Everyone is busier than you
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Everyone is busier than you are. Did that catch you off guard? When I interact with someone I do my best (and it doesn’t always happen) to think this (changing “you” to “I”). It helps to keep me from saying, “I’m so busy…”
Part of the reason is because I dislike the glorification of busy. It’s easy to say you’re busy or to convey busy, but what are you DOING?
Regardless, to acknowledge that others are busier than you changes the way you interact with them. Try it and see what you think.
I’ve thought about putting an “I’m busy” jar in my office and add a $1 for every mention.