Sunday, January 18, 2015
Drugs, Unfortunately, Rule - Breathing Space Blog
Where is the Breathing Space
in a nation that pops a pill at every turn? You'll never convince me otherwise: as a society our default response to information and communication overload is ingesting psychopharmaceuticals.
Patrick Di Justo, writing years back in Wired Magazine said, "America may be the land of Mickey Mouse and Goofy, but the U.S. isn’t exactly the happiest place on Earth. Antidepressants are the most commonly popped pills in the country, accounting for 227 million prescriptions filled last year alone. Of course, Prozac and its descendants aren’t the only popular psychiatric meds: Remedies for seizure disorders -- often used to treat bipolar disease, as well as epilepsy -- and for anxiety are among the 10 most-prescribed drugs in the nation."
"But even as our hunger for pills has grown, basic innovation has slowed. Many “new” medications are actually reformulations of previously approved drugs, not novel molecules. As a result, some of the most widely taken treatments have been around for years: Today's leading anxiety beater, alprazolam, for example, originally hit the market in 1981 as Xanax."
Labels: communication, health, information overload, medicine, science
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Real Leisure is Vital - Breathing Space Blog
Real leisure is necessary in our lives. It cannot be squeezed into our busy days. It must happen at its own pace. We need to take the time to relax
. Without a balance between work and play, we become "human doings" instead of human beings.
Labels: busy, fun, leisure, play, relax, vacation, work
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
A New Year, Time for Tickler Files - Breathing Space Blog
If you're overwhelmed by what crosses your desk, it's worth considering the benefits of having a file folder for each month of the year and a file folder for each day of the month. This idea, the "tickler file" system
, has been in practice for years.
Create a file for days 1-31 of the month, and place it at the front of one of your file drawers. Behind that, have a file for each month of the year. If it's the second day of the month, for example, but you receive something that you won't need to deal with until the 15th, then put it in the file for, say, the 13th to allow yourself some slack. If anything comes in that you don't need to handle now, put it in your tickler file. This yields some immediate benefits. It keeps your desk clear and eliminates a lot of worry about where things go.
As the days and months go by, you continually take files that were in front and put them in the back. Once you get this system in place, you'll find that many of the things you file may not need to be acted on later. The benefits of this system are immediate.
Labels: filing, organization, planning, stress, time management, work
Thursday, January 01, 2015
The Breathing Space Institute Platform - Breathing Space Blog
January 1, 2015: The Breathing Space Institute Platform
Replacement-level human population is the practical and
ethical approach to ensuring a sustainable quality of life on this
planet – for human beings and other remaining species. Responsible
parenting is the most important element of society.
As producers of information, each of us needs to control
the amount of data we offer to others so as to not inundate or
overwhelm them. As consumers of information, we need to be
discriminating about what we ingest and realize the
counterproductive impact of taking in more information than we can
The need for responsible reporting has never been more
critical. Even among supposedly high reputation media outlets, politically biased, tabloid, and innuendo journalism is tearing at the fabric
of our society. Media professionals and their audiences must
overcome the prevailing predisposition of focusing attention on
1) disasters, 2) scandals, 3) personal attacks, and 4) news that
fails to convey a balanced view of society.
Paper still remains the medium by which most information
in our society is distributed. Each of us faces the challenge of
adopting new measures to limit the amount of paper on our desks.
Such measures include more selectively targeting message
recipients, limiting the length and frequency of messages, and
An Over-abundance of Choices
No one benefits by being confronted with more choices than
he/she can sensibly consider. As producers, we need to offer
appropriate choices that best serve consumers. As consumers, we
need to ignore many of the choices confronting us.
Labels: bias, choices, ethical, information, journalism, media, media growth, overwhelm, paper, population, reporting, sustainable
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Books to Explore - Breathing Space Blog
Books to explore
The Loss of Happiness in Market Democracies
, by Robert Lang, Yale University Press, 2001
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less
, by Barry Schwartz, Ecco/Harper Collins, 2004
, By Jeff Davidson Skyhorse Books, 2010
Labels: advice, books, choice, explore, happiness, paradox, simpler
Friday, December 19, 2014
Goodbye to Simplicity? - Breathing Space Blog
In our complex modern world, nothing is simple anymore, not even dying
Labels: complex, death, modern, modern life, quotes, simplicity
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Voice Mail Messages 101 - Breathing Space Blog
Many times you'll need to leave a voice mail message for someone. During the boring "instructions on leaving a message," think about what you want to say. If it helps, write down three or four key words on a scrap of paper so that once you actually deliver your message, you can come right to the point.
Speak slowly but leave a succinct message of about 25 to 45 seconds. This might not seem like a lot of time, but actually allows for three to six sentences. There is no need to race, particularly when leaving your phone number. Say it slowly
and carefully, as if you were writing it yourself. That's the Breathing Space way
to leave a message.
Labels: messages, office, phone etiquette, slowly, staff, Voice mail