The word “busy” is packed with layers of meaning. I see it often used, as the author notes, as a way of communicating importance to the business and elevating professional status. And why not? When economic times are rough and fears of being laid off run rampant, we want some way of reminding the people around us – bosses and executives, in particular – that we’re invaluable and would be sorely missed.
That’s one concept of “busy” in the pejorative sense. But it’s just a word and we have the ability to re-construct its meaning in new ways.
Today, let’s consider new ways of what it means to work and to be truly busy:
- When we say we’re “busy” what are we trying to communicate?
- What fears or insecurities does “being busy” mask?
- Does my sense of busyness include time to also think, reflect, create, wonder, and learn? To make connections with the people around me?
Source: Busy Is The New Lazy