A Slightly Snarky Post About Being “Busy”

I feel like I have been hearing a lot about how busy everyone is these days. My Twitter feed will display tweets reading “SO busy this week” or “I have so much going on this week, feel like it will be the end of me.”I have come to hate the word busy.

When I was an undergrad at the University of Iowa, I also found myself thinking (and probably tweeting) about how “busy” I was too. I held two internships, was an active member of my sorority, the President of PRSSA, the public relations director of Sigma Alpha Pi and not to be forgotten a student/friend/girlfriend/daughter/sister.

Weeks were crazy and I was going going going all day long. I definitely had my moments when I complained about my full schedule and how exhausted I felt come Friday. Reading all these tweets venting about how busy the person is takes me back to my days at Iowa.BUTEvaluating where I am now makes me appreciate all those jam packed days and weeks because if I didn’t work hard then, I would never have a job now (especially in this economy). I can’t help but embrace my hard work and long nights now because it made me who I am and has helped me learn the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace.

I’m not trying to toot my own horn, I’m a recent grad just starting out in marketing/public relations field, but I know that my experiences/internships/PRSSA and my busy schedule helped me learn important life skills (think time management, perseverance) made me grow up (think maturity, teamwork) and embrace the importance/necessity of hard work.

Big picture. Everyone is busy. Not many care about your busy schedule because they probably have just as busy as/busier life than you. Save yourself the time and stop complaining about it.Students, don’t expect your schedule to be less “busy” once you graduate. This may be a bit snarky, but life is busy and shouldn’t slow down post-graduation.

I urge students and professionals to embrace their busy lifestyles.As I mentioned above, I have complained about being busy (I’m not a saint) but this is something I’m working on too.

Wouldn’t you rather have a full schedule than an empty one? After all, if you’re not busy going somewhere, you’re going nowhere fast.

I came across this article from Penelope Trunk (author of the blog, The Brazen Careerist), “Being busy is not being honest” ¬†and I recommend checking it out. It helped change my perspective on being “busy.”What do you think? Would you rather have a full schedule or nothing going on?

4 Comments

  1. Great blog. Love the layout. And i agree with the post, everyone needs to stop complaining that they are busy. People make themselves busy on purpose. It is a choice.

    Best,

    Hannah Katy

  2. Thanks for the comment Hannah. I appreciate the layout comment. It is definitely still in the works!

  3. First off, “snarky” is one of my favorite words, so I immediately love this post.

    I am also not a fan of all the complainers of being “busy”. I would much rather be busy with a full schedule, making things happen, than just sitting around all day twiddling my thumbs. Embrace being busy! Like you said Tegan, it builds important skills that make you more marketable and desirable to current and future employers.

    People get overwhelmed all the time but instead of complaining, take a step back and realize it is better to fill your day with meaningful tasks rather than boredom.

    Great post Tegan!

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