Everyone has hobbies they like to pursue in their spare time. Some work on model cars, watch movies, write short stories, play video games, work on real cars, etc. Everyone has their thing they like to do, but everyone struggles to find the proper time to do everything they want. Read on to learn some tips for making more time for your hobbies.
Figure Out How To Be Mobile
For many people, they can only do their hobbies at home. Anytime they’re out and about, whether driving, at work, going to the grocery store, etc., they can’t work on or think about their hobbies. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything. Consider having a hobby mindset wherever you go.
For example, if you’re into writing stories, maybe bring a little notebook with you so that you can write notes or ideas anywhere. Similarly, listen to podcasts about storytelling and being an author. Even if your hobby is mechanical, you can browse forums in your off time, watch a quick automotive YouTube video, etc. There are a lot of possibilities that you have yet to explore.
Know How To Optimize It
One of the best ways you can make more time for your hobbies is to optimize the time you have. For example, if you like working on cars, you’ll probably spend a lot of time driving to different shops and second-hand dealers looking for the correct part. Doing this can take up much of your precious time. You can do some research into this process by learning what to know when buying Toyota auto parts online. When you shop online, you are almost guaranteed to get a piece that works, and you’ll have much more time to work on your car now. Little optimizations like this can save you a lot of time.
Similarly, if you like to watch movies or play video games, you never want to spend hours trying to find the perfect thing to watch or play. Instead, you should create a playlist or watchlist, organize them by genre, and something at random. Again, it may not be something perfect for the moment, but it’s preferable to wasting hours trying to pick something.
Don’t Do It Alone
Another way to ensure you have time for your hobbies is to do them with someone. You don’t necessarily have to work with them for everything, but overall, you want to create some accountability. People are lazy creatures, and between working on their hobbies or just sitting on their phones doing nothing, people will often choose their phones. It’s noncommittal and fun, but it gets in the way of what they want to do. With a friend or loved one, you can keep each other accountable and make sure you spend less time on your butt and more time pursuing your passions.
Make more time for your hobbies by doing these simple tricks. You’ll be back to living the good life in no time. Of course, you probably still won’t have as much time for hobbies as you want, but you’ll at least have a better understanding of your time and how to make it count!
Emilie St. John is a freelance journalist who appears weekly in the Los Angeles Wave newspaper and can be reached at [email protected].