Our Relationship to Time with Dr. Dawna Ballard

Our Relationship to Time with Dr. Dawna Ballard

Time is an ever-present character in our lives. 

Two years ago, Dr. Dawna Ballard and I dove into a conversation about our different relationships to time and deconstructed how we interact with and treat time – both culturally and globally. 

This was one of my all-time favorite conversations and, now, is an even more relevant topic to share. 

We originally had this conversation in early 2018.


As members of a community, in our relationships, we get to decide how we will use time… our negative relationships with time comes from having forgotten that this is just a tool.


About Dr. Dawna Ballard

Dr. Dawna Ballard

Dawna Ballard (Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara, 2002) is an expert in chronemics—the study of time as it is bound to human communication. She researches what drives our pace of life and its impact on the communication practices and longterm vitality of organizations, communities, and individuals. Her research and commentary have been featured in mainstream news outlets such as QuartzHuffington Post, PBS MediaShift, NPR, and at venues such as Creative Mornings and SXSW Interactive 2016.  In March of 2018, she spoke at SXSW Interactive on her recent research:  It’s Time: How to Find Alignment & Abandon Work-Life Balance. 


What we’re talking about: 

  • Pacers and how they set the tone for our relationship to time every day.
  • The 24/7 lifestyle and expectations that come with that.
  • Temporal commons.
  • Honoring alignment over “work-life balance”. 
  • There is nothing convenient about being human.
  • Taking back control of your time.


Learn more about Dawna + connect with her here: 

One of my favorite videos of Dawna speaking

UT Austin, Dr. Dawna Ballard

Dawna on LinkedIn