The Secret Powers of Time

 Discussion and video activity

1.         Do you ever feel life is a race against time? Why?

2.         How much spare time do you have every day? How do you like to spend your spare time?
3.         Do you have enough time to do the things you want to do? What is your busiest day of the week?
4.         Do you think you manage your time wisely?  Does time manage you?  Do you ever feel like you are wasting your time?
5.         Do you like to be busy, or would you rather have an easy schedule? Would you describe yourself as a hectic or a lazy person? Why?

Video Segment
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Professor Philip Zimbardo reveals how our individual perspective on time affects our work, health and well-being. Watch the video clip, takes notes and discuss the ideas that follow.

  • What are some ways to be present-oriented, past-oriented, and future-oriented?
  • Do you think you personally focus on the past, on the present, or on the future?
  • Can someone change their time perspective? Can we have more than one time perspective depending on our current life's situation?
  • Should education be oriented to address a certain time perspective?
  • Can we combine digital proficiency and patience? How?
  • What would you do with an eighth day?
  • Is it impossible to stop the hurry we all are going to be in the future?
  • What do you think about the notion that protestant countries have a higher gross national product because protestants work harder than catholics? Explain.

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