I’m trying to cut down on my in-between times these days.
It’s quite a challenge.
But what are ‘in-between’ times?
If you’re looking for a definition of the ‘in-between’ and what to do about it,
check out this video from the ModernHealthMonk:
Much depends, of course, on how you view time and when it’s well-spent or not.
Basically, I think my time would be better spent if I could move seamlessly from one activity to another with little or no down-time in between.
A lot of you probably feel the same way.
The problem is all those moments, minutes and sometimes hours spent vaguely thinking about what to do next.
You may even have something in your sight line that you know you should do, but you think about doing it instead of doing it.
– You check your iPhone for messages, even though you only did this ten minutes ago.
– You look at the BBC News app for the third time that day.
– In fact, you do anything to avoid getting on and doing whatever it is that you’re thinking about.
– And then you think about all the other things you have to do and this makes you feel so exhausted that you can’t raise the enthusiasm to do any of them.
And so on.
I’m a great believer that identifying the problem is 50% of the solution, and this is where Alex’s video is a help.
Giving a name to these in-between times helps you to be more conscious of the process and therefore to do something about all this time wasting and procrastination.
And he suggests that once you have made yourself aware of what you are doing (or rather not doing!), you should count to three and then do whatever it is that you’ve been thinking about or putting off.
This is not to say that you should never daydream.
Daydreaming can be very creative.
But too much in-between time ultimately gives you a sense of frustration with yourself.
You know you could be using your time better.
So try to make a habit of catching yourself when you’re having an ‘in-between’ moment.
And move on.
Have a great week.