Work Smarter//

It’s Time to Stop Bragging About How Busy You Are

It doesn’t send the message you think it does.

Image courtesy of Unsplash

We’re all guilty of uttering a busy-brag at some point. “My day was so packed that I forgot to eat lunch,” “I only got through a quarter of my massive to-do list,” “I stayed up until midnight answering emails,” etc. A recent Science of Us article explains why it’s time to stop using busyness as way of building ourselves up.

First, in today’s unhealthy work until you can’t work anymore culture, you’re not the only person who’s busy, and second, boasting that you’ve got no time to spare may send the message that you lack time-management skills. Even worse, in situations where you’re being asked to pitch in on a project at work, responding that you’re too busy can send the message “that you just don’t care about making time to help out the team,” Cari Romm wrote for Science of Us.

Referencing a recent column in the BBC by Lennox Morrison, Romm writes that using busyness to mark your territory in the office doesn’t work anymore. When everyone is at capacity, boasting about it no longer makes people think that you have an amazing worth ethic. Instead, when you brag, “you’re more likely to be seen as inefficient and rude,” Lennox wrote. Remember that next time you’re tempted to let a busy-brag slip.

Read more on Science of Us.

Originally published at journal.thriveglobal.com

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

Well-Being//

Battling the Culture of Busyness

by Anna Akbari, PhD
Community//

On Busyness

by Nicos Hadjicostis
Wisdom//

Feeling Crazy Busy? Here's How to Prioritize

by Kelsey Raymond

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- MARCUS AURELIUS

We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.