Busy Being Busy

Years ago if you asked how someone was doing, 99% people would say, “I’m good.” Now people respond with “Busy!” Ok, that’s my own statistic and it isn’t founded on any valid research. There just appears to be a shift and a trend.

What’s the goal in telling everyone you’re busy? Or on a deeper level what’s the goal in staying in a perpetual state of business? Are you truly being effective or are you avoiding something?

Many people swear they are busy. They even look busy. At closer examination it appears they are just spinning their wheels and nothing really gets done.

Studies are proving multitasking is a myth. The evidence shows we are more productive when we focus on one thing at a time. Multitaskers also present as stressed out and are hard to be around.

Being busy is often equated with being successful, important and worthy of respect. I’m here to say, it makes me take a big step back. If someone says, “I’m sooo busy,” it implies other messages. Don’t talk to me, I have more responsibilities than anyone else or potentially I’m hanging by a thread.

We are all overwhelmed at times. It’s worth considering if your constant state of action creates a disconnect with others …. and yourself.


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Becky Keating says:

    Much truth in this message Michele! Thanks, becky

    Sent from Becky’s iPhone



    1. plankful says:

      Thanks Becky! Like all my blogs…it’s a note to self.


  2. Hammad Rais says:

    I do agree with your point about putting more focus on one task rather than juggling around. Sadly though, many individuals don’t think the same.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. plankful says:

      My next post should be about focus.


  3. I’ve noticed people don’t want to stop and share how they really feel so they respond with a one word answer. 🙂 Good point.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Great post! I wonder how much of that busy-ness and feeling of overwhelm would vanish if people established (and kept) limits on how much time they spend on their electronics and social media each day.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. plankful says:

      Very good point!


  5. Unfortunately, most people don’t even know what they’re busy doing!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. plankful says:

      Lol!!!! So true!!! They just think they should be busy!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. aggie.coutinho says:

    Hi, true but sometimes it’s okay to be busy if one chooses an active lifestyle if he or she can find time for some priorities e.g. family. I’ve posted something about it today – you may like to have a look if you have a moment 😉 https://mindset4progress.wordpress.com/2018/01/05/busier-than-ever-before/

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