Having decided not to write a list of worthy things to do, I looked at the items on today's to-do list. Although they all need to be done sometime, not one of them absolutely had to be done today. Most days I get frustrated at not finishing everything on my list yet when I think about it, the things I am fretting over are not essential.
One of my New Years resolutions from last year (and probably from the year before that) was to try to slow down, to stop rushing around frantically filling every moment. This resolution has always failed as I invariably schedule more activities than I can possibly fit into the time available, making me always busy and always rushed. So this year there is to be no list, just a resolution to think a bit more carefully about the way I plan my time, trying to concentrate on the activities are the most important. I'm not sure how I am going to do this yet, maybe getting the family to help out more or striking a few things off the list altogether.
However I tackle it, 2009 is definitely the first new year that instead of making a list of things to do, I have instead resolved to do less!