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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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The argument that she and others make is that publishing crime statistics at the detailed level required by the Clery Act adds unnecessary busywork to campus safety personnel workload and does not result in meaningful action.
As we approach the end of the year and what's usually a holiday season, I recently stopped my busywork to spend time with the son of a friend.
The vast majority of physicians find it to be costly, time-devouring busywork. It also tends to indoctrinate physicians into the treatment preferences of elitist, monopolistic, self-certified "experts." But a Compact-licensed physician instantly becomes ineligible-- and even becomes a non-physician, if he misses one too many questions on an exam or fails to pay up.
Up to this point, it's seemingly been more about busywork and aimless button-clicking than meaningful work.
Designed to eliminate busywork, the platform also simplifies repetitive tasks with templates and automated workflows.
If all the travel, meetings, phone calls, and busywork are eating into hours you would otherwise be spending at home or on a much-needed vacation, use these tools to get work under control and make more room in your life for living.
His philosophy was to run a small team where everyone would be occupied with no time for busywork. For two years, he made preparations for the voyage, trying to build up more funds to accomplish his journey.
Everyone talks about physical toning, but we need emotional toning as well, a way to give the mind a rest from busywork and raise our body-centered energy.
Updating your materials can feel like busywork, but remember that these images may be your first impression: Keep them specific to your target audience and recalibrate your look with every call you attend.
With their minds off the busywork, the controllers on frequency can keep their focus on separating and sequencing airplanes in their congested airspace.
The navy gave the boys busywork to occupy their time.
"Generally it frees up pharmacists from busywork so that they can spend more time talking to patients, which is great," Umbreit says.
Digby argues that "if we don't defend the virtues of imagination and spontaneity in our classes, we will all be teaching from rigid syllabi according to rubrics and templates spelled out week by week as teachers of fifth-grade classes are forced to do" Her essay is a call to action against the "absurdly regimented, generally fictitious, and misnamed goals and objectives" that kill inspiration and turn education into busywork
If Sophie's for real, then God exists and life has a purpose; if she's a fake, then Stanley's momentous life change -- never before has he really smelled the flowers, or admired "Nature's pointless busywork"!
Not only does this bill infringe on the rights of responsible citizens -- non-criminals -- but it is a diversion of scarce police resources and talents away from actual crime-fighting to busywork.