What Is on Your Not-to-Do List This Year?

Real Simple readers change their tactics.

Photo by  Kate Sears

I won’t overcommit. I have weeded out all the things I have felt obliged to do in the past and have decided to participate only in the volunteering, social, and family activities that I truly want to do. Sarah Bartlett
Narragansett, Rhode Island
I’m not going to go on another diet, climb Mount Everest, learn Mandarin, make my bed every day, learn how to iron properly, or line my kitchen drawers. I will, however, overlook my husband’s inability to fold towels, take my dogs to the beach more often, and be less judgmental.
Tiffany Chu
San Francisco, California
No more e-cards for birthdays and special occasions. I’m going back to the old-fashioned paper variety that requires a pen, an envelope, and a stamp.
Angela Evans
Nashville, Tennessee
I won’t wish for the weekend on Mondays or worry about small stuff or allow things to get in the way of spending time with family. I want to enjoy every day as the gift it is.
Courtney Owen
Martinez, Georgia
I won’t let myself be consumed by things I cannot control. I’ve realized that 99 percent of my stress has come from impending “disasters” that never happened.
Casey Abate
Lake Charles, Louisiana
I will not squish, poke, curse at, or give dirty looks to the last few pounds of baby weight that I haven’t lost. Instead I’ll save that energy for creating a happy life and chasing around my beautiful redheaded toddler.
Erin Donlon
Albany, New York
Worry. As my mom has told me, worry is like rocking in a rocking chair; it gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.
Donna Robison
Ringwood, Oklahoma