|제목||[No. 223 Opinion] Are you really busy or do you just feel busy?|
Are you really busy or do you just feel busy?
My students often tell me that they are very busy with their work. This is not an issue because students are supposed to keep themselves busy particularly during the semester. However, saying “I’m busy” may point to a deep-rooted problem.
I want to raise a serious question for my students: Are you really busy or do you just feel busy? Saying “I’m very busy” may mean that students have a full plate in their hands and they are doing many important tasks at the same time.
A good alternative phrase for “I’m busy” may be “I try to be productive.” By focusing on what you are trying to accomplish instead of being overwhelmed and trapped by busyness, you will be able to keep your conversation pointed in a positive direction and have an opportunity to proactively share your goals or achievements without downgrading or being indifferent to them.