Ross Hudgens nails it with one of the things I feel is ruining Corporate America, “being busy”:
You’ve heard it. You’ve probably said it. Hopefully you’ve done the former more than the latter, but this phrase is something of a hero’s tale for the American working class. To be busy is to be popular, to be busy is to be working towards something bigger, and to be busy is not be lazy, one of the most frowned upon characteristics of the human persona.
When your life is filled with must-fill action steps, you will inevitably become unhappy, because musts mean that other variables, such as your desire to perform them, play no part in the process. To be busy also means that you are in an environment that is the opposite of entrepreneurial – your life is largely defined by someone else’s need for your imminent actions. This is superior to no action at all, but it is a next-best option as compared to independently choosing when to act.
People wave “being busy” as a point of pride. It couldn’t be more wrong. As Merlin Mann once said (I’m paraphrasing), “Are you so busy you’ll miss the next great idea?” Busy in Corporate America is one of the reasons companies remain stagnant and only tackling whatever is most pressing and in their face, rather then spending time on what really matters.