The third space : using life's little transitions to find balance and happiness / Adam Fraser ; foreword by Stephen Lundin.

By: Fraser, Adam [author.]
Contributor(s): Lundin, Stephen C, 1941- [author of introduction, etc.]
Publisher: North Sydney, N.S.W. : Random House Australia, 2012Description: x, 258 p. : ill. ; 24 cmContent type: still image | text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781742753867 (paperback)Subject(s): Self-actualization (Psychology) | Achievement motivation | Work-life balance | Behavior modification | Self-help techniques | Achievement motivation | Behavior modification | Self-actualization (Psychology) | Self-help techniques | Work-life balanceDDC classification: 158.1
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How to use life's little transitions to find balance and happiness.Every day we undertake dozens of different roles, tasks and experiences. Most of us habitually carry our mindset and emotional state from one of these activities to the next - and all too often this has negative, occasionally disastrous consequences.For years we've been told it's getting the 'big' stuff right that gives us balance and makes us happy: the holidays, the audacious goals, the pay rises. But in our hearts we know it's really the small stuff: a great result at work, our welcome home, an absorbing conversation, a game with the kids.This book is all about getting the small stuff right - not 'sweating' it, but making it much more rewarding, much more often. It's about using the 'Third Space' (that moment of transition between a first activity and the second that follows it), to mentally 'show up' right for whatever comes next. Gaining control of the Third Space will empower you to do this any time and every time. You will consistently be your best for your work, your family, your friends and yourself - and you will find that the key to balance and happiness was always there waiting for you in the Third Space.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 251- 254)

The average employee is interrupted every three minutes. Twenty-eight per cent of our day is spent recovering from distractions. The challenge we face is the way we transition between tasks, roles and environments for maximised performance. I refer to these roles, environments and different tasks as 'spaces'. We spend our day transitioning between different spaces. The First Space is the role/environment/task you are in right now; namely, reading this book. The Second Space is the role/environment/task you are transitioning into, for example, you might be about to go into a sales conference, or have your annual performance review or take part in a parent-teacher conference. The Third Space is the transitional space in between the First and Second - and what we do in this transitional space will determine our level of success in the Second space. The Third Space delivers a series of effective tools in a simple, practical way. This framework is easy to slot into your life because it fits into an aspect of your life that you already know about but are not leveraging. The Third Space does not require you to turn your lifestyle upside down, but rather alter something you are already doing. We each go through transitions countless times during the day, so you have ample opportunity to practise and implement the strategies in this book. The Third Space is a practical tool that has the potential to IMMEDIATELY change the quality of your relationships and business performance.

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