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How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by Cieno: 1:12pm On Jun 23, 2016
Whether or not you are getting your work done, it’s important to look busy. If you look like you’ve got a lot of downtime at work, people might think you are expendable; here are some great tips to looking really busy, even if you’re not . .

1. Always walk around the office briskly and Often with a sense of urgency.
It doesn’t matter where you’re going: a meeting, the bathroom, or on some random stroll around the office. When you walk the halls, keep a brisk pace. If someone tries to stop you for a chat, give that person a quick hello or wave without missing a step. You’re too busy to talk and can’t waste one second lollygagging around.

2. Always keep a stack of paper or binders in your hand while away from your desk

The papers can be blank, or the binder empty. It doesn’t matter. No one will know. Better yet, stuff the papers into the binder. Either way, it will look like work. This is especially important when hanging out at a coworker’s cubicle or workstation. An armful of paper makes it looks like you’re talking about work when you’re really just talking about how wrong America was for not choosing your favorite person to win the Voice.

3. While at your desk, run the tape on your adding machine with random calculations (if applicable).
Not only does it make you look busy, it makes you sound busy. Rip the tape off and sigh loudly every few minutes to make it seem like you’re working diligently to solve some major problem.

4. Stare intently at your computer screen.
Keep your hand on the mouse and click three quick times. Then feverishly type on your keyboard. Repeat. To be even more convincing, open an email draft and start typing stuff. Create a shopping list or something.

5. Constantly write things on Post-it notes.
This is works if you don’t use a computer at work. You can use them to jot down that shopping list or a playlist you want to create on your iPod. Perhaps you want to practice your signature or come up with a list of potential names for the kids you plan to have one day. Or, maybe you just want to doodle. Whatever you do, keep that pen moving. Make sure at the end of the day to collect all your notes. You don’t want any evidence of your busy work laying around for prying eyes.

6. Wear your glasses.
Even if they’re just for reading, keep them on. Always. And if you don’t need them, buy a fake pair. Busy people wear glasses.

7. Don’t talk. Don’t say a peep.
If a coworker calls your name, ignore her. When she comes to your desk, pop your head up from your pad of post its, computer monitor, or adding machine with a surprised look on your face. Apologize and explain how all this work has made you completely oblivious to world.

8. Use your cell phone to call your desk phone.
Answer it and carry on a fake conversation. Keep it brief and throw in a “right, yes, and ok” every few words or so. End the conversation with “I’ll get right on it”, and clumsily hang up the phone. Throw in one of those loud sighs for good measure. It seems the boss has just assigned you with yet another project that is sure to keep you busy for the rest of the day.

9. Type and Scribble Furiously
Whether you are doing actual work, finishing up your shopping list, or chatting with your mates, you should always be typing or scribbling furiously. Because you are a busy person and you need to finish this task as fast as possible to move on to the next . . .

10. Do some actual work..but not too much
Use this as a last resort. When all else fails, do a little work. But don’t spread yourself too thin! Easy there, tiger. Don’t do today what can wait until tomorrow.

Source: http://www.naijasauce.com.ng/how-to-look-busy-at-work-without-really-working/

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by prstge007: 1:32pm On Jun 23, 2016
hahaaaa!!!!

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by Nobody: 1:42pm On Jun 23, 2016
Lalasticlala have been deceiving Seunn with dis cheesy

Smh
Lala, coman deny this

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by MrAdroit(m): 2:13pm On Jun 23, 2016
yea, I'm pretty sure d aforementioned points works perfectly

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by David25(m): 2:16pm On Jun 23, 2016
chaiii! Heaven and hell is real grin

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by iOctane: 5:00pm On Jun 23, 2016
@Lalasticlala this is front page material. Pls push to front page

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by mrkings84(m): 6:59am On Jun 24, 2016
Chaiiii.... This is buharious.. efcc need to hear this

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by Mimexy(f): 6:59am On Jun 24, 2016
How to fake being busy at work? Just hold up a file and stare for hours while talking to yourself

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by Pyno30: 6:59am On Jun 24, 2016
And yet you are busy with nothing,,,


Ok

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by Damilare5882(m): 7:00am On Jun 24, 2016
All these things is moreless like working .... grin grin grin grin

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by missstella(f): 7:00am On Jun 24, 2016
Lolz....sounds cool but ......
Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by adioolayi(m): 7:00am On Jun 24, 2016
How To Get Fired Without Entitlement, Warning or Sympathy grin grin grin

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by virus05(m): 7:00am On Jun 24, 2016
see wetin nl dey teach us

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by GoldenJAT(m): 7:01am On Jun 24, 2016
na which office I go de form busy like that?
Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by peter1994(m): 7:01am On Jun 24, 2016
Hehehehe.

u never jam beta work be that..

Na u go de beg to de Idle

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by KangaIye: 7:02am On Jun 24, 2016
This is one of the reason Nigeria is not growing we are just too lazy tongue

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by leksmedia: 7:04am On Jun 24, 2016
Then when the quarterly evaluation gets done, and obviously you will be fired,i hope you will be kind enough to come back and give us the how to be effective and super effective to ensure 100% effectiveness at work. I will be looking forward to that post.

I got my eyes on you boy. even if you change your username and use another account to post. I already know your handwriting

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by soloxxng: 7:05am On Jun 24, 2016
This early morning END TIME OP

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by duas4real: 7:05am On Jun 24, 2016
I will try this today
Will comment again if it works, when am back

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by 2undexy(m): 7:05am On Jun 24, 2016
and u pretending means what?

I bet, you are missing loads of gist from cassandra's office...u beta go meet her.

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by feldido(m): 7:05am On Jun 24, 2016
This is Kwaruption grin

Buhari must here this.
Nairaland is encouraging Kwaruption grin shocked

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by omolola15(m): 7:06am On Jun 24, 2016
Omo!! shocked shocked see laziness at its peak

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by BeeBeeOoh(m): 7:07am On Jun 24, 2016
Hehehehehehehehehehehehehe! Op u're not serious at all

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by FakeNEWSevryday: 7:07am On Jun 24, 2016
is mod sleeping?

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by Nobody: 7:07am On Jun 24, 2016
That number is like what movies do

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by SmithHumble50: 7:07am On Jun 24, 2016
Nawa oo...na when u get d job u go pretend na... Lol
Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by cmart09(m): 7:08am On Jun 24, 2016
This will slowdown national productivity level.

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by merits(m): 7:08am On Jun 24, 2016
Lie,lie muhammed
Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by FakeNEWSevryday: 7:08am On Jun 24, 2016
BeeBeeOoh:
Hehehehehehehehehehehehehe! Op u're not serious at all
op is serious but the mod that forward this to fp grin

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by tonio2wo: 7:08am On Jun 24, 2016
E better make I do d real work jeje than go all tru this stress.

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by LMAyedun(m): 7:08am On Jun 24, 2016
Wetin I no go see for dis Nairaland?
"How to be busy doing nothing" grin

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Re: How To Look Busy At Work Without Really Working by Franky9584(m): 7:09am On Jun 24, 2016
hahaha, no 8....hmmm

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