This question is always a double edged sword. In my job right now I am ‘steadily’ busy. I’m never at a loss for 10 min to watch a funny YouTube but can certainly find enough things to do to fill the day. However, when someone asks if I am busy, I’m always at a loss. There are two scenarios that generally play out:
My boss / a client asks me if I am busy:
He wants me to do something. No matter what I answer I’m going to have to do it eventually. So, if I answer “yes, I am busy” he’ll either ask “doing what” or will tell me to get back with him when I am not busy. In the latter situation, I’ll have some random task hanging over my head until I can get back with him. What to do? I normally respond with “why do you ask” and be as ambiguous as possible.
My team asks me if I am busy:
They need to talk to me about something. I am always available to my team, so I feel bad if I tell them that I am busy with one thing or another. Not to mention the fact that I don't want to seem like I'm just hanging out all day (which I am certainly not - especially as of late). What to do? I’ll usually answer with some sort of “sort of, but what is up?”. Hopefully that will keep my virtual 'open door' wide open.
Of COURSE, I'm never too busy to think up a new random blog post. Those come to me all day long!