5 Sure-Fire Ways to Keep Up with Your Hobbies
By Joanne Perkins
- Plan Ahead
A little bit of planning can go a long way. Set aside some time for your hobby. Find a space in your schedule and dedicate that time to practicing your hobby. Make it a weekly thing – if you can, have two or more sessions a week where you focus entirely on your hobby. Put this dedicated time on your calendar or in your smartphone; doing this will make you more likely to stick to your plans.
- Take Advantage of Free Time
As well as planning ahead, try taking advantage of any free time. If you commute to work, for example, why not use the commute to do something for your hobby? Of course, if your hobby involves lots of materials and equipment, you won’t be able to fully practice it while en route to work. However, you can still do something: have a think about new things you can do or plan what you’re going to do the next time you practice your hobby.
- Dedicate Some Space to Your Hobby
It can help to have a bit of space dedicated to your hobby. Whatever your hobby is, have a bit of space at home, or even at work, set aside. You can use this space to practice your hobby and to store any equipment and materials you might need. Having to get your supplies out and pack them away again isn’t always ideal, so having them always out saves you a bit of time and makes you more likely to want to get wrapped up in your hobby.
- Get Others Involved
Loads of hobbies can be sociable. Having others involved can make things a lot more fun. See if anyone you know, whether it’s friends, family or colleagues, wants to get involved with what you’re doing. It’s easier for you to stick to your commitments when there’s someone you could let down. Having others involved has other benefits besides encouraging you to keep up with your hobby: you can share ideas with one another, and you can make your time even more productive by meeting up and practicing your hobby at the same time.
- Join a Class or Club
Find a local class or club that’s suitable to your hobby and join it. The main benefit of this is that it’s great at encouraging you to keep at it. Instead of you having to make time for your hobby, someone else makes that time for you. The only thing you’ve got to do is to regularly attend. Joining a class or club can really benefit you because you can learn a lot from others, you can gain useful contacts, and you can eventually even turn your hobby into a career.