Thursday, January 14, 2016

Why I Stopped Saying the Word "Busy"


How was your day? Now before you answer "it was busy" I'm challenging you to attempt a different response. Don't get me wrong I'm sure your day was somewhat busy, but let's try to actually discuss what you accomplished or how many boring meetings you had.

Eliminating the word "busy" from my vocabulary is a simple change that forces me to be more intentional with how I communicate with others. Instead of stalling conversation and hiding behind a one word answer I'm making more of an effort to connect with my friends and family and simply be honest.

Let's face it, we live in a culture that glorifies a busy lifestyle and it's easier to keep conversation short and sweet. The truth is when you open up and talk about the best and worst parts of your day you connect on a deeper level. So tell me more about those research studies you're working on, the new project you started, or the next post on your blog. Challenge yourself to put busy on the back burner and open yourself up to meaningful conversation. 

"It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?" - Henry David Thoreau




  1. this is a great post! Happy New year! and congratulations on the new house! Look forward to seeing pictures.

  2. A great intention! I've been trying to at least say "productive" instead of "busy" if I'm going to make it a one-word answer - it sort of implies the same thing but just seems more positive and hopefully helps me appreciate the opportunities and work I have in my day, rather than complaining about how they make me busy...


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