7. Limit the List. We constantly say we have too much to do, while we continue adding to our to-do list. So start limiting your list.  Plan open space in your schedule by refusing to book every time slot. Reschedule appointments into a less busy week if you can see the overload coming. Prioritize the few people that matter most in your life and let them have the appointments over others who haven't yet earned your time. Psalm 90:12 says, "Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." If you realize you have limited days on this earth, you will be more careful to spend them wisely. Limit your list by focusing on the few things that matter most in life: your relationship with God, your responsibility to care for what He's given you, and the legacy you will leave behind for those you love.

8. Toss the Trash. Is there something in your life that's harming you or others? If so, you probably already know what it is. An unhealthy addiction? A  tendency to gossip? An attitude that is critical more than it is helpful? Maybe it's just something that distracts you from doing what you really need to do. There's no better time than now to just toss it. If your new year's resolution was unsuccessful by mid-January, make it your Spring Challenge and start living lightly and freely.

Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and the author of several books, including When Women Walk Alone, When Women Long for Rest, and When You're Running on Empty, from which this article is adapted. For more on her books or for free resources to strengthen your soul and lighten your load, see www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.

Publication date: April 10, 2012