Sunday, February 26, 2017
Optimism Matters - Breathing Space Blog
Optimistic attitudes and actions support simple living
! If you haven't added The Optimism Advantage
to your simple living bookshelf of keepers, let me suggest that you buy it today. Dr. Terry Paulson's newest book, The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results
," isn't just about managing your attitudes. It's about shaping your world in a way that promotes optimism, opportunity and simple living.
Taking a stand for simpler living, Dr. Paulson writes, "Far too many people spend years gathering more things to fit into increasingly bigger houses only to spend their later years getting rid of things and craving simplicity and satisfying relationships. Why wait? Claim a little more simplicity now; avoid the wasted cost and stressful aggravation involved in competing for who can own the most toys and the biggest mansion."
The Optimism Advantage
deals with putting commitments into action. Optimists live "action imperative" and have a bias towards action. Instead of overanalyzing what to do, optimists get busy doing. He shared a housewife who was overwhelmed by the clutter and her commitment to bring sanity to her living space. She picked a room, set her kitchen timer for 5 minutes, and got started bringing order to her life. After the bell went off, she continued for another ten minutes and was proud of going beyond what she had planned. She was pleased with her results and kept increasing her time commitment. She took back her world one room at a time.
Optimism isn't motivational hype; it comes from a track record of overcoming adversity and challenges one day, one choice at a time. The more challenges you overcome, the more confidence you have that you can do more.
Labels: achievement, action, attitude, optimism, simplicity
Monday, February 20, 2017
Can One “Slow Down” Time? - Breathing Space Blog
Each minute holds so much potential, but they still race by quickly: The way you experience time passing each day is based on your perception. You can slow down time if you choose. How? Whenever you feel you’re racing the clock or trying to tackle too much at once, try this exercise:
Close your eyes for sixty seconds and imagine a pleasant scene, perhaps one in nature, with a loved one, or something from childhood. Let the emotions of that place and time predominate. Give yourself time for the visualization to take hold. Then open your eyes and return to your present task. You might find that the task and the pace at which you are working no longer seem so stressful.
One effective method for catching up with today is to periodically delete three items from your to-do list without even doing them. Before you shriek, consider that much of what makes your list is nonessential. If you can eliminate three items, it will rarely impact your career or life, and doing so frees up some time for yourself in the present. Nice gift.
Labels: clock, hurry, pace, race, second, stress, time
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Decrease Your Focus on the Future - Breathing Space Blog
from The Book of Life
by J. Krisnamurfi:
“Expectations are the ego's way of reminding us that the ego is very much alive inside of us. The most effective way to remove expectations and thus eliminate disappointments, shame, upsets and dissatisfaction, is to remove or reduce one's focus on the future.
True, a goal, mission or vision can provide context and motivation
for the present, but when you NEED the future to be a certain way, you measure your quality of life against the future and often come up short. It's a radical idea to decrease your orientation on the future, but when done," you have a richer present.
Labels: expectations, future, goal setting, motivation, quotes
Friday, February 03, 2017
Great Risks of Sleep Debt - Breathing Space Blog
"For years, sleep researchers have been preaching the dangers of lost sleep: People who are fatigued can't pay attention to routine tasks, have trouble learning, and are prone to a laundry list of health problems, from depression to high blood pressure," says Kathleen Facklemann in USA Today
"New research suggests an added risk to losing sleep day after day: Humans and animals that have chronic sleep deprivation might reach a point at which the very ability to catch up on lost sleep is damaged, according to Fred Turek, a sleep researcher at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois."
"His research on sleep patterns in rats appeared this summer in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. That, together with findings from a human study, suggests people who lose sleep night after night might not recover the alertness they need to perform well during the day. So far the studies don't tell researchers whether the damage is permanent. The studies do suggest that people who go to work fatigued day after day might perform consistently
at a subpar level.
"Going through life with too little sleep is like scuba diving with too little oxygen." Jeff Davidson
, author Simpler Living.
Labels: health, mental alertness, research, sleep
Monday, January 30, 2017
Life a is Desk. Clear Yours - Breathing Space Blog
To prehistoric man, life was a spear. Today life is a desk
. Joe Sugarman, in his now out of print book, Success Forces
, explained that by clearing your desk every evening, you automatically have to choose what to work on the next day. This is a discipline that yields a marvelous sense of breathing space with which to start each day.
To ensure that your desk and office environment supports you, invest in yourself. If you need them, room dividers and sound barriers are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and can improve upon any existing sound barriers.
Use the end of the day and slow periods to keep your desk orderly and better prepare yourself for high octane output when you're ready to get started again.
Every evening, after you've cleared your desk, acknowledge yourself for what you accomplished that day. Don't beat yourself up for what you didn't do. If you can do better, you will, maybe not at once, but soon enough.
Labels: choice, desk, information management, productivity
Monday, January 23, 2017
Do You Toss and Turn? - Breathing Space Blog
As many as 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a
disorder of sleep and wakefulness, hindering daily functioning and
adversely affecting their health and longevity.
The cumulative effects
of sleep loss and sleep disorders represent an under-recognized public
health problem and have been associated with a wide range of health
consequences including an increased risk of hypertension diabetes,
obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke.
* Almost 20 percent of all
serious car crash injuries in the general population are associated with
* Hundreds of billions of dollars a year are spent on
direct medical costs related to sleep disorders such as doctor visits,
hospital services, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications.
Yikes! Here are a few ideas for getting good sleep every night:
* Avoid working out too hard before retiring; it may keep you too keyed up.
* Say no to caffeine at least six hours before retiring and alcohol altogether if you’re interested in having good sleep that night. Alcohol, in particular, is sleep disrupting. Yes, you’ll fall asleep quickly, but invariably you’ll arise too early. Then, you’ll likely have trouble getting back to sleep.
* If the spirit moves you, drink a glass of milk before you sleep. It can help.
* Go to sleep when you’re tired, not because the clock happens to say a particular time.
* Let the people around you know when you want quiet because you are going to sleep!
Labels: alcohol, caffeine, exhaustion, health, longevity, sleep, sleep disorder
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Traveling a Little Lighter - Breathing Space Blog
Plane travel tips for weary travelers:
* Ask for an aisle seat at the front of the plane so that you can to stand up with greater ease
, stroll in the aisles, or simply stretch.
* It's easier to capture the attention of flight attendants for in-flight amenities from the front.
* Aisle seats are best for shorter flights, where you don't anticipate going to sleep.
* Travel with carry on bags only.
* Buy the roll-on carts to avoid toting your bags from the airport parking lot to the plane. Most tote systems are made to fit the airline aisles, the overhead seat compartments, or under the seats.
Labels: airlines, luggage, packing, streamlining, stretch, toting, travel