Ask anyone at work how busy they are and you’ll probably hear some variant of “super busy!” You’ve probably said it yourself. Does that mean the standard 40-hour work week isn’t long enough? Or are we really as busy as we say we are?
Like George Costanza’s tactic of acting annoyed in order to appear overwhelmed with work, acting “busy” is an impression management tactic and a mindset that many of us use so often that we don’t even realize we’re doing it. In this episode, we discuss the paradox of busyness - the fact that acting busy often makes us less productive and less happy at work.
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