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When People Ask You How You Are Doing, Stop Replying with “Busy”

Source | Linkedin | Robert Glazer | Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author and Speaker | Founder & CEO @ Acceleration Partners

With work and school back in full swing this week for many, our schedules will be filling up fast. The next time someone asks you “How are you?”, you are very likely to respond with what’s become somewhat of a conversational crutch. “ Busy.”

This exchange is ubiquitous in both our personal and professional lives. It’s as if busyness carries a certain status symbol. Here is the problem though. Being” busy” doesn’t make us happier; and it doesn’t make us more productive. It just means we are filling all of our available time and, for many people, we may be doing things that don’t really matter the most to us.

Years ago, in one of our quarterly offsite meetings, a leadership team member told our facilitator, “I just don’t have enough time!” The facilitator looked at her, then at all of us, and said, “As a leader, ‘not enough time’ is an excuse you all must take out of your vocabulary. If you are waiting for all this free time to come, it’s never going to happen. It’s about what you prioritize and how you use your time. Effective leaders know how to prioritize what’s most important.”

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