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Activity, such as schoolwork or office work, meant to take up time but not necessarily yield productive results.


unproductive work


(ˈbɪz iˌwɜrk)

work often of little productive value assigned so that a person will be occupied or look busy.
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Noun1.busywork - active work of little valuebusywork - active work of little value; "while he was waiting he filled the days with busywork"
work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
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I tend to cope through busywork, and this was good busywork, but now it's complete, I'm focusing on the counselling to actually deal with my grief.
As artificial intelligence assumes some of this busywork and takes much of the guesswork out of diagnosis, physicians may find greater job satisfaction as they provide the skills a computer never can: a human touch, a personal and reflective interpretation of a patient's diagnosis, and a true emotional connection.
Like rivals Apple and Samsung, it has built AI features directly into the processor at the heart of its latest phone, allowing the device to help users translate between languages, choose the most appropriate camera settings or take over busywork like organising files and photos.
It has that dynamic, shifting prose, incisive attention to detail and gesture, as if the busywork of our hands says more about us than anything else; gutting portrait-work that latches onto a character's least-attractive qualities before softening them with something warm.
And they don't just get more busywork done in the sense that they sloppily pull things together-high performers complete more activities and report being more excellence-driven than their peers.
It would be easy for a smaller company to follow the letter of the law and be buried in busywork generated to meet compliance standards," she said.
With a scope ranging from daily organization of the household, to the impact of periodicals in formulating time structures, to busywork, to meals, Damkjasr draws together the relationship between the need for mechanistic time structures to create order, and the simultaneous need to have those structures disrupted in order to resist the oppressive banality of repetition.
MH2GO has reduced the amount of transactional busywork, increasing sales productivity and allowing our sales people to focus more on strategic matters with our customers," explains Fern.
Victor sees good PBL projects in the following light: "Taking on a common task with others--collaborating in an authentic engagement type of situation--is not merely busywork.
Otherwise, practice can become busywork that doesn't contribute to chunking.
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.