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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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Administrative machinery is intolerably complex and laden with mindless busywork.
CEOs who can cut through the clutter to focus on the most important, most strategic issues have a competitive advantage over those CEOs who become bogged down in busywork.
I say that filling your funnel with lots of leads that will never pan out is just a lot of busywork and wasted time.
So if your producers are spending too much time in the office and your service staff berate the busywork that keeps them from meeting expectations and being more productive, consider process improvement as an approach that can deliver quick, yet meaningful wins and empower your people to be the engines of growth for your organization.
Second, doing away with regulatory busywork is not irrational; it's the exact opposite of irrational.
Anyway, your westside New York is filled with towers who-knows-how-many stories high, each with a facade I'd call blank if it weren't so laden with squared-away busywork.
Bishop Rinehart has me imagining telling my dean that I am going to give up some committee time and seminary busywork for Lent and spend that time studying Scripture.
They must avoid giving busywork just to make sure that the students are completing a certain amount of homework each night.
He also recommends that the Pentagon streamline bloated bureaucracies that often do duplicative and unnecessary busywork.
So, they sort of make busywork for themselves by calling in directors.
Otherwise, there is a risk of being content with busywork and activities that may not be moving the company in the appropriate direction for desired results.
Many kits, especially for children's crafts, are nothing more than over-guided busywork for creating numerous identical disposable items.
Following his appearance before magistrates in Caernarfon, Llwyd appeared to blame his busywork schedule for the reason he was driving so fast.
In other words, over half their day is wasted on busywork that someone less costly could do.
However, one third of the parents rated the quality of the homework as poor and 40% view homework as busywork, not related to school learning.