Speed: Velocity :: Busyness: ?

Middle school physics taught us to distinguish velocity from speed. Velocity is movement with purpose. It not only denotes how far one goes, but also the direction of travel. One could travel a large distance in a circular track without displacing themselves by very much.

Busyness is the “speed” at which our day progresses. Busyness constitutes all that is urgent, and is not restricted to the important. Busy governs several of our lives, but we can all relate to being busy without getting much done.

If speed is analogous to busyness, we need an equivalent term for velocity.

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