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Product Details

  • Paperback: 209 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge; 3rd edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942361326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942361322
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,703,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Davidson is "The Work-Life Balance Expert®," has written 56 mainstream books, is a preemiment authority on time management, and is an electrifying professional speaker, making nearly 800 presentations since 1985 to clients such as Kaiser Permanente, IBM, American Express, Lufthansa, Swissotel, America Online, Re/Max, USAA, Worthington Steel, and the World Bank. He the author of "Breathing Space," and "Simpler Living." His 60 Second Series with Adams Media, including the 60-Second Organizer, 60-Second Self-Starter, and 60-Second Innovator, are popular titles in China, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Poland, Spain, France, and Brazil. Jeff has been widely quoted in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, and USA Today. Cited by Sharing Ideas Magazine as a "Consummate Speaker," Jeff believes that career professionals today in all industries have a responsibility to achieve their own sense of work-life balance, and he supports that quest through his website and through 24 iPhone Apps at --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This book will change your attitude about a lot of things.
John E. Usalis
To conclude my review, let me say this: Read this book & see how much more you can accomplish in a day & how much more you can enjoy it!
Lee Say Keng
I read Breathing Space, and found it to be enlightening and extremely helpful.
Kathleen Barton, Your Life Balance Coach

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Tony Mayo, Top Executive Coach on February 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
I use a lot of books in the executive training I offer, some of them well-known bestsellers like Flow, but only one do I advise my clients to read: Breathing Space. Jeff Davidson has filled each page of Breathing Space with insight, practicality, and specific advice. To get your hands back on the controls of your modern life, no book is better.
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.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Lee Say Keng on February 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
Breathing Space: Living and Working at a Comfortable Pace in a Sped-Up Society
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;
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Richard Corbett on November 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
Stress, busyness, information - it's all around you and it seems there's so much of it, and it's so insistent, and it's so loud, an it's so invasive.
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.
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