Let me introduce you to the third space
There’s a growing body of research into something called the ‘third space’. Let me summarise, the first place is where you are right now. The second is where you’re going next, which makes the third space the transition between the two. Simple enough. Turns out that your daily commute was doing something other than frustrating you with traffic.
Whether we realised it or not, physically travelling between home and work gave our brains a signal to switch modes. And importantly, it allowed time for it to happen. Working from home means we literally step from home into work, and vice versa. Turns out, this isn’t such a good idea. Like my art gallery experience demonstrates, when you use an inappropriate mode of thinking, things quickly go awry. Obviously this isn’t a big deal at the art gallery. But using the wrong mindset at work, or home, can have serious impacts on things like productivity, stress, and relationships.