Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Your Home, Your Sanctuary - Breathing Space Blog
Whether it’s your home, car, office, or any other space, seek to accommodate the way you sleep, eat, drive, work, and live.
Never mind how your arrangement appears to someone else. When you manage your environment, it might not look conventional or "normal" to others. So what? Which do would prefer? Easier ways of doing things or more involved, more complex ways of doing things?
One good trip to a Home Depot store can work wonders. You can pick up a few green plants, curtain rods, and new light fixtures. Whatever rooms and areas of your home could use a mild upgrade, go ahead and make the effort. Even minimal positive effects to your home environment can make a difference in your work effectiveness.
Labels: accommodate, environment, home, peace, sanctuary
Monday, March 09, 2015
All About Making Decisions - Breathing Space Blog
Here is some sage advice about making decisions in both your professional and personal lives
, from author and counselor Rebecca Merrill.
Rebecca Merrill, Living in Yes
, c 2004
1. We all have to do it.
2. We never get to stop doing it.
3. Every new decision leads to more decisions. It's just a question of how
4. It's difficult to make good decisions for a multitude of reasons.
5. We spend a small percentage of our lives making decisions, but they determine the rest of our lives, which are the consequences.
6. There are no "right" or perfect decisions.
7. With every decision, you will experience some loss, especially if you choose to do nothing.
8. You can only make the decision you are capable of making when the decision is called for; all decisions are a function of who you are at the time you make them.
9. The quality of your life is directly related to the quality of your decisions.
10. It is well worth your while to learn how to make good ones.
Labels: advice, decision, decision making, Merrill, quality of life, tips, yes
Friday, March 06, 2015
More Meetings, Less Breathing Space - Breathing Space Blog
A software firm named Atlassian
indicates that the typical employee spends 31 hours monthly in meetings and
regards at least half of that time to be unnecessary. Of those in the survey,
91% indicated that they daydream, 75% tend to other work, and 39% doze off some of the time. The calculated cost of unnecessary meetings is $37
billion a year.
Research by Bain & Company indicates that the typical manager comsumers at least one full day each week in meetings, and that senior executives devote 40% of the work week in ineffective meetings. None of the findings above includes the time preparation and follow up time consumed before and after meetings.
Labels: cost, drain, endless, meetings, time, waste
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Forsake "Woe is Me" - Breathing Space Blog
Steve Rizzo, author of Get Your Shift Together
says to, "Stop using your toxic past as an ID card to validate your right to
proclaim your 'woe-is-me' story to the world. Practice awareness and
choose to break free from The Big Mouth Inside Your Head now."
Labels: awareness, free, Rizzo, toxic, validate
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Getting Hacked = No Breathing Space - Breathing Space Blog
Using any of the 25 most popular passwords
of 2014 is highly risky. A hacked
password equals no breathing space
. Instead make up
something more complex, with random letters and numbers, such as
ij6kf40d1. Or use an acronym and numbers known only to you, such
a mwdSina8 ("my wonderful dog Skippy is now age 8").
These are a hackers delight:
1. 123456 (Rank unchanged from 2013)
2. password (Unchanged)
3. 12345 (Up 17)
4. 12345678 (Down 1)
5. qwerty (Down 1)
6. 123456789 (Unchanged)
7. 1234 (Up 9)
8. baseball (New)
9. dragon (New)
10. football (New)
11. 1234567 (Down 4)
12. monkey (Up 5)
13. letmein (Up 1)
14. abc123 (Down 9)
15. 111111 (Down 8)
17. access (New)
18. shadow (Unchanged)
19. master (New)
20. michael (New)
21. superman (New)
22. 696969 (New)
23. 123123 (Down 12)
24. batman (New)
25. trustno1 (Down 1)
Labels: disruption, hack, password, risk
Monday, February 16, 2015
Paper Reduction as an Art Form - Breathing Space Blog
Brett Weston was an artist with vision.
While most artists consider the destruction of their work a tragedy, as reported in Time
magazine, photographer Brett Weston always considered it a necessity. Best known for haunting semi-abstract nature studies in the tradition of his famous father Edward, Weston vowed for years to destroy his negatives so that others could not make new prints from them after his death.
On his 80th birthday, Weston kept his vow. Surrounded by friends and family, he tossed hundreds of negatives into the living-room fireplace of his home in Carmel, California. Art historians and photography curators were horrified. The Center for Creative Photography, a photographic archive in Tucson, even sent a representative to Weston’s home in an unsuccessful effort to persuade him to change his mind. Weston insisted that he was merely limiting his legacy to work fashioned by his own hand. “Nobody can print it the way I do,” Weston explained. “It wouldn’t be my work.”
Labels: art, clutter, duplicate, paper, waste
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
For Breathing Space, Concentrate! - Breathing Space Blog
Here are notes I took from Sam Horn's session on Concentration years back. Still great advice to this day!
* Concentration defined: voluntarily focused attention.
* Discipline of ignoring irrelevant matters
* Fixing ones' powers, efforts and attention
* Most people work best under a deadline; when their concentration is focused.
* Fatigue is a big road block to concentration
This last note is telling!:
* Society is moving towards a lower frustration tolerance
with less discipline, and more need for immediate gratification. These are detriments to concentration.
Labels: advice, concentration, focus, information management