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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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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Within Your Grasp: Work-Life Balance - Breathing Space Blog

Work-Life Balance is within your grasp, and it all starts with the realization that the resources you assemble must meet or exceed your on-going challenges.  If not you will feel perpetually behind.

Several disciplines support work-life balance, though individually, none are synonymous with work-life balance:

            * Self Management
            * Time Management
            * Stress Management
            * Change Management
            * Technology Management
            * Leisure Management

1) Self Management
    Sufficiently managing one's self can be challenging, particularly in getting proper sleep, exercise, and nutrition. Self-management is the recognition that effectively using the spaces in our lives is vital, and that life, time, and available resources are finite. It means becoming captain of our own ship: no one is coming to steer for us.

2) Time Management
    Effective time management involves making optimal use of your day and the supporting resources that can be summoned, for you can only keep pace when your resources match your challenges. Time management is enhanced by creating appropriate goals and discerning what is both important and urgent versus what is important OR urgent. It entails understanding what you do best and when you do it best, and assembling the appropriate tools to accomplish specific tasks.

3) Stress Management
        By nature, societies tend to become more complex over time. In the face of increasing complexity, stress on the individual is inevitable. More people, more noise, and more distractions – independent of one's individual circumstances – require each of us to become more adept at maintaining tranquility and being able to work ourselves out of pressure-filled situations. Most forms of multi-tasking ultimately increase our stress, while focusing on one thing at a time helps decrease stress.

4) Change Management
        In our fast-paced world, change is virtually the only constant. Continually adopting new methods, adapting old methods, and re-adapting all methods are vital to a successful career and a happy home life. Effective change management involves offering periodic and concentrated efforts, so that the volume and rate of change at work and at home does not overwhelm or defeat you.

5) Technology Management
        Effectively managing technology requires ensuring that technology serves rather than abuses you. Technology has always been with us, since the first walking stick, spear, flint, and wheel. Today, the rate of technological change is accelerating, brought on by vendors who seek to expand their market share. Often, you have no choice but to keep up with the technological "Joneses;" still, you rule technology – don't let it rule you.

6) Leisure Management
        The most overlooked of the work-life balance supporting disciplines, leisure management acknowledges the importance of rest and relaxation – that one can't short-change leisure, and that "time off" is a vital component of the human experience. Curiously, too much of the same leisure activity, however enjoyable, can lead to monotony. Thus, effective leisure management requires varying one's activities.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Get Creative - Breathing Space Blog

Notes from the wonderful book, The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron:

* Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy, pure creative energy.
* There is an underlying, creative force infusing all of life -- including ourselves.
* When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator's creativity within us and our lives.

* We are, ourselves, creation. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.


* The refusal to be creative is self-will and is counter to our true nature.
* As we open our creative channel to the creator, many gentle but powerful changes are to be expected.
* It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity.
* Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Eight Tips for Emergency Preparedness - Breathing Space Blog

 * Create and make several copies of a master list that includes all key client, speaker, family, and emergency phone numbers.

* Keep fully stocked first aid kits in your home and in your office.   
 
* Maintain a flashlight, fully charged batteries, candles, and matches or a cigarette lighter.    

* Store at least five gallons of water sealed tightly in plastic containers.

* Stash away a four to six day supply of non-perishable foods.

* Check your smoke alarm to ensure that it's functional.  

* Learn how to shut off the water, electricity, and gas supply to your home and office. 

* Keep $300 to 400 on hand in small bills, as well as several rolls of quarters.

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Monday, May 02, 2016

Social Media and Poor Sleep - Breathing Space Blog

Just as you suspected, social media is not conducive to good sleep. Researchers found that individuals who devote more than two hours a day to social media are twice as likely struggle with sleep as those who spend 30 minutes or less. It is postulated that social media serves as the brain stimulant. If you’re on, say, Facebook, or Instagram, too close to bedtime, your online time might be directly interfering with your ability to nod off.

Also, the light emitted from electronic devices such as smart phones could well be interfering with your internal, bodily, clock. In any case, less use of social media, particularly close to the time you retire each day is probably a good idea for overall health and for better sleep

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wearable Technology - Breathing Space Blog

Wearable technology will help seniors greatly, not just hours they sleep and steps that they take: vibrating insoles will improve balance and prevent falls. The Internet of things will enable better household management, with automatic lighting, smart doorbells who detect who is knocking, and appliances that shut off when no one’s house. Also prescription regimens will alert people as to when they need to take them, and when they are not following their doctor’s instructions.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tranquility is so Subjective - Breathing Space Blog

Two monks are walking along, and one says, "Life is a beautiful fountain."

Ten years later the same two monks are walking together and the second one says, "A fountain?" The first monk says, "Yes."

Fifteen years later the two monks are walking along. The second one says, "Don't you mean a river?" The first monk says, "You're always arguing."

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Your Deskmanship - Breathing Space Blog

Is your desk always piled high with papers? Does the situation seem hopeless? It doesn't have to be that way. In my book Breathing Space: Living & Working at a Comfortable Pace in a Sped-Up Society I observe that you spend so much time at your desk -- it simply has to be a comfortable place for you!!

Also by clearing your desk every evening, you automatically have to choose what to work on the next day.

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