Thursday, September 03, 2015
Take Stand at Work - Breathing Space Blog
A feature many years ago in Men's Health caught my eye, as I have been using a stand-up desk
for the last eight years:
Stand In The Place Where You Work: "Quit sitting down on the job. Australian scientists found that workers who log more than 6 hours of chair time a day are up to 68 percent more likely to be overweight than those who sit less. One solution: Ask HR for a stand-up desk. You burn one more calorie each minute when standing than when sitting. (Do the math.) Request denied? Create your own stand-up workstation: Place your monitor on a box, with the top of the screen at arm's length and at eye level, and elevate your keyboard so your elbows are bent 90 degrees. A bonus: Your posture will improve from standing instead of slumping."
Labels: circulation, health, office, sit, stand, workday, workstation
Friday, August 28, 2015
Your Lungs, Renewed - Breathing Space Blog
Advice told to me: To keep your lungs young, do this simple exercise two or three times a day: Stand straight and slowly exhale until all your breath is gone. Then slowly inhale until your chest is completely expanded. This exercise takes your lungs to each limit, which combats the loss of efficiency and elasticity that come with aging.
Labels: aging, breathing, health, inhale, lungs, renew, youth
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Less Clutter, More Life - Breathing Space Blog
With the introduction of satellite television, the Internet, which was not prominent before 1993, and all the consumer choices that exist, many things that compete for your time and attention. If you cram that into the same 24-hour day or 168-hour week that you have always had, then your perception will be that time is speeding by.
For example, if you talk to a friend, watch a single television show while doing nothing else, read a book, or engage in any singular activity for one hour, you will have a certain perception of how quickly that hour will pass. But, if you pack more tasks into that same hour: the television being on, trying to read a book, maybe eating, maybe looking at 4-year-old; maybe a friend calls; maybe fiddling with an iPhone, and so on, then you perception of time changes. So, the more things that you can fit into that hour, then more things compete for your time and attention, and the faster that hour passes will seem to pass.
Does this seem like all the makings of a chaotic life? We each have 24 hours in day, so how are you supposed to fit in all of your daily tasks without getting so stressed out or frustrated that you cannot finish any? The answer is: less is more
You can only eat one meal at a time. Focus on the task at hand and reflect on that 60's phrase, Be Here Now! You can actually taste the food when you are eating. You can actually watch the show that you are watching. You can actually play the sport that you are playing. Have the emotional and financial strength to let go of all the peripheral items competing for your time and attention and focus on the activity at hand.
The message that is being disseminated in contemporary society is to practice multi-tasking. "Do multiple things at once." "Click here." "Push here." "Turn me on." "Switch me on." Every place you look, you are besieged by more items competing for your time and attention. Now, people actually have dwindling attention spans. They lack the ability to remain focused on the same subject for more than a few minutes and, sadly, some people for more than a few seconds.
The key to reclaiming your time is to practice the art, something I call
an art, of doing one thing at a time. Sounds pretty simple, doesn't it?
Focus on the task at hand and be present in the moment.
Labels: chaos, concentrate, focus, hurry, lifestyle, multi-tasking, perception, speed, task, time
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
A Place Marker: Silence - Breathing Space Blog
Here's a good article on the importance of silence
in various aspects if our lives.
Labels: noise, pausing, quiet, reflection, silence
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Outrageous Information Overload - Breathing Space Blog
An observation as to why we face massive information overload: our equipment, computers, laptops, and mobile devices will become ever more powerful, but our ability to take full advantage of their capabilities will always be lagging. Pare down, focus, organize, and let go of the extraneous
Labels: computers, down, focus, information, let go overload, organize, software
Monday, July 27, 2015
Manage Your Commute - Breathing Space Blog
1. Keep your car in top shape. Take it in for servicing if you even suspect something is askew.
2. Join an automotive club. They pay for themselves after one tow.
3. Wean yourself of flicking on the radio the moment you step into the car, or of listening to shock talkers who offer little to your life. Instead...
4. Install a CD player to control your environment to and from work. Patronize your local library for lectures, plays, books, and music on CD.
5. Ride with the windows closed and the A/C on. You'll get the same MPG as otherwise, the ride will to be quieter, and you'll have more control
of your immediate environment.
6. Keep spare car keys in your house and spare house keys hidden in a faithful "Hide-a-Key" compartment which magnetically attaches under the bumper.
7. Hide several quarters, key phone numbers, a pad, and a pen in your car.
8. During your ride, reflect on what you'd like to complete or how you'd like your day to go.
Labels: cars, control, driving, environment, quiet, reflect, tips
Monday, July 13, 2015
Benefit from Intelligent Design - Breathing Space Blog
Items that you use at least twice a day, such as a dictionary, thesaurus, or style handbook, should be within arm's reach or in a nearby drawer. Other items that you use less frequently may be stored in an adjacent drawer, or in a filing cabinet that's not in the way when you're working. Periodically consider different devices, such as computer trays, hanging lamps, and swivel mechanisms that could make you feel more comfortable and be more productive at your desk. Your work day is too important!
Labels: clutter, design, desk, filing, organization, productivity, reach, workday