The concept of “microtransitions,” as introduced by Dr. Adam Fraser, refers to the shifts people make between roles and responsibilities throughout their day. Fraser’s book, “The Third Space,” identifies these transitions as occurring between two main spaces: where you currently are (First Space) and where you’re heading (Second Space). The crucial interval between these spaces, the “Third Space,” offers a unique opportunity to recalibrate and show up more present and productive in the subsequent role. By intentionally utilizing the Third Space’s three phases—Reflect, Rest, and Reset—one can more effectively pivot from one task or responsibility to the next.
- Microtransitions and the Third Space: Dr. Adam Fraser describes “microtransitions” as the shifts people make between tasks and roles. These consist of three “spaces”: the current task (First Space), the upcoming task (Second Space), and the interval between them (Third Space).
- 2. The 3 Phases of Third Space: An effective Third Space consists of three phases to help transition between roles. These are:
Reflect: Reviewing the previous task, acknowledging achievements, and preventing negative experiences from affecting the next role.
Rest: Calming the mind using methods like deep breathing, mindfulness meditation, or physical activity.
Reset: Setting clear intentions for the upcoming task and being adaptable to unexpected situations.
- Applications in Real-Life: The concept of the Third Space can be applied practically, such as transitioning between work tasks or shifting from work to home. Using small moments like a brief walk, touching a doorknob, or the commute to recalibrate ensures that individuals show up more centered and engaged in their next role.