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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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Friday, April 21, 2017

Let Go and Prosper - Breathing Space Blog

Speaker Joe Calloway says that we all need to let go of erroneous notions. Joe's mantra: "I need to let go of..."

* comparing myself to others
* trying to meet someone's expectations other than my own
* doing it all myself
* only telling my clients what they want to hear
* thinking it's all about getting spin-offs or more jobs
* playing small

* not trusting my own opinion
* working with people I can't stand
* pretending like I'm president of a big company
* stepping over dollars to pick up nickels
* not having fun

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Too Chilling - Breathing Space Blog

"Cyberspace, not so long ago, was a specific elsewhere, one we visited periodically, peering into it from the familiar physical world. Now cyberspace has everted. Turned itself inside out. Colonized the physical." William Gibson
 

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Financial Retirement Decisions - Breathing Space Blog


20 Retirement Decisions You Need to Make Right Now by Ray LeVitre is a nifty book that rightly contends you alone are in control of your retirement future. The book helps you to answers vital questions such as:

* Do I have enough money to retire now?

* When should I begin taking Social Security?

* How can I best handle my medical expenses during retirement?

* Do I still need my life insurance policy?

* Does it make sense to pay off my mortgage? and many more.




Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Surveillance Happens all the Time - Breathing Space Blog

Here are key issues about surveillance posed by Eugene Volokh, Professor of Law at UCLA, and author of The First Amendment.

In any given surveillance situation, one has first has to determine:

* What concrete security benefits will the proposal likely provide?

* Exactly how might it be abused?

* Might it decrease the risk of policed abuse rather than increase it?

* What control mechanisms can be set up to help diminish the risk of abuse?

* What other surveillance is this proposal likely to lead to?

“Such analysis suggests that traffic cameras are a good idea at least as an experiment. Cameras at public places from ATM machines to convenience stores are probably worth trying.” Each situation needs to be evaluated independently to determine whether Breathing Space is curtailed or enhanced.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Deskmanship This Day - Breathing Space Blog

Is your desk always piled high with papers? Do you fear that the situation is hopeless? Well, there are ways to make your desk a more efficient work area. Simply follow my "ten commandments of deskmanship"

1. Thou shalt clear thy desk every night.

2. Thou shalt continually Refine what goes on thy desktop.

3. Thou shalt Not use thy desk top as a filing cabinet.

4. Thou shalt predetermine what belongs Inside thy desk.

5. Thou shalt keep 20% of thy drawer space Vacant.

6. Thou shalt Furnish thy surrounding office to support thy desk.

7. Thou shalt take Comfort when at thy desk.

8. Thou shalt keep Clean thy desk and thy surrounding area.

9. Thou shalt Leave thy desk periodically.

10. Thou shalt Honor thy desk as thyself.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Go From Breakdown to Control - Breathing Space Blog

Do you find yourself in control for most of the morning and part of the afternoon, but then all of the sudden, like a train derailment, everything seems scattered and out of control?

Take mental pauses throughout the day, particularly as new developments occur. The best laid plans often go astray and those people who are able to maintain control know when to let go of one activity and redirect their focus towards another.

Remember that being in control is more related to how you feel about the situation than the presence of evidence. Keep reminding yourself that you are, in fact, in control. Ten minutes before the end of the day if your boss springs a one-hour assignment on you that must be done immediately, you can regard this as a major intrusion in your day or you can see it as a professional challenge or an opportunity to demonstrate your overall value to your company.

Make a note of the times you have taken on such challenges and bring them up particularly at raise times. Also before, during, and after handling the late assignment thrown on your lap, keep considering the many benefits of completing it. These include learning something new, practicing maintaining grace under fire, and serving as a reminder for you to discuss this type of situation with your boss so that it doesn't happen too frequently.

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Are We Too Clean? - Breathing Space Blog

Stronger Than Dirt : A Cultural History of Advertising Personal Hygiene in America,
1875-1940 by Juliann Sivulka, review by Cahners Business Information, Inc.

“Only a century ago the privilege of washing with soap was a prerogative of the well-to-do, and a bath was something the average person avoided. But by the end of World War I a revolution in the standards of personal hygiene had taken place. Soap was not only more widely used but was suddenly viewed as a powerful symbol of purification, civilization, and progress. What caused this radical shift in attitudes?

In this fascinating cultural history, illustrated throughout with dozens of period illustrations and advertisements, Juliann Sivulka shows that the transformation of soap from luxury product to everyday staple and symbol of success was the result of both the newly emerging advertising industry and large-scale societal changes brought on by the modernization of daily life. The new emphasis on soap translated into more elaborate cleanliness rituals, creating in turn specialized places devoted to care of the body, more complex domestic interiors, and new customers for an emerging consumer society.

Cleanliness came to symbolize a morally superior and civilized individual. Keeping clean, according to advertisements, was not only a healthy habit, it also ensured romance, material abundance, and acceptance into the successful white middle class. Advertisements also reflected women's changing roles as agents of cleanliness, as well as creators of mass cultural images that reinforced narrow stereotypes, which feminists later protested.”

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