The other day, as I was working through my to do list in the precious after work hours, I took a second to think about the task I was working on, wondering if it really was a priority (I question if it was now, because I can’t remember what I was doing). My love of goals and priorities has me constantly thinking through how I’m spending my time. And got me thinking about what I don’t do in order to make time for what I do do.
I came up with a list of four things that I let go of, three intentionally and one that just dawned on me as I thought about this for the first time.
I don’t do my hair. This is a bit of an embarrassment to admit and something I never even thought about until now. You’ve probably already realized this from the weeks of me sharing daily outfits during the Style Me Challenges. I get my haircut probably three or four times a year and I wash my hair every 2 to 3 days using baking soda and apple cider vinegar. And that’s the extent of my hair care regiment. On days that I wash my hair, I take a few minutes to blow dry it. And then, nearly everyday, it gets thrown into a ponytail or a messy bun and that’s just how it is. Maybe I should care more, but of all the things I would like to conquer in this lifetime, having great hair isn’t one of them.
I don’t clean my house. Unlike my hair, house cleaning actually does get done, but we outsource. From 2011, when Greg and I got engaged and moved in to is condo, we have had a monthly house cleaner. Mostly for two reasons, the first being that my husband is much neater than I am. Having someone else being responsible for the cleaning means he doesn’t have to keep on me (as much) to clean up after myself, and we avoid potential arguments. Additionally, Greg’s travel schedule is pretty intense and we prefer to spend our weekends together doing family things versus worrying about cleaning the house.
I don’t watch (very much) TV. I quickly realized post-school that if I wanted to keep my full-time job, try to build a business, spend time with my family and friends, and have some time to craft, TV could not be a part of the equation. Greg and I do enjoy watching one or two shows together, and typically we watch on Friday night and maybe Sunday. We tend to watch one show at a time, usually something that’s at least three or four years old, and finish it through all the seasons. Right now we’re on Burn Notice. We watch a few comedies, but we cut back this year when we realized we were watching shows we didn’t think were funny anymore just because they were in the queue. I also watch Scandal, catching up on a few weeks worth of episodes while I am working on a quilt (and while Greg is out of town, he’s got no love for Olivia Pope). I knit while we watch TV together, otherwise I get really antsy and can’t sit there for very long. I am not one of those people that finds TV relaxing and I absolutely can’t watch any shows that are suspenseful or dark.
I don’t go to a gym. This one makes me a little sad, as I love the camaraderie of group classes, getting to know the people that attend the same days and times you do. However, going to a class takes time to drive to the location, get there a little early, and stay a little late. It also makes working out less flexible as you’re tied to specific class times. Right now I’m doing a lot of walking and I have a Barre3 online membership that I’m trying to get back to using more often (they have awesome prenatal online classes!). I do go to prenatal yoga once a week on Thursday evenings. It’s a commitment, but I enjoy being in a space with other women experiencing the same thing as me so it makes it worth it.
What do you not do?