Jeff Davidson Work-Life Balance Expert

Jeff Davidson is "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" and the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com or call 919-932-1996 for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars.

 
Work-life Balance Has Six Components

Work-life Balance Has Six Components

In the 1st edition of my Breathing Space which appeared in 1990, I discussed five major trends -- what I called mega-realities -- that influenced every aspect of our being, and from which no one was immune. Briefly, these five mega-realities include:

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Remaining At Your Best When Presenting, In Person or Via the Web

Remaining At Your Best When Presenting, In Person or Via the Web

Something out of the ordinary could happen every other time you stand in front of a group.

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Micro-Tasking For Effective Performance

Micro-Tasking For Effective Performance

Much has been discussed about multitasking and fortunately, much of what has been written exposes the myth that multitasking represents.

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Reap the Benefits of the Road Less Traveled

Reap the Benefits of the Road Less Traveled

You've earned a vacation after many months of solid work.

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Less Stressful Airport Arrivals

3 Tips For Less Stressful Airport Arrivals

Now that more people are taking to the skies, depending upon whom you consult – gate agents, TSA officials, airline officials, airport spokespersons, and veteran travelers – you’ll receive a variety of responses as to when to arrive at the airport.

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Fewer Interruptions, Greater Wellness

Fewer Interruptions, Greater Wellness

In computer science, an interruption is a signal to a computing device that halts the execution of a program in progress so that some other action can proceed.

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Devise a Reward, then Conquer

Devise a Reward, Then Conquer

Much of human behavioral psychology can be explained by the simple phrase “behavior that is rewarded is repeated.”

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Bounce Back from Adversity

Bounce Back from Adversity

Resilience has been described as the ability to bounce back from adversity.

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Leave Work Feeling Fine

Leave Work Feeling Fine

The notion of staying longer after work to be more productive is a fallacy that will keep you chasing the clock.

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 Delegate or Fall Behind

Delegate or Fall Behind

Another day, another dollar. 

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You Deserve a Break Today

You Deserve a Break Today

No, I do not suggest buying a meal at a fast food restaurant.

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How You Feel is Your Choice

How You Feel is Your Choice

You're stalled in traffic on the interstate highway on a sweltering day in August when your car's air conditioner conks out.

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Talking in the Midst of Wonderland

Talking in the Midst of Wonderland

In November 2015, I was privileged to speak on board the ship the Ruby Princess, which sailed to several ports in Australia and for New Zealand.

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Trees Fall, Love Lives On

Trees Fall, Love Lives On

I grew up in Bloomfield Connecticut until I graduated from high school, then attended college and got a job.

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Reflecting On The Credentials of Educators

Reflecting On The Credentials of Educators

I attended a lecture by one of the most well-known authors and speakers in America.

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Multitasking Leads to Lower Productive

Multitasking Leads to Lower Productivity

Dividing your attention to complete multiple activities at once can make you less effective at everything you're doing.

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Work Out or Bag Out

Work Out or Bag Out

There's no denying that you often face demanding, high pressure tasks, but that's no excuse for lack of exercise.

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Work-life Balance, Integration, and Harmony is the Issue of Our Era

Work-life Balance, Integration, and Harmony is the Issue of Our Era

Organizations everywhere proudly proclaim that their people are their most important assets.

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 Sleep: The Magic Elixir to Good Health

Sleep: The Magic Elixir to Good Health

At Stanford University, the founder of the University's Sleep Center, Dr. Edward C. Dement, once said, "Most Americans no longer know what it feels like to be fully alert."

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 Caffeine and Other Impediments to Sleep

Caffeine and Other Impediments to Sleep

Based on a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, you need to be cautious as to when you stop consuming caffeine.

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 Deep Breathing and the Quality of Life

Deep Breathing and the Quality of Life

Inhale, exhale. Breathing is as essential to human life as food and water.

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Use Your Cell Phone Wisely, For Greater Peace of Mind

Use Your Cell Phone Wisely, For Greater Peace of Mind

More and more people are spending countless hours per week using the internet, email, cell phones, and instant messenger connections.

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Extricate Yourself From Complexity Traps

Extricate Yourself From Complexity Traps

Complexity confounds us. Debilitates us. It is frustrating.

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 For High Productivity, Take a Nap!

For High Productivity, Take a Nap!

A study by researchers Sara Mednick, Denise Cai, Jennifer Kanady, and Sean Drummond published in Behavioural Brain Research (2008) found that naps are better than caffeine for improving verbal memory, motor skills, and perceptual learning.

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Putting Your Career in High Gear

Putting Your Career in High Gear

As you progress in your career, the goals and aspirations that you had during earlier years often don't match the ones that you now have. You might seek to take on more responsibility at work and to be paid more for your services. More Challenging Goals Here is an issue which is subjective and simply isn’t the same for everyone, yet there are common indicators that point to the right times to ‘up’ your goalsIf you’ve achieved some of your challenging goals in a fraction of the time you originally allocated, that’s a strong indication that you could set even more challenging goals, or keep them the same, but decrease the time frame for reaching them.Chip Eichelberger, formerly Tony Robbins’ International point man, has been a motivational speaker to 1000+ groups. He says that as your competence and expertise develop, and the ease with which you perform compared to others in your profession or industry is notable, that is as good a sign as any that it’s time to make your goals more challenging. Some notable examples will bring this topic to life. Oh, Oh, Oh, It’s Magic When Michigan State sophomore Magic Johnson won the NCAA basketball crown in 1979, he entered the NBA and became the starting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. Among many other rookie stars that year, he sought to make his mark in the pro leagues, and be a major contributor to his team.During his first season, he received rave notices for his passing ability and leadership skills. During the NBA finals that year, against the Philadelphia 76ers, when All-Star center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was forced to miss the sixth and deciding game because of injury, Magic Johnson filled in at the center position.In an amazing performance, he scored 42 points and was named the finals MVP. As his Lakers team was crowned NBA champions, it was apparent even in his rookie season, that one championship for Magic wasn’t going to be enough. Any earlier goals he might have had regarding his performance, how the Lakers would fare, and what kind of champions they might be, suddenly became outdated. Consumer Advocacy Redefined Ralph Nader had been a one-man crusader for consumer rights in the middle of the last century. In the early 1960s, when he challenged the automobile industry through the court system and with his book, Unsafe at Any Speed, he was quickly hailed as a consumer advocate par excellence. The book, which went on to become a bestseller, documented the known risks and engineering shortcomings of the nation’s most popular selling cars.Whatever goals Nader had as a consumer advocate, following his sparkling victory in compelling the auto industry to increase its safety standards, soon became surpassed. Nader realized that one well-presented jury case was more impactful than 10,000+ protesters clanging on fences outside of General Motors headquarters.Not resting on his achievements, Nader initiated the Public Interest Resource Group (PIRG), which ultimately launched a branch in every state. He founded Common Cause, an organization and national magazine directed at illuminating the practices and procedures of special interest groups, in particular, when they ran contrary to the “common causes” that benefited so many more people.After that, Nader became an unbowed advocate of environmental protection. He relentlessly exposed corporate and multinational interests that appeared to act contrary to the wants and needs of larger society. In perspective, Nader’s whole career was one of choosing goals, and then by enlisting the dedication and support of legions of followers, – primarily volunteers, making his goals even more challenging.When everything inside of you cries out that you can reach your goals, and achieve even more, it is an appropriate time to make your goals more challenging. From His Dorm Room Michael Dell is the founder of Dell computers. As you might know, when he launched his company decades ago, it was from his college dormitory room! At many junctures throughout his career, in his 20s, 30s, 40s and now 50s, he has upped the ante in terms of the goals he has chosen.Today, this multimillionaire many times over sponsors one of the contests on the PGA golf tour, the Dell Technologies Championship. Dell has said that you don’t have to be a genius or visionary, or even a college graduate to be successful. “You simply need a framework and a dream.”

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Know, Like & Trust

Know, Like & Trust

If only a simple method was available to predict when you will make a strong connection with someone, be it in a business situation, social situation, or otherwise. 

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Backed Up to Kingdom Come

Backed Up to Kingdom Come

You receive alerts all the time urging you to install software updates for the equipment and software that you use.

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 Take this Day and Love it

Take this Day and Love it

 How many total days do you have to live? 24,000? Perhaps 32,000? Whatever the total, for many people, it's more than our counterparts of a generation ago.

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 Better Timing to Become More Effective

Better Timing to Become More Effective

Daily tasks can either drain or energize you.

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Five Ways to be a Breathing Space-Type Leader

Five Ways to be a Breathing Space-Type Leader

At predictable times throughout the year things can get pretty hectic in your career.

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 Grand Achievements Through the Ages

Grand Achievements Through the Ages

Besides being regarded as the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, what do these sites have in common: the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt; the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, in what is now Iraq; the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece; the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Turkey; the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, in what is now Bodrum, Turkey; the Colossus of Rhodes in Greece; and the Lighthouse at Alexandria, Egypt?

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So Crucial to Well-Being: Work-life Balance, Integration, and Harmony

So Crucial to Well-Being: Work-life Balance, Integration, and Harmony

Organizations everywhere proudly proclaim that their people are their most important assets.

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The Shared Burden of Responsibility

The Shared Burden of Responsibility

When you add it all up – serfdom, indentured servitude, slavery, the Holocaust, genocide, ethnic cleansing, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, dust bowls, pandemics, epidemics, famine, wars, human trafficking and every day skirmishes – it’s evident that a significant portion of the population has experienced, or has ancestors who have experienced horrendous times, conditions, or upbringings.

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