Busy work is any activity that we do to help us pass the time without creating value.
It takes in the form of conference calls, emails, Tweets and Netflix binge watching. At times, this busy work can feel productive but it isn’t. It is another form of hiding.
TPS reports never have and never will change the world. In the end, this false narrative of being “busy” while appearing to be productive, isn’t going to give us the kind of joy and meaning we seek in our lives. Merely existing, getting by and through the day, isn’t enough to fill our cups.
If it is important, productive people find a way to get it done.
The next time someone asks how things are going, I hope you will resist the urge to say you are busy and instead tell them how productive you have been.