Yes or No?
August 12, 2009 Leave a comment
I just had one of those lightbulb moments. So often I hear the words “I’m SOOOO busy” utttered where I work. I’m sure that other folks hear them too. It is a bit of a pet peeve with me. To me saying that implies that YOU are busy but I AM NOT. Which is not the case at all. One man (or woman’s) perception of busy is a day off to another.
With that aside, onto my actual lightbulb moment. I was responding to an email from a colleague. I had asked them to review some content on our Staff Intranet. They offered to make a few changes themselves. I was thrilled and immediately replied. I started off saying yes, by all means please make the changes I then added a sentence about all the stuff I was going to have to do with the new Staff Intranet when it hit me. She probably didn’t care if I was busy or not. A simple yes or no was what she was looking for. So deleted the sentence and thanked her for her offer.
Some of you might think, well d’uh. I knew that deep down but this is the first time I was the one going on about how busy I WAS when I truly realized how it must come across to others. Now I know why when I hear those words it rubs me the wrong way. They are usually a response to a question instead of a simple yes or no.