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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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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 BarrymoreLink

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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."

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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
shock."

* 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.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Giving and Receiving - Breathing Space Blog

We must be as good at receiving as we are at giving so that we stay in balance

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Balance - Breathing Space Blog

We must be as good at receiving as we are at giving so that we stay in balance.

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Friday, November 07, 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.

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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

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