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busy work

Menial activities, tasks, or chores meant to occupy time, more so than to accomplish anything productive. I actually wanted to learn more about fossils, but the substitute teacher just gave us busy work to do.
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busy work

Activity meant to take up time but not actually be productive. For example, We have to put in an eight-hour day, even if we do nothing but busy work. [c. 1840]
See also: busy, work
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If your team is spending less time doing the mundane busy work related to sorting and filing and can stay organized in real time - and if they can communicate and share information with each other more efficiently and effectively, then I think businesses will find our service really compelling and useful.
Summary: It seems Angelina Jolie's six children help their mum balance her busy work and home life.
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TV STAR Caroline Quentin has refused to let her pregnancy get in the way of her busy work schedule.
A spokeswoman said: "With busy work schedules, it seems that dads are really struggling to find the time to take children to the park to kick a ball or play on the swings.
Students are required to take four high school classes that are designed like college classes, without a lot of busy work and a minimum of six college units.
Rather than having to wait on hold during busy work hours, I got the answer when someone called me back -- saving me precious time that I spent with my customers.
Summary: Angelina Jolie has said it is thanks to her "wonderful man" Brad Pitt that she is able to have a busy work and home life:
Although lawn and garden enthusiasts are often willing to spend the time and resources to water their plants, simple barriers such as local watering restrictions, family vacations and busy work schedules make it difficult to stay on top of basic watering needs," says Savich.
Didier Pomerleau, a director of the Company since May 7, 2001, resigned from his directorship effective March 3, 2005 due to his busy work schedule.