We all have friends and we all know how important it is to have friends for the various reasons that we do; be it for reasons like networking, social life or for the sake of having a life partner. Yes, sometimes they support, encourage and stick with us through thick or thin but there is one major thing that can turn a good and lively friendship into a sour tale of strangers. Can you guess it? it has the following meaning:
- to be actively and attentively engaged in work or a pastime
"I'd love to hang out! But I'm really busy."
"Sorry I didn't get back to you earlier! I've been so busy."
"What's going on with me? Just busy as usual!"
Truthfully, there is nothing wrong in being busy, people can actually have a ton of things to do and still maintain a great relationship. It's not the work that is bothering, it's the word "busy". The word busy makes the other person feel like there is something more important at that present time to do than engaging in the activity in which they would like to do with you,indirectly letting the person know their place in your social scale of preference.
Let's see some other alternatives to telling someone you are "busy":
- Telling them the actual reason you can't meet with them
- Create a time frame/schedule
Everyone needs a life out of work, a social life. Yes, work is essential but it's also important to have a social sense of belonging with people who eventually turn out to be like family to you. So why not try saying goodbye to "busy" and see how things turn out.