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how to find a hobby you can actually keep up

03 Sep 2018
The older we become, the less free time we have. We become inundated with stresses, whether it’s studying, work, relationships or finance. We tend to neglect our wellbeing, forgetting to channel time and energy into things that we actually like.

We dedicate too much time towards our daily routine; we forget our passions and the importance of learning new skills. But finding a hobby and nurturing your interests is so rewarding, it makes you realise your capabilities and allows you to take time out from the rat race, and pursue something you truly enjoy.

So rather than complaining that finding a new hobby and maintaining one is too much effort, we’ve put together a couple of ways to stop the excuses and get pro-active.

Find Time And Make Time

First of all, find time during your busy schedule to dedicate towards your new hobby. Are you a morning or an evening person? Do you like proactive weekends, or do you prefer to dedicate your time to rest? Organising your schedule will help you to determine when you can prioritise your new activity of

If you are trying to squash a cooking class into a day of work, fitness and social time, I guarantee you that your leisurely cooking class will become bottom of the priority list. So find that extra pocket of time and dedicate yourself to that time.

It takes 21 days to make a habit, or so they say, so don't throw the towel in straight away, allow yourself time to make your hobby a habit and understand that this time is not wasted.

Work Out What You Like

So you have decided you’re gonna’ dedicate time out of your busy schedule to dedicate to a hobby. Now, if you want to pursue this hobby longer than two weeks, make sure you find something that you’re legitimately interested in – this is vital. Finding something that you’re genuinely passionate about, or at least like, is going to help you maintain your dedication towards it.

There is absolutely no point spending Sunday mornings at a boxing class if you party on Saturdays and have no interest in sport. Work out how you spend your week. Love lazing around the house on Sunday arvos, yet love a bit of travel? Great, take up learning a new language. It’s the sort of hobby that is therapeutic, yet challenging and most definitely rewarding.

Find Something That Involves Like-Minded People

Not everyone enjoys an individualised hobby. Maybe you prefer group situations; you like having someone to motivate you, or you prefer to chat with people that share your passions and interests.

A group hobby is probably the perfect thing for you then. So say you decide to give lawn bowls a go, but it’s not the actual bowls that keep you coming back, and it’s more than the fact that you can pair the activity with some good banter and chats – well maybe it’s the people that motivate you? That’s absolutely perfect.

It means your hobby provides you with an outlet to meet and interact with new like-minded people and allows you to engage in a fun and welcoming environment.

Bonus points if you actually become an ace lawn bowler.

Think Outside The Box

Define what a ‘hobby’ is for you. Is it something physical and tangible? Do you need to set aside time for it? Is it something you can do with a group? Do you have to pay for it?

Of course the go to ideas for hobbies are sports, crafts or even photography, but that doesn't have to be it. You might become an avid podcast listener, or start a documentary club with friends where you meet to watch and discuss the latest wildlife film about the Amazon. Get creative.

That extra time you spend finding something that caters to you and your lifestyle, the more likely you are to maintain it.