December 5, 2016 Andy Green

Celebrate Twixtmas

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I love this time of year – forget Christmas or New Year – yes, Twixtmas is coming; the five days between the Christmas and New Year holidays. These days are a precious opportunity to do five things to make your world a better place.

We all complain of being ‘time poor’, yet we have five days where many complain of being bored, stuck in the house or fed up with the prospect of shopping or crowded car parks and city centres.

For several years now I have been promoting Twixtmas, tying into a theme of celebrating reciprocal altruism and building social capital. Twixtmas offers a fresh alternative to the excessive consumerism of Christmas, or the
over-indulgence of New Year.

It’s a time to do good, take stock, or look at things in a fresh light.

There are a lot of useful tips, advice and inspiration on the Twixtmas website.

Why not write your ten goals for the year, contact a friend or family member you’ve lost touch with, or do something for the environment?

Each day of Twixtmas has a special theme to encourage you to make the most of this special opportunity.

There’s even a test to measure how time poor you are (what do you mean? You haven’t got time to click through 🙂 )

Five signs you are suffering from time poverty – take our survey

1. Everything feels like a rush.

     Strongly agree            Agree       Neutral       Disagree    Strongly disagree
                  A                B              C               D                    E

 

2. You quickly get impatient if you feel other people are slow.

     Strongly agree          Agree       Neutral        Disagree     Strongly disagree
                 A                B              C               D                    E

 

3. You are not sure about what your priorities are.

    Strongly agree           Agree       Neutral        Disagree    Strongly disagree
                 A                 B             C               D                    E

 

4. You keep putting things off.

      Strongly agree           Agree       Neutral        Disagree    Strongly disagree
                 A               B             C              D                   E

 

5. You are usually late.

     Strongly agree         Agree       Neutral         Disagree     Strongly disagree
A B C D E

 

6. Your instinct is to say ‘No’ to new social activities.

Strongly agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly disagree
A B C D E

 

7. People close to you avoid asking you to do anything, as they know you say how busy you are.

Strongly agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly disagree
A B C D E

 

8. You frequently apologise to family or friends because you ‘Haven’t got time’.

Strongly agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly disagree
A B C D E

 

9. You find you spend a lot more time than you planned online.

Strongly agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly disagree
A B C D E

 

10. You feel like you’re on a treadmill of paying off debts.

Strongly agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly disagree
A B C D E

 

Scores

Mainly As – You have a severe case of time poverty. Life has lost its proper balance and perspective. We’re surprised you had time to do the survey.

Mainly Bs – Sends out the warning signs that you could be on your way to a serious case of time poverty.

Mainly Cs – You certainly have a balance in your life but could also mask indecision that can make you a time poverty victim.

Mainly Ds – You have a confident balance in your life.

Mainly Es – You are chilled good and proper. Time poverty is for other people.