Over the past few months, I've worked diligently to shed various responsibilities that had become overwhelming. I've gotten away from doing two club newsletters (one a 4- to 6-pager, the other a 16- to 24-pager) and I'm considering resigning a board seat. I still have club duties (I'm VP of one club right now and on a committee that will have a big project coming up in the spring), but the day-to-day stuff has been brought under control nicely.
Right now I'm current on paying my bills, my extracurricular work for my dad is within shouting distance of being caught up, and I can look forward to a time when someone could spontaneously call me up and invite me to dinner that night, and I could say, "Sure, my calendar's open!"
I'm positive that all of this benefits me in my regular work as well. It's a lot easier for me to be creative and spontaneous in my job when I don't have tons of extra projects lurking in the "after six" area of my calendar every day.
The only responsibility I've taken on lately that I don't resent at all is this blog. Sure, I worry that it isn't always completely fascinating every day (take today, for instance!), but as an exercise in daily writing I think it's been very valuable. Now that I have a little free time, who knows what I could accomplish? I'll leave my mark on the world yet...or maybe just watch more TV.