How to have a true hobby, not a side hustle
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Creating a website or learning to code may seem like an attractive choice for a hobby, but if you find yourself losing hours to your devices, pick an activity that's not screen-based.
Screen time has been linked to depression and anxiety. Phones interfere with our ability to focus. Engaging in active or outdoor hobbies like bird watching, ballroom dancing, or hiking can improve engagement in a hobby.
Many people might want a hobby but don't feel they have enough time. However, we may have more time than we think.
According to the 2019 Bureau of Labor and Statistics Survey, Americans have about five hours of leisure time per day and use about half those hours for screentime.
The problem with finding a hobby is that we feel our "free" time must involve the pursuit of self-improvement or money. However, making time for non-essential activities is essential as leisure can improve mental and physical wellbeing.
When starting a hobby, people often make the mistake of choosing something aspirational rather than something they'll actually enjoy.
It's important to be realistic. Find something you truly enjoy. If you want to try something totally new, start small to keep it manageable. Enlist friends in the effort to break down the barriers to entry.
Earning a part-time income may overlap with our interests, but it’s important to develop hobbies with no financial motives attached. The pleasure of engaging in a hobby should be enough without the added stress of deadlines, demands, and accommodation.
A hobby disconnected from your career will likely still improve your work life. Leisure time not only helps refuel us for a busy work life but engaging in deep focus helps us to become better at focusing.
Whether you’re moving to a new city, moving into a new apartment, or meeting new coworkers, the change can be a good time to spark a change in your routine.
Ask yourself if you should work at the cafe down the street or in your apartment? When do you exercise, and where? How often do you go out with friends?
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