So many things in life are offered to us as this/that, either/or. But there’s a third option in each of these: the /. The in-between.
Here are three reasons for choosing the in-between:
Digital or analogue? Some love technology whilst others hate it. I love what my computer allows me to do, and I love my journal and fountain pen. It doesn’t have to be either/or. We can have both. Austin Kleon encourages us to step into the in-between: ‘It wasn’t until I started bringing analogue tools back into my process that making things became fun again and my work started to improve.’
Making a decision now or take time out to work on the problem more? To go for the in-between means using the time-out to look more widely than simply at the issue or problem at hand. To look at a specific issue reduces creativity. Why not let folk loose on the bigger issues and wider picture, encouraging them to use a wide range of means and tools, as above.
Should I find this kind of role or this position? The in-between view would be to see that would happened if you were to mix the two, create something new. Even if you choose one over the other, you take a load of ideas into it to try out.
The in-between is a real space for exploration, and it’s where we can prove Humans are way more creative than either/or.