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."
Labels: fountain, jokes, monks, quotes, relativity, tranquility, walk
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.
Labels: advice, breathing space, choose, comfort, desk, office, space, tips
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Employ Novel Approaches - Breathing Space Blog
The number of potential distractions -- items competing for your time and attention -- is infinite and will become more troublesome in the future, not less. It's vital to learn today how to deal with them
in ways that you haven't employed before to regain control over your life and be better prepared to meet the challenges of the future.
Labels: attention span, control distraction, multi-tasking, novel, productivity
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Make That Appointment - Breathing Space Blog
Before most of us began carrying cell phones, being on time
for an appointment was the mark of a considerate person. Now, according to James Katz, a professor of communication at Rutgers, people are routinely using cell phones to remedy being late
. If you make an appointment, make
Labels: appointment, cell phones, etiquette, late, professionalism, tardiness
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Follow the Replacement Principle - Breathing Space Blog
If you bring in something new, something else that you don't need anymore has to go. (Be honest
, most of what you're retaining is obsolete or confirms what you already know).
In your office, regard all of the pieces of paper
in your information kingdom as mutineers, capable of overthrowing the whole kingdom at a moment's notice.
Labels: clutter, management, new, office, old, organization, paper, replacement
Sunday, March 13, 2016
File, don't Pile - Breathing Space Blog
We are all soooo inundated these days! Instead of piling things on your desk, scan them or file them in the cabinet! Remove anything you can safely eliminate from your desktop. Items that you use on a daily basis, such as a stapler, a roll of tape, or pen, get to stay on top of your desk.
What you keep on top of your desk is uniquely individual. Your goal is to maintain the optimal number of items on and in your desk; enough so you function efficiently while there, but not so many that clutter inhibits work. Hold onto items you use at least once a week, but don't store those supplies too close by. Recognize that your desk drawers are not for storing supplies per se. You may store a pad of paper, but not pads of paper. You only need one pad at a time, and the general principle is to have the smallest number of a necessary item as you can get by with.
The fewer things you have in vital work spaces, the greater the sense of control you have over your immediate environment. For instance, if you choose to use one of your desk drawers for file folders, then these files should be as thin and potent as you can make them. Once your desk and flat surfaces are under control, you also gain a heightened sense of control over your time.
You might wish to place sentimental and familiar items, such as pictures, plants, and motivators near your desk, but not on it. Install items such as full spectrum lighting or ocean-wave music that support your productivity, efficiency, and creativity, near your work space, not on top of it.
From now on, manage your desktop as if it's one of the most important elements to staying organized, because it is.
Labels: clutter, creativity, desk, desktop, drawers, file pile, productivity, storage, storing, time management
Saturday, March 05, 2016
Getting Lucky - Breathing Space Blog
Richard Wiseman writing in the Skeptical Enquirer
advises readers to:
"Open your mind
: consider chance opportunities.
Lucky People regularly have them, unlucky people don't....
Unlucky people miss chance opportunities because they are too busy looking for something else. Lucky people see what is there rather than only what they are looking for."
Labels: advice, chance, luck, opportunities, opportunity, quotes, unlucky