Are You Busy or Just Busy Bragging? [QUIZ] by EmailAnalytics | Apr 10, 2018 | News | 1 comment TweetShare5Share+15 Shares Busy bragging has become a full-scale epidemic. Your friends, coworkers, family members, and even you have been guilty of exaggerating how “busy” you actually are, whether it’s telling your boss you don’t have time to take on that new project, or telling your friends you haven’t made plans with them because your plate is so full. You might be conscious of it, using your busyness as an excuse to get out of something, or you really might feel like you’re too busy to take on new responsibilities. Researchers and cultural critics have taken on the phenomenon of busy bragging, noting its most common motivations: Busy as a status symbol. Being busy means you’re important, so the busier you are, the more indispensable you feel. You might feel inferior to others if you aren’t as busy as they are. Busy as job protection. Being busy makes you look good at work, since it means you’re taking on lots of tasks and responsibilities. Busy as task avoidance. Busy could also be a way to avoid taking on new tasks; the busiest people in the office can’t afford to take on new projects and tasks. Busy as conformity. If everyone in your office is talking about how busy they are, you don’t want to be the odd person out. Busy as an excuse. Claiming to be busy is also a convenient excuse for getting out of a social or professional responsibility you don’t want to do. Busy as a psychological effect. It’s also possible that you feel “busy,” even though your plate isn’t as full as you think it is. If you feel busy, like almost all of us do, I’d be willing to bet you’re busy bragging to yourself and others—even if it’s just a little bit. So why not challenge yourself to take this highly scientifically accurate quiz*, and see how “busy” you really are? *Quiz not scientifically accurate. “Busy” is a relative term. 1. How busy do you feel? I’m really not that busy, but this quiz looked fun. An average level of busy. Like, really busy. So busy it’s causing me physical and mental anguish. 2. How many hours do you work per week at your main job? Less than 40 hours. 40-50 hours. 50-60 hours. More than 60 hours. * Fun fact: the average full-time American employee works an average of 47 hours per week. 3. Do you have a side gig or second job? How many hours do you spend doing it? I don’t have a side gig or second job. Less than 10 hours a week. 10-20 hours a week. More than 20 hours a week. 4. Describe your inbox. I try to avoid that cluttered hellhole of unread messages and spam. I use EmailAnalytics, so I’m pretty on top of it. I’m close to inbox zero, and most of my messages are nestled safely in an appropriate folder. I haven’t checked it in a few minutes, so I’m sure there are a hundred new emails for me to read. Poorly organized, but manageable. Fairly consistent and predictable. 5. How much sleep do you get every night? Less than 6 hours. 6 to 8 hours. More than 8 hours. * Fun fact: the average adult gets less than 7 hours of sleep each night. 6. How much time do you spend on exercise, meditation, and other health-related commitments? Hardly any. Less than 30 minutes a day. 30-60 minutes a day. More than an hour a day. 7. What’s your family situation like? Just me. Living with a partner and/or roommates. Married. Single with a child. Single with multiple children. Married/partnered with a child. Married/partnered with multiple children. Some Brady Bunch-style nightmare with a dozen people. 8. What’s a typical dinner like? I cook everything from scratch. Someone takes care of the cooking for me. I get fast food or order delivery. I mostly rely on packaged foods, TV dinners, etc. I forage for hours to find perfectly ripe berries. 9. How much time do you spend watching TV or movies, or playing video games? Almost never. 1-4 hours per week (up to 30 minutes a day). 4-7 hours per week (up to 60 minutes a day). 8-14 hours per week (up to 2 hours a day). 15-28 hours per week (up to 4 hours a day). Even more than that. * Fun fact: You probably don’t even register on this scale. The average American watches about 5 hours of TV every day. 10. I’m guessing you have a hobby, or something that brings you pleasure in life (such as playing an instrument, playing board games, sailing, volunteering, or woodworking). How often do you get to do this activity? Every day. A few times a week. Once a week. Once a month. I can’t remember the last time I did it. 11. How often do you get to spend time with your closest friends? Every day. A few times a week. Once a week. Once a month. I can’t remember the last time I did it. 12. It’s Friday night and your best friend asks you to get a drink. What’s your typical, honest response? Omw. I still have work to catch up on. I’m too tired. (Some excuse that lets you watch your favorite TV show). 13. How much time do you spend doing quizzes like these instead of actually working? At least a few minutes, apparently. Gotcha! 14. Seriously, though, how did you feel taking this quiz? This is awesome! Is it seriously almost over? Crap. I need to get back to work. What am I doing this for? I really needed a break. I’m glad this is clearing my head. I’m hungry. Ready to get started with EmailAnalytics? Try it now, instantly, with a 14-day free trial. No credit card required! Start my 14-day free trial!TweetShare5Share+15 Shares 1 Comment prashanth on 04/12/2018 at 4:48 am I love this talk! I am the epitome of busy, busy, busy. I need to remember it is a journey not a race. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.