Resilience and our Mindset about Time

Last spring, my friend and colleague, David approached me and asked if I’d be interested in a year-long book study of Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar. We had both listened to the author’s interview with Jennifer Gonzalez on her podcast The Cult of Pedagogy (click here to listen to the podcast) and loved this idea of exploring tools and dispositions to make us more resilient in our professional and personal lives. Since June, we have met monthly, typically at 8:00 am on Saturday mornings at Starbucks, to discuss and share our insights, stories and discoveries that arise from the book and its companion workbook. For my slice this month, I will be sharing some of those insights.

For the month of February, we explored the disposition of being a learner. One element was to get curious about how we spend our time. As a literacy coach, I hear the familiar complaint “I don’t have enough time” over and over. When I reflected on that belief in my life, I realized that it has kept me from trying new things, reading more books, writing daily, you name it. So I thought, “What would happen if I change my mindset about time? What if I stop viewing it with a lens of scarcity?” When I changed the lens through which I viewed time and named the things I value, I had more time for my well being and dreams. I found it easier to wake up a little earlier and devote 30 minutes to writing. I put my work away and savored playing with my daughters. I limited my social media to devote more time to the things that matter to me.

So I leave you today with a few questions to ponder:

  • What are your beliefs about time?
  • How do you spend your time? (Elena Aguilar encourages you to track your time for a week and reflect on it)
  • How do you want to spend your time?
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5 thoughts on “Resilience and our Mindset about Time”

  1. Flipping our thinking, from deficit to asset, in whatever we are considering makes such a difference. I remember Kathleen Bomer talking about this at NCTE several years ago (referring to kids’ writing). I hadn’t considered time the same way, so I really appreciate your sharing this. Today is the perfect TIME to do so.

  2. Very thought provoking post, and kudos for valuing this kind of professional reflection. You know how they say, if you need something done, find a busy person and ask them to do it. Time can seem to expand for people who do a lot.
    I know I am happiest when “in the zone,” could be washing dishes or working. I am unmindful of time passing, just in an extended moment. I try to get to that place as often as possible.

  3. This is a suggestion of several books that I’ve read…but I’ve yet to actually track my time over the course of a day/ weekend. I’ve had to do so at work for my district to recoup Medicaid funds, and it’s an interesting, yet tedious task (we had to jot down everything in 15 minute increments).
    Anecdotally, when I give up Facebook for Lent, it allows me the time necessary to write my Slices and read scripture each morning…but I haven’t figured out how to squeeze in exercise. Thanks for the reminder that we can always make time for what is truly important.

  4. Really thought provoking because I wrestle with time constantly! It’s really been on my mind recently in so many different conversations and contexts. For me, this idea about time is really about priorities.

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