Give yourself permission to pause.
Working hard isn’t the same thing as never stopping. But it can be tempting to think that being productive means never pausing. Here’s the thing:
Listening to yourself is essential. In recent years, I began to notice how much I believed that working hard was the same thing as never stopping, never sitting still and listening to what I was feeling for thinking. (You should have seen me freaking out as I wrote this book.) I felt this need to Be productive!! and kept loading pressure on myself to produce. But the truth is that my productivity was enhanced, not limited, when I took time to think, feel, and be in the process. Walking outside, looking up at the sky, staring at tree leaves through a window, taking a moment to laugh, sipping a good cup of tea, and writing down a quick thought in a notebook are all things I’ve found help me stop ignoring my own voice so that I can start learning from my experiences. You can do this.
- excerpt from The Brave Educator, Honest Conversations about Navigating Race in the Classroom
Our productivity can improve as we give ourselves the time and space we need to breathe.
Give yourself permission to pause. To take a deep breath. To recalibrate. Pressing the pause button can give us just the opportunity we need to regain or shift our perspective.