It’s probably fair to say that most of us have bad habits. Dax here has the habit of sticking his tongue out and wiggling it, making himself look like some sort of alien being. My husband has the habit of leaving his socks everywhere (in my knitting basket, on the piano…)

I have lots of bad habits, I think, but there’s one that I really need to give up: complaining about how much work I have to do.

I tend to feel that I’m justified in complaining, or even that it is not complaining so much as sharing useful information, especially when I’m telling #1 daughter. I really felt as though it was only through my repeated firm announcements that I had too much work that I persuaded #1 daughter (the COO) to allow me to hire some help.

My kids do not agree.

They have some points of support:

  • I am subject to Parkinson’s Law: work expands to fill the time available. They say that if I have less work I spend more time on what I have, so I always have too much work.
  • I always say I have too much work, no matter how much there is.
  • I have always taught them not to complain about things that can’t be changed. Since I will always have too much work (see the previous two points), I should quit complaining.

I have the additional point that it is fortunate to have plenty of work. There has been, since I started being self-employed, exactly one day when I got up and had no work to do. I had some work by noon of that day. I know what a blessing that is.

Obviously, I should give up this particular bad habit.