I’m not busy

In deep thoughts, personal brand, product management, productivity by Jay Clouse

At any given time, there’s something I’m trying to either weed out of my behavior/mannerisms, or something I’m trying to incorporate.

Right now, I’m focused on how I respond to the question, “How have you been?” or “What have you been up to?”

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve said, “Good! Really busy.” Or something similar. Not only does this totally lack imagination or insight, but who doesn’t think they’re busy?

“Good! Just totally bored. Nothing to do, really. My work’s been really easy and I just seem to have so much time to spare!” — no one ever.

It suggests a level of overwhelm or discomfort. Or it could even sound like I’m bragging!

“I’ve just got so much going on! Really working hard here!”  

Neither are vibes I want to put out. Instead, I’d prefer to handle the “busy” I feel gracefully and with humility.

And what if being “busy” signals to that other person that maybe I don’t have the time for an awesome opportunity?

In truth, I feel both simultaneously more challenged than I ever have before, but also the most capable of handling that challenge.

I can do better than “busy.”


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