One of the reasons I want to shift my defaults is to eliminate time-wasters so I can focus on pursuing bigger ideas and projects. As we all know, there are only 24 hours in a day. If I am going to prioritize creativity, I need to let something else go. There are some obvious areas to reduce that don't require much of a trade-off--time spent scrolling social media, for example--but that alone will not open up the hours I need.
After some thought about what could give, I decided to stop working out at the gym. I have six hours every week of childcare (HP in preschool, E in the gym daycare) and those are my only uninterrupted daytime hours to work during the week. I used to split that time between writing, reading, and taking an exercise class. Now I am using that time exclusively for writing and podcast related projects.
Being active and healthy are still important to me and I am not giving up exercise altogether. One of the benefits of being car-free is that walking and biking are incorporated into my everyday life. That alone does not keep me in the best shape of my life, but it does allow me to maintain a baseline level of fitness. Hauling sixty-five pounds of kids in the bucket bike up the hills of Bloomington is no joke!
I will miss the challenge of a good group fitness class, but I know there will be time to come back to it. Eventually I want to find a regular gym routine again, but at this stage of life it is more important to me to find time to write and create instead of always letting those be the things that get pushed aside.
Here's to writing, podcasting, and prioritizing creative work!