I really don't think there is a phrase that sets me off more than "I'm busy." I feel like everybody is so busy these days, like that's a completely normal thing. I understand having a lot to juggle. I was a full-time grad student who also worked full-time. However, I feel like I wasn't busy all of the time. Yes, there were things that needed to get done and priorities to shuffle around, but I still found enough time to sleep the recommended hours each night, cook (somewhat) nutritious meals, and have a life (to an extent). Now that I'm done with that part of my life, I still feel like there is a need to be "busy," like people look down on me because I'm not an adult who is constantly hurrying from point A to point B all day, every day.
There is totally a glorification of being busy these days. But here's the thing: you're going to burn out always being so busy. It happens to everyone. We're not designed to function on fumes. So why do we glorify those who work crazy hours? Why do we glorify not having down time once in a while? I also feel like people use the word busy in place of priorities these days. They'll use the "I'm busy" phrase when they really mean "My priorities are different right now." Saying "I'm busy" tells others to go away without having to offer an explanation or an alternative. So, not only are we glorifying the ideal of being busy, but we're also diluting the word.
I'm tired of everyone having to be so damn busy all of the time. Here's my challenge to you: find ways to end the "busy" in your life. Maybe you just need to redefine what success looks like to you. Or maybe it's time for a digital detox so you can reconnect with your life. Or maybe you can find solitude for a few minutes a day. It's time to take back the word busy and realize that we are allowed to feel relaxed. You'd be surprised at how much more productive you can be when you're not feeling hurried all of the time.
PS: Check out my post on diminishing returns to better understand why being busy all of the time may not always lead to success.