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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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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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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.

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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 that appointment.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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