“How’s it going?” “Busy.”
I used to say “busy” a lot. With a weird mix of pride and despair. Sound familiar?
Now, I make an effort never to respond that way. I think “busy” makes people immediately feel stressed. Anyone else think it triggers this, “agh me too — panic!” thought process? Or at the very least an internal cringe?
I’ve started trying to say things like, “working on a fun, new project!” or “reading a great book on business finances – it’s more fun than it sounds!” or even just a “terrific!” if my creative juices are zapped for the day.
Those answers spark fun conversations — versus downer follow-up questions about what’s causing the “busy,” with the asker bracing themselves for your response.
Plus, I guess it reflects my belief that how we respond to that question has an impact on how our view our own days/weeks (a self-fulfilling prophecy type thing) and the asker’s mood. I mean, it’s way more fun to spread a smile than gloom, right?
I’m not saying slap a sunny face on everything, even when your chin wobbles as you fight tears. I’m just saying, instead of the rote-“busy”-with-grimace response, shake it up. Try to surprise the other person with something random and upbeat.
So, what’re your favorite, surprising way to respond? How’s it going, lady?
My favorite response now days is "Productive!" or "Being productive!"…something like that. Better word than "busy" and more positive in my opinion.