When you ask someone at work how they are, you will often hear the response, “Busy.”

For added impact, this can also come with a telling roll of the eyes and a sigh of exasperation.

It has become a badge of honour.

If I’m busy, then what I’m doing must be important.

If everyone else is busy, then I think I should be too, or at least tell everyone that I am.

And so it goes.

I’m busy, you’re busy, we’re all busy.

To be honest, I think that being busy is over-rated.

How about being effective instead?

Or making an impact?

Or making things better?

Perhaps it’s time to stop wearing our busyness as a badge of honour, to get off the hamster wheel and to start doing what matters.