with knowledgeable peers, people who can share with me
* Forsaking megalomania – developing the ability to let go, not be on so many lists, not receive so many subscriptions, not have handle to much information.
How do we each to whittle down the number of choices?
* If you have too few choices in life, if you’re socially or economically disadvantaged, at any given time you tend to feel stressed and anxious. You don't have a lot of control.
* If you have too many choices, too many places to go, too many people to meet, and it's like this all the time, paradoxically, you also feel stressed and anxious. You get to the point where too many choices leads to a condition that Alvin Toffler called "future
* In any given field, if you have 12 trade magazines, you want to immediately narrow down the field to maybe 2 to 4 and form a smaller subscriptions list. It's possible for you to not only stay on top, but to also feel more comfortable.
* Who are the best and brightest in your industry or your company? What are they reading? What have they selected and why? That's usually a pretty good indicator that those publications are highly viable information sources.
* When the number of choices starts to climb, your quest is to narrow the field to a manageable few.
Labels: choices, clutter, information management, mastery, office, professionalism, stress
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Filing for Fun and Profit - Breathing Space Blog
If you're facing volumes of information, divide and conquer. You may be facing a ten-inch pile of information. Put it into file folders, and group like items together. Eliminate duplicates and prioritize the important items in a given file. It's harmful to ingest too much information
at once. At least half the job of dealing with most information
is simply dividing it into piles, categorizing, or putting it into various directories on your hard drive.
Labels: divide, folders. file, information management, office, organization, paper management
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Enjoying Life - Mark Twain - Breathing Space Blog
"The first half of life
consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity." – Mark Twain
Labels: Ability, age, aging, enjoyment, leisure, life, quotation, quote, Twain, youth
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Completing Your Work Day - Breathing Space Blog
Do you sometimes get anxious in the late afternoon or as you make your way home at the end of the work day? "With emails, TM, IM, voice mail, "snail" mail, memos and reports, your boss, and your peers, in too many offices 4:45 p.m. can be as hectic as 9:15 a.m. Here are some tips for heading home with more energy and peace of mind:
* Each day, before you are about to leave, pause for a minute to acknowledge yourself for what you accomplished or did not accomplish. This simple mental exercise frees you to experience the rest of your day.
* Once inside your car or on the bus, consider that you are already "home." You don't have to wait until you are actually in the door and kicking off your shoes.
* If traffic is slow, stop off at a drug store or hardware store and buy the household items you usually acquire on Saturday.
* If you perpetually bring home work from the office, give yourself a break -- several times a week come home empty-handed.
Labels: office, stress, stress management, travel, workday
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Your Office, Your Nemesis? - Breathing Space Blog
is your office, your nemesis? As I wrote in my book Breathing Space
, back in 1990, many office arrangements lead to lower
productivity, more stress, and decreased job satisfaction. Now and article in the Wall Street Journal
confirms all three observations:
Labels: cubical, distraction, interruption, noise, open office, productivity