Busy, busy, busy. Was that your answer when someone recently asked how you were doing?

According to the Washington Post, busyness has become a status symbol. Researchers have found that people who say they are busy are implicitly telling others that “I am very important, and my human capital is sought after, which is why I’m so busy.”

I remember serving on a committee looking for someone to accomplish a task. Another committee member said, “Ask a busy person. They always manage to get things done.” I never understood that logic. If someone was already busy, why would they have time for one more thing?

The holiday season is a time when I can feel like I’m busier than ever. Busy shopping, busy decorating, busy sending greeting cards, busy baking, busy hosting, busy visiting or doing this or that holiday activity. Whew!

It’s overwhelming.

My daughter loaned me a book where the main character told everyone who asked what she did for a living this answer: “I do nothing.” I was ready to love this book. Unfortunately, I didn’t.

A while ago, I took a hard look at my busy holiday schedule. Did I really need to bake three varieties of cookies? Baking is not typically my thing (it might be yours) so I decided to bake half of one variety. Did I really need to send out personalized Christmas cards with our family photo on the front? I decided I was okay with mass produced cards, but I really enjoyed writing personal notes in each.

I used to have twelve boxes of Christmas decorations in my attic. Twelve!!! Plus two toddler-size nutcrackers. No more.

Some day so many people will be busy that busyness will be common and no longer a status symbol.

I’m getting a head start on that new trend. Want to join me?