When was the last time you hit pause?
Last week in one of my book clubs, we did just that. Despite the many directions we were being pulled in for our work and for our families and friends, we, leaders representing a wide variety of educational settings, each consciously set aside the time to come together to think. Inspired by Margaret Wheatley's essay "Am I willing to reclaim time to think?" (from Turning to one another: Simple conversations to restore hope to the future ), we listened and spoke to each other about ideas and concerns and emotions that we care about. We took just 1 hour to let everything else go and just think with each other. We allowed our minds to expand. We asked questions that we weren’t necessarily looking to answer. We didn’t meet to make a plan or make decisions or evaluate anything. We came together to think with each other and talk about our thinking.
If we can pause for a moment and see what we’re losing as we speed up, I can’t imagine that we would continue with this bargain. - Margaret Wheatley
As I sat down to write this post, I realized that this is a significant part of the motivation for me in writing #6wordsaweek. Here, I am reclaiming time to reflect - to think about the ideas that are swirling in my brain and to explore what is motivating me and inspiring me to stick with the work, be creative, and take risks. I didn’t get to sit down on Friday (as was the plan). Saturday and Sunday flew by. Then, I thought about our book club. We actively reclaimed that time to think. Reclaiming isn't about waiting for that time to find you; it is about you finding that time. So, today I made that conscious effort to start the day and the week by reclaiming time. I didn't check email yet. I'm holding off on checking the Twitter feed. I'm not yet heading to today's project work. First, I’m giving myself permission to take time to consider, to percolate, to contemplate - to take time to think so that my thinking can lead me towards clearer action. Next week, when book club meets again, I'll be all the more ready for that coveted think time in conversation with my colleagues.
How are you reclaiming time to think?
Wheatley, M. (2002). Am I willing to reclaim time to think? In Turning to one another: Simple conversations to restore hope to the future (pp. 95-101). San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
I'm an elementary school teacher turned professional learning/edtech coach, avid reader, and lifelong learner. For 2018, I've set the goal to create a 6 word memoir for each week to find my voice, reflect on my own professional learning, and set goals for how my learning will impact my practice.
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