The New York Times recently had a great piece on this called the “The Busy Trap.” Check it out here: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/30/the-busy-trap/
Perhaps, though, we have mixed up the question: what is all this rushing about getting us? Are we using our time productively? If we are engaged in busy work for the sake of being, well, busy – what’s the point? On the other hand, if our work is to the benefit of someone else, why do we make it all about us? If we are volunteering, if we feel energized by our work, if we are serving a higher good, I expect we wouldn’t call it being busy: we would call it feeling fulfilled. (As in “filled full” of the right activities and life ventures, the kind that serve God, others and (ultimately) ourselves as well.
Something to think about the next time to you feel the need to one-up someone’s “I’m so busy” boast.