Friday, October 21, 2016
Trust Your Intuition - Breathing Space Blog
There is no research to prove the age-old notion of “woman’s intuition,” but there is some evidence that certain types of people are more intuitive than others. Kathy Dalton, Ph.D. a visiting scientist at the Rhine Research Center in Durham, North Carolina discovered that musicians, visual artists, fiction writers, and actors seem to have stronger intuitive powers than others. And, apparently we can all improve our own ability to proceed based on intuition (thereby saving oodles of time and gaining some breathing space!)
Labels: breathing space, Dalton, intuition, time, trust
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Golden Solitude - Breathing Space Blog
Too many career professionals are uncomfortable with solitude
. Increasingly, this discomfort tolerates only shorter and shorter attention spans. To retreat into one's own mind, to pause, to reflect is now treated as if it were enemy territory, yet these skills are needed now more than ever!
Labels: attention, pause, reflect, skills, society, solitude
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Understanding the Zeigarnik Effect - Breathing Space Blog
When interruptions predominate
, little work gets done, observes Paul Radde, Ph.D. author of Thrival. Radde says "Cell phone use is not just plain rude, it is mentally distracting and abusive to others. Cell phone use captures the brain's interest in completing the conversation, so whether the user is broadcasting or simply within earshot, the Zeigarnik effect kicks in. This is the same desire for closure that makes the effects of multi-tasking akin to the effects of post-traumatic stress."
The Zeigarnik effect is characterized by the tendency for people to remember interrupted tasks better than those that have been completed. "Once taken off one task, without completing the transaction," Radde observes, "the mind continues to seek closure. If you have a number of things going, but none of them to completion, you have these tensions tending toward completion -- and that is stress-provoking."
Labels: cell phones, completion, distraction, interruption, multi-tasking
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Quick Flip and Strip - Breathing Space Blog
When you receive newspaper or magazine subscriptions, flip through them immediately, tear out the articles of interest, and toss the rest. You’re now left with a smaller, lighter, manageable pile that you can tackle more easily or take with you as needed.
Labels: magazine, newspaper, organization, simplify, subscription
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Choices and Tyranny - Breathing Space Blog
"Logic suggests that having options allows people to select precisely what makes them happiest
. But, as studies show, abundant choice often makes for misery."
Barry Schwartz, "The Tyranny of Choice," Scientific American
, April 2004
Labels: choice, happiness, information management, quote, study
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Work-life Balance, 6 Components - Breathing Space Blog
The six supporting disciplines:
* Self Management
* Time Management
* Stress Management
* Change Management
* Technology Management
* Leisure Management
Labels: change management, leisure management, self management, stress management, technology management, time management, work-life balance
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Irony: Diet Gurus Who Died Early - Breathing Space Blog
"Advocating for fitness and good nutrition wasn't enough to save "seven health experts
from an early demise." Certainly heredity has much to do with our longevity. In general, consuming good nutrition daily is not a gimmick, fad, or outlandish approach to consumption. Greens, beans, and berries, along other staples will carry you far.
Labels: diet, fad, fitness, greens, health, nutrition