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.

 
The Less You Owe, the More You Live

The Less You Owe, the More You Live

Think back to your high school and college history classes: can you recall a nation in the history of the earth that accumulated huge deficits over a prolonged period of time, lacked a concerted effort towards reducing these deficits, yet was able to sustain economic prosperity for its citizens?  

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Dating In The Age of Social Media

Dating In The Age of Social Media

For any relationship of consequence, given that the chemistry is there, character is largely the make or break factor.

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Using Voice Recognition Software

Using Voice Recognition Software

If you want to be more productive in your office and make optimal use of your travel time, I've found that there is no better way than to use your cellphone as a pocket dictator.

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Three Realities of Life

Three Realities of Life

Sitting right where you are, with the fact that the world gains more than a quarter million people per day enables you to safely predict the following:

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Sleep is the Simple Key to Good Health

Sleep is the Simple Key to Good Health

At Stanford University, the founder of the University's Sleep Center, Dr. Edward C. Dement, who passed away at 91 in January 2020, once said, "Most Americans no longer know what it feels like to be fully alert."

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Beware of People Who Tell You What You Need

Beware of People Who Tell You What You Need

I attended a social gathering downtown. Arriving early, few others had arrived.

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Taking Calculated Risks to Enhance Your People Skills

Taking Calculated Risks to Enhance Your People Skills

Deborah Benton, author of the classic book, Lions Don’t Need to Roar, finds that while it’s essential to be competent in one’s position, inspire confidence in others, act accordingly in business situations most people don’t make it to the top, or anywhere near there. 

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Dawdle Now, Pay Later

Dawdle Now, Pay Later

A huge variety of product offerings doesn’t aid us.

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Breathing Space for April

Breathing Space for April

As we approach the month's half-way mark, here are some ideas to make the second half better than the first.

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Novel Ideas for Spring Cleaning

Novel Ideas for Spring Cleaning

If Spring cleaning seems like too big a task, maybe it’s time to adopt some new strategies to the annual ritual:

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The Attention Economy

The Attention Economy

The Attention Economy, by Thomas Davenport and John Beck is a classic.

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130 Things for Which to Be Grateful

130 Things for Which to Be Grateful

Whether it’s a person, object, form of entertainment, place, or concept, everyone can be grateful for many things. I asked around and found out some of the things for which people express gratitude.

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Wean Yourself from Your Electronic Leash

Wean Yourself From Your Electronic Leash

In audience after audience, I am confronted by executives in all types of industries who cannot bear to be away from their mobile devices for any protracted period.

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Prevailing Amidst all the Distractions

Prevailing Amidst all the Distractions

Over the last decade or more, you likely have found yourself being interrupted in the course of a work day with greater frequency.

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Three Acts a Day

Three Acts a Day

Would you like to increase the positive vibes in your life?

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The Millionaire Mind Set

The Millionaire Mind Set

Millionaire Mind Set by Dr. Thomas J. Stanley (Andrews McMeel) bears consideration even if you don’t have the goal of becoming a millionaire.

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Become More Impactful: Eliminate Ambiguity

Become More Impactful: Eliminate Ambiguity

“What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger” is the title of a Kelly Clarkson song.

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Breathing Space for March

Breathing Space for March

Ah, March: the arrival of spring in some locations and the continuation of winter in others.

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Notes on Living Your Life Out Loud

Notes on Living Your Life Out Loud

Living Your Life Out Loud by Sally Raspberry and Padi Selwin (Pocket Books) takes an innovative approach to helping you get the most out of life.

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Ten Techniques for Overcoming Information Overload

Ten Techniques for Overcoming Information Overload

We are confronted by staggering amounts of new information every day.

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February is a Short Month: Stay Focused, Stay Balanced

February is a Short Month: Stay Focused, Stay Balanced

February is a short month, both in the number of calendar days, and in the length of the days themselves.

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 Delegate or Fall Behind

Delegate or Fall Behind

Another day, another dollar. 

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Liberty and Security: Axioms of a Questionable Nature

Liberty and Security: Axioms of a Questionable Nature

So much of what we read, think, and repeat is not exactly correct!

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Tip Toeing Through the Tulips?

Tip Toeing Through the Tulips?

Everybody, everywhere, nearly all the time has about 6 to 8 significant problems, which could involve relationships, health, career, finances, or unresolved traumas and dramas.

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 Job Stress Blues

Job Stress Blues

A growing number of career professionals think that they're in an industry that uniquely contributes to stress.

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Pace Yourself for the Long Haul

Pace Yourself for the Long Haul

You are going to live much longer than you think; perhaps you'll reach 100. One day, you might take time off to travel the world.

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Dead Men Do Tell Tales

Dead Men Do Tell Tales

I found the words of Dr. William R. Maples, Ph.D., in describing suicide victims to be poignant.

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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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Remain Positive in the Face of Change

Remain Positive in the Face of Change

So far, 2022 does not seem much different from 2021.

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Concentration Makes for a More Productive Day

Concentration Makes for a More Productive Day

As we take time out for the holidays, we have, perhaps, a moment to contemplate the power of concentration.

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Accelerate Your Goals for a Winning Career

Accelerate Your Goals for a Winning Career

Between Christmas and the first week of the New Years is a great time for reflection, especially for career issues.

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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.

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Smile and the World Smiles Back

Smile and the World Smiles Back

If you smile at someone, they tend to smile back.

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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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Interruptions Don't Have to Ruin Your Day

Interruptions Don't Have to Ruin Your Day

Over the last ten years, you have found yourself being interrupted in the course of a work day with greater frequency.

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Cybersecurity: A Brief Checklist Handling a PC Virus Attack

Cybersecurity: A Brief Checklist Handling a PC Virus Attack

Here are some tips to handle a computer (PC) virus attack.

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The Genius of Making Your Boss Look Good

The Genius of Making Your Boss Look Good

Making your boss look good can only reflect favorably on you.

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The Masses Discover Yoga

The Masses Discover Yoga

The practice of yoga goes back to 3000 B.C.

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Living in Real Time

Living in Real Time

Are you living in real time or are you trying to catch up?

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Reinvigorating Your Perspective

Reinvigorating Your Perspective

Rachel Remen, in her book My Grandfather's Blessings, tells a story about a doctor who had to deliver a baby in the hallway of the emergency room area.

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Ways to Avoid Job Burnout

Ways to Avoid Job Burnout

In this ever-changing society, individuals are experiencing more pressures and stressors.

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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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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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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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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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