STOP saying you are busy!

In Corporate America there is an animal called the IMSOBUSY. The IMSOBUSY is too busy to stop in the hallway and say hello or make friendly banter, but always has time to tell you how busy she is.

What to grab some lunch? Lunch is for losers. How was your weekend? Cannot talk now, I have something important I’m working on that cannot wait and when it’s done, something more important than bonding with coworkers will take its place.

I’m So Busy is often the war-cry of the inept or the incompetent.  Everyone gets busy at one point or another in Corporate America. And obviously there are people who use the mantra “I’m so busy” as an excuse to get away from someone as fast as possible.

And then there’s this:

“A couple years ago, there was this Op-Ed in the Times, this guy who was all whiny, like, ‘Why is everyone always saying they’re busy?’ and I was like, ‘I’m sorry, but are you a dipshit? You know all these people just don’t like you, right?’ ” Source

There is a group of IMSOBUSY that take being busy to a religious level. They not only act as if they are busier than anyone else in the company but that their busy is the only thing of importance in the world right now.

Just stop it. Right-the-Fucking-Now.

Your busy isn’t any more important than my busy (or lack thereof). We are creating spreadsheets and slidedecks, not developing Cold Fusion or putting the finishing touches on the Cure for Cancer.

Surprisingly, the IMSOBUSY somehow has time to notice when you are doing some non-work related task like talking to your spouse or browsing Amazon.

This is why everyone at the office not so secretly hates you.

Not every single moment of your working day needs to be sacrificed to doing something work related, no matter how unnecessary. That’s not how work should work.

Some jobs are more transactional and some are more “CPU-intensive”.  Others require just a lot of being there waiting for something you have no control of to happen.  Thee side effect of this is a certain amount of down or idle time.  And you can only fine tune your time sheets so much.

According to a Salary.com survey, 64% of employees regularly spend time surfing the Internet on websites unrelated to work. Those are the ones who admitted it, so the number is most likely even higher.

If you want to be a workaholic, fine.  Don’t pull me into your reindeer games Chester!

If you legitimately are Perpetually Too Busy it is because you are over tasked, inefficient or both.

If you have more work than is possible to do in a given day and you are constantly struggling just to get thing done than that is a resource/manpower issue between you and your manager. If your manager refuses or is unable to hire more headcount YOU and only YOU have to determine if this is the place for you.

Just don’t ask me for help because I’m busy!

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