If I had a pound for every time I asked someone how they were and their response was 'busy', I'd probably be parked on a beach somewhere, drenched in Choo, drinking liquid gold.
If I had a pound for every time someone asked me how I was and my response was 'busy', I'd also probably be holidaying on the moon. In my defence I'm currently planning a fairly sizeable wedding which involves a number of international guests, so I think it's fair to say I'm pretty damn busy in life! Once my wedding is over, I will never ever use the 'busy' excuse again. I clearly never truly knew what 'busy' was/I'm glad I'll never be this busy again!
This article is great because it focuses on the true meaning behind that word, 'busy'. I feel like some people think they are super busy because they come into work early and leave late when actually they spend a large proportion of the day doing f*ck all. They might work really slowly, they may get distracted, who knows, but you really can't judge whether someone's busy based on their hours in the office. If you're feeling guilty of procrastination at the moment, check out this article on The Guardian for some tips to get more motivated. The summer slump, especially when it's hot, can be a fairly languid time of year so make an effort to turn it around and think twice next time you tell someone you've been 'busy'.
When asking how someone is, the response is often: “busy”. Technology has fuelled a fixation with productivity, as people try to cram as much into their working day and spare time as possible. But are we really as busy as we think we are? How to be more productive at work – live chat Read more “Part of busyness is due to overload and presenteeism; coming to work earlier and staying later and coming in when ill to show commitment in an insecure job market,” says Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology and health at Alliance Manchester Business School. The recession has added to this pressure, he suggests, because job cuts in both the private and public sector mean fewer people performing tasks with heavier workloads.