Busy has become a badge of honor for many of us. Saying “I’m busy” may sound like important and valid reasoning, but it can alienate people. In fact, workplace studies have shown that leaders who exhibit “busyness” breed mistrust and inefficiency in their teams. Take a moment and think about how it feels when you hear “I’m too busy to get to that thing that is important to you.”
~ Lao Tzu
Busy is boring. I’ve decided to focus on how grateful I am to have these wonderful people, responsibilities, and tasks to fill my days and my heart. As a reminder that I am in control of my life and my time, I’ve put together a list of swaps for saying “I’m Busy:”
- I’m actively working through my to-do list.
- My schedule is complete this week.
- This project looks interesting; what can I de-prioritize to make this happen?
At home/ with family:
- I’m already committed to ________ (going to the park with my kids, taking a bubble bath, de-cluttering my closet, etc.)
- I am excited to have so many social events filling my weekends.
- No, thank you. (<---This one is my favorite!)
Richards, K. (2015). Work/Life Balance. The Disease of 'Busyness'. Nursing Economic$, 33(2), 117-119.