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Breathing Space: Living and Working at a Comfortable Pace

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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Mark Victor Hansen: Chicken Soup for the Parent's Soul

Sam Horn: Conzentrate

Patricia O'Gorman: Dancing Backwards In High Heels

James Davison Hunter: The Death of Character

John D. Drake: Downshifting

David Md Viscott: Emotional Resilience

Alan Lakein: How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life

Scott Adams: The Joy of Work

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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.

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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!

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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Multi-Tasking, Bad Idea - Breathing Space Blog

What happens when you jump between different projects at one time? It may feel dynamic -- after all, you're exerting lots of activity. There's a severe loss of productivity, however, because your brain works on one thing at a time. Multi-tasking is fine for computers but not so great for human beings.

Although it may seem like you're working on several things at once, your brain is turning back and forth between the tasks. Switching from task to task is not as productive as staying on one job until it is completed. Studies have been published that indicate the harmful, long- term effects of multi-tasking. Practice the art of doing one thing at a time!

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Intermittant Explosive Disorder - Breathing Space Blog

Road rage in the U.S. might be more common than previously suspected and could extend beyond the road as well.

By some estimates almost 16 million Americans are afflicted with a disorder that results in them erupting into screaming and possibly violent outbursts, sometimes at the slightest provocation.
Intermittent Explosive Disorder is regarded as a “pattern of explosive outbursts in response to everyday frustrations.” Michael McClusky, Ph.D. in the New Scientist, says that people with this disorder often say “that their temper goes from 0 to 100." Such outbursts can lead to injury to other people and property, revenge, and domestic abuse.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Sitting is Hazardous - Breathing Space Blog

An excerpt from an article in The Week

"If you work at a desk, you should get up on your feet for at least two hours a day to avoid the serious health consequences of prolonged sitting, a panel of scientists has recommended. The average office worker sits for 10 hours a day, then heads home to spend the evening glued to a television or computer screen. 

A growing body of research has found that hours of sitting triggers a destructive chain reaction in the body, slowing metabolism, altering hormones, raising cholesterol, and weakening muscles; over time, the result is heightened risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, weight gain, cancer, and a shortened life. Scientists say, in fact, that prolonged sitting does as much health damage as smoking cigarettes. And the negative effects of eight to 10 hours at a desk can’t be undone by exercising before or afterward."

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Monday, June 15, 2015

The Wisdom of Slowing Down - Breathing Space Blog

Joseph Bailey in his book “Slowing Down to the Speed of Life,” has some profound observations. “My enjoyment of life has everything to do with being ‘in the moment’ and that the only thing that keeps me (or anyone) from being fully in the moment is our misunderstanding of the nature of our own thinking -- how it pulls us away from the moment, confuses us, and stresses us."

"I realized that everything I ever needed is right here, right now -- as long as my thinking doesn't carry me away from this moment. I learned that there is nothing in the future to rush off to that can offer me anything more than this precious moment that you and I are in every instant. I realized that, more often than not, my mind is somewhere else -- a past regret or a future worry, anywhere other than right here."

"My first reaction to this insight was to feel a deep sense of peace. I felt like I did in the happiest days of my childhood. I felt relaxed, at peace, fulfilled, satisfied. At the same time, however, this message made me uncomfortable for two reasons. First, it was too simple. The answer had been right under my nose all my life."

"Why had I been searching so hard and stressing myself out in the process? I felt stupid and foolish. Second, as a teacher in my field, I felt not only that I had misled myself by running on the treadmill, but that I had done the same to hundreds of clients and professional colleagues as well. We had all been innocently searching outside of ourselves.”

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Monday, June 08, 2015

Save More, Stay Healthier - Breathing Space Blog

I first wrote about this phenomena in 1989 in the 1st edition of Breathing Space, and now 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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