Una Mullally: Ban ‘busy’ in 2017 and get more out of life

Is saying you are busy an attempt to show how indispensable or important you are?

When writing the to-do lists and goals for 2017, make time off a priority if you want to get more done.

When writing the to-do lists and goals for 2017, make time off a priority if you want to get more done.

The first thing everyone tends to do in January is to imagine themselves as people they are not. Resolutions, to-do lists, grand plans, aspirations and abstinence are January’s favourite sports. It’s a noble thing, but best laid plans and all that. There were plenty of oft-spoken and over-referenced words in 2016 such as fake news, populism and alt-right. But one word keeps overtaking most: busy.

I’m allergic to the cult of busy; the boring, competitive culture where everyone tries to get one up on each other regarding how many hours they are putting in and how run off their feet they are. If you really want to do something for yourself in 2017, then ban “busy”.

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