What we actually mean when we respond to others that we are “busy”

I am starting a personal mission to remove the word “busy” from my standard response when someone asks me how things are going. I have been replying with this overused word for more years than I care to admit. “Oh, you’re the one who is busy?” We are all busy! I have used it as a symbol of awesomeness. After all, people who are worth something are busy, right? People who are worth something have more demands on their time than time in the day. Well, there is another side to this. It could just be that when I say I am busy I am actually saying, “I haven’t prioritized my time well enough.” Prioritization fails happen when we stop wielding the ultimate club – the word “no.” No forces us to make choices. No forces us to keep our promises. No is used to keep us happily producing for the long term. What if we said it more often?

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on January 9, 2019

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