Is “Busy” Good?

Written by Pam Chambers

When I bump into people I haven’t seen in awhile, they most often ask, “Are you busy?” This presumes that “busy” is good. A better question might be, “Are you productive?” But no one asks that. And anyway, who would want to say, “No, I’m not productive”?

I’ve come up with a response I’m comfortable with: “I’m as busy as I want to be. And you?”

Busy. What does that mean? Most people I know are too “busy.” They overload their schedules. They pack too much in. They rush about, hair and briefcases flying.

That’s not how I want to live. And I don’t. That is one of the many joys of being self-employed. But sometimes my boss doesn’t give me a reliable paycheck on time! She must have been too busy.

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