Thursday, October 16, 2014
Completing Your Work Day get anxious in - 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
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Multitasking Damages Your Brain - Breathing Space Blog
Saturday, October 04, 2014
Too Busy to Exercise? - Breathing Space Blog
Author Edwin Bliss once wrote that if you are too busy to exercise, you are too busy. In the hierarchy of values, few items can have higher priority than health, and if you find time for watching television but not for tennis or golf or jogging, it's time to return to sanity: do the most important things first
. Best idea?: exercise WHILE you watch TV!
Labels: busy, exercise, health, organization, priority, sanity, time management
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Makeover Your Environment - Breathing Space Blog
When I moved to North Carolina years ago, one of the first things I wanted to do was visit the Dean Smith Center. Named after their former coach, it is where the University of North Carolina Tar Heel Basketball Team plays its home games.
The 21,572 seats each have a marvelous view of the court. There are no posts, banners, or other obstructions. The sound system is wonderful -- no reverberation or static, just clear, crisp tones of the speaker. The lighting is perfect, as is the scoreboard, the ventilation system, and virtually all other aspects of the facility.
As impressive as this structure is, there's something even more notable, and it hangs from the rafters. I'm talking about the retired jerseys of former UNC basketball greats and the championship banners acknowledging successful seasons. You'd think that having such banners installed would be old hat to a coach like Roy Williams. Yet, whether it's an Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship, tournament championship, NCAA tournament participation, second-round, final sixteen, final eight, semi-finals, finals, or NCAA championship, which happened most recently in 2005 and 2009, everything this team has accomplished hangs from the rafters for the fans to see.
Dean Smith, Roy Williams, and the University of North Carolina athletic department profoundly understand the importance of environment. Those banners, hung chronologically and neatly from the rafters, are continuing psychological boosts
to the coach, the team, and all of those who are associated with Carolina basketball. They tell new recruits, "We have tradition here. We are winners, and we will win again."
Labels: atmosphere, basketball, college, entertainment, environment, space, success, tradition
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Incredible Shrinking Offices the Breathing Space? - Breathing Space Blog
An article in in BusinessWeek revealed that less than 30% of white-collar workers
still have private offices, according to a poll of 9,300 people by office furniture maker Steelcase. However the typical office has shrunk. It was about 16 by 20 feet a few years ago; it's about 8 by 10 today.
So, 320 square feet versus 80 square feet...where is the Breathing Space?
Labels: breathing space, noise, office, privacy, shrink, space, workday
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Water, Water Everywhere - Breathing Space Blog
On your path to increase fitness and better health, drink a lot of water. Often when you're pooped, you need water more than sleep. Guzzling a glass of water can keep you active longer. When you're in a shopping mall for example, and feel the need to sit down, take a seat if you have to, but first look for a water fountain. That in itself might be enough to rejuvenate you and prompt you to walk for another 10 or 15 minutes.
Drinking more water results in more frequent urination, which is good. Most of us don't drink enough in the course of the day. Whenever you feel thirsty, your body already has experienced a prolonged water deficit.
Working out, as well as dealing with others at work or with your family at home, can be rigorous. Your body is giving up a lot of fluid via perspiration, even if you don't know it. Drink more water more often and whenever you even suspect that your body needs water. Drink, drink, and be merry.
Labels: fitness, fluid, health, hydrate, hydration, perspiration, perspire, thirst, water