In Defense of Not Being a Work-Aholic

Everyone always remarks about all my energy and I've been accused of being a work-aholic. Neither is true.

When you get to be my age, or at least in my case, my energy only lasts so long. I rise early and get started right away. Unlike others I've read about, I always shower and dress first knowing that if I didn't, I might not get dressed all day. Besides, it's what I've done all my life. 

After straightening the kitchen and making a cup of Chai latte, I sit down at my computer where I do my Bible study, Email and a quick check of Facebook come next. And because I'm on a blog tour right now, I promote whatever blog I'm visiting on Facebook, Twitter, all the Facebook groups and lists that I belong too. During the day I'll be checking to see who has commented and reply to them, keeping a list of who comments for my contest.

I always have an ongoing to-do list which will include working on the three newsletters I'm responsible for: mine (monthly), PSWA (quarterly), and CRSA (monthly), any promotion sites I want to use, writing blogs for Make Mine Mystery and The Stiletto Gang (2 times a month), and my own blog. I have something new here every two days--and if I don't have a guest, I need to come up with something.

I check my calendar often to make sure I don't forget to do or plan for something. Next on the calendar is heading over to Santa Maria on Friday (means deciding what to wear and packing) because I'm joining the Central Coast Sisters in Crime once again on Saturday, April 19 from 9:30 to noon at the Santa Maria Library at 421 S. McClelland. We're going to be talking about plotting.

And there's Easter. Because of the traveling on the day before, I've had to ask my daughter-in-law to make salads for our Easter dinner--already have the honey baked ham.

By late afternoon, I'm done. I'm probably going to fix dinner, but there won't be any work from then on. Hubby and I will no doubt watch a Netflix movie or some ongoing series using our Roku.

There are other things that come up along the way--and because I don't want to forget, I take care of whatever it is in a timely manner. Procrastination just isn't part of my personality.

I've always gotten great satisfaction out of accomplishing things--unfortunately, these days I'm not able to do nearly as much as I used to--but after all, I am 80.

Marilyn aka F. M . Meredith


Being a workaholic is something I thought I gave up when I retired from my real world job. Now that I'm doing this writing gig, I think I'm working harder than ever. I need to slow down.

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