Ah, for leisure. For the days that advertisers sell us on. Days with nothing to do and nowhere to go – lazy summer days, hammocks, the beach, you know, lies. You know that’s what it is, right? You know what else days like that are? Boring.
Vacations aside, work – given focus and the right amount of time, with controlled interruptions – can be incredibly fulfilling.
So here’s a technique that will help you fit it all into your schedule. Well, mostly all.
In Charles Duhigg’s book “The Power of Habit,” he talks about a technique called sandwiching.
He explains how developing a new habit sometimes can be jarring. (Anyone who has started a new exercise routine, a new job, even a new year’s resolution knows this.)
He gives the example of how radio stations playing new songs. Sometimes, he says, the effect of a new song was so jarring, that even though it would have been liked by almost everyone, just because it was new, it was rejected. DJs refused to play it. People switched radio stations.
Why? Simply because it was new. It was not a habit. Yet. It was different.
Here’s what you do instead: sandwich it into your schedule.
Find two things that are normal in your routine. Say, coffee and a shower. Then add in the one new thing you wish to do between them. Say journaling or reading or working out. Wake up just fifteen minutes early to leave time for that extra activity.
Do your first (habitual) activity, set the timer for fifteen minutes and do the new activity. When the timer goes off, stop and move on to the second (habitual) activity.
Voila! You just sandwiched something in.
Now go pat yourself on the back for doing something radio stations have been doing for a very long time!
Sandwich it in. You’ll see. It works.