Ban this phrase from your vocabulary and watch your mindset shift.
I know exactly zero adults who aren’t busy. I’m busy. You’re busy. We’re all busy. Since we’re all busy, do we really need to walk around saying how busy we are?
While busy can legitimately mean we have a lot going on, it’s also a word we use to send other signals — whether intentional or not.
Several years ago I made a concerted effort to avoid using “busy” as my default answer to “how are you?” at work. Almost instantly I witnessed a shift in my mindset that allowed me to take a tiny but meaningful step out of the busy trap which changed the messages I was subconsciously sending to myself.
You see, I was unconsciously devoting substantial mental energy to perpetuating the story of how busy I was. When I stopped saying I was busy, I was able to take a step back and be conscious of my own underlying reasons for using busy as a signaling mechanism. I realized it’s possible to be busy (which we all are) without feeling the extra weight of incorporating busyness into my persona.
For one week refrain from using the word busy, especially when answering the question “how are you?” Notice:
How will you actually answer this question if you omit busy from your vocabulary?
I won’t pretend that I don’t slip up and use busy as an answer to “how are you?” — but I definitely use it with far less frequency and am happier for it.
Originally published at www.yogiconomist.com.
Originally published at medium.com