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Breathing Space: Living and Working at a Comfortable Pace in a Sped-Up Society Paperback – March 1, 2007
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Life in the today's world is busy, full, and rife with distractions. Satisfaction can easily slip away without special efforts to create an environment and habits which support our own goals and priorities. Fail to do so and you life will -- as Jeff Davidson amply demonstrates -- be thoroughly colonized by advertisers, entertainers, and co-workers. It has often been said, and is even more true today, that if you are not working your plan you are working someone else's plan. Breathing Space is the most succinct and useable approach I have seen to get back on your own plan. I have used his methods myself and with many clients. They not only work but keep working.
I call my variation of the organizing techniques "Clutter Buster." I noticed that before I organized my workspace, it gradually got less usable until I was moved to clean-up. My cleaning blitzes never quite got the space up to snuff, however, and each succeeding cleaning frenzy had poorer results than the last, for a picture over time like the "Before" graph below. I was spending more time "getting organized" and less time feeling organized. After an extensive and thoughtful re-design of the workspace based on Davidson's principles, I noticed that my area stayed more workable longer plus (1) the messy phases were less horrible, (2) my office was easier to re-organize, and (3) I spent much more time enjoying the peaks of organization.Read more ›
by Jeff Davidson
During the early nineties when I was embarking on my departure from the corporate world & entering the Corridor to pursue my entrepreneurial interests, one book caught my personal attention. At that time, I was told that "information doubled once every eighteen months". Alvin Toffler, John Naisbitt, & Richard Saul Wurman were already riding high on the information anxiety phenomenon, even though each of them has his own perspectives.
The book I am referring to is 'Breathing Space'. I am gratified to note that this book is still available. Although some stuff may be dated as it was written during the pre-internet era, a lot of the strategies & tools advocated by the author are still applicable in today's context.
First, the author defined 'breathing space' beautifully as: "You know it when you have it. It is the feeling of having time & space, of being in control, or content or relaxed. It is the room to be, to explore or to do nothing."
Let me outline here the major parts of his work:
1. The root causes of the pressure you feel;
2. Hand tools;
3. Power tools;
4. Cerebral tools;
5.Read more ›
And in reading Jeff Davidson's latest resource for leaders, managers, and just about everyone, it's clear that the pressure is here to stay, at work and at home - and it will get worse. There is no returning to an earlier, simpler, unhurried time.
So....we need some strategies, some tools, and some...breathing space.
Fortunately, Jeff Davidson makes good on his title. Breathing Space starts with a clear and compelling analysis of why we feel so pressured. The reader is then focused on very positive, healthy strategies to deal with a world where 565,000 books are published each year, 95 million printers are spewing paper from at least 95 million computers, and the typical executive receives 225 pieces of unsolicited mail each month.
In 22 succinct, comortably paced chapters, Breathing Space offers practical and innovative strategies for clearing up the clutter, breaking through procrastination, organizing your workspace, managing your reading, and choosing your priorities wisely - among other work and personal challenges.
Breathing Space attacks paper clutter with a vengeance, as in - get rid of it! Eighty percent of the paper we save will never be needed. Most importantly, the reader learns how to conrol paper at the intake point, so that it never piles up in the first place.
Davidson's insights are especially powerful on the widespread perceived need to keep up with information overload from print, media, and electronics. He draws our attention to how much we are exposed to information that does not really support us but which, day after day, robs us of breathing space.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of those few books I buy repeatedly to distribute to friends in need. The others are "The Millionaire Next Door," "Discover What You Are Best At,"... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Joseph C. Grasmick
Davidson sets out to make sense of why we don't seem to have enough time for anything in our lives any more; and to give us some tips on how to get some breathing space. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mohit
I attended one of Jeff Davidson's seminars back in April and bought a lot of his products (e-books, audios, books) and checked out his website ([... Read morePublished on May 8, 2013 by Anonymous
The book was obviously directed to those in an office. While it offered some good advice about slowing down, and cutting things you don't need out of your life, if you don't have... Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by Charlyn Spiering
This is a classic book, one that I've kept and referred to so often. This author is the undisputed expert in this field and his suggestions are really life changing. Read morePublished on August 31, 2012 by Dr. Janet Lapp
This is a good book for the beginner who may have not considered the impacts of the deluge of information, distractions and work/life balance before. Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by evan lenhardt
I read Breathing Space, and found it to be enlightening and extremely helpful. I especially liked the chapter on priorities and goals, because I believe focusing on your... Read morePublished on March 2, 2012 by Kathleen Barton, Your Life Balance Coach
This is a very insightful book and one that is unlike most others that I've encountered. The author maintains that the typical person in our society today is in a super-rush... Read morePublished on June 7, 2006 by Steven Coleman
This book is nothing short of a sensational. It is one of the most forward-thinking texts I've encountered in quite a while. Read morePublished on May 4, 2005 by Greg Downs