Was one your New Year’s resolutions to take up a new hobby? In our busy lives, which seem to be filled with work obligations and taking care of our families, it’s important to do something we love doing. Many of us think that hobbies are a waste of time as they aren’t making us money. But, this doesn’t have to be the case. Here are some ways to get the most out of your new hobby.
Focus on the Process
We tend to gravitate to things we’re good at, but instead, try something you’re interested in. You don’t have to be amazing at it to truly enjoy it. If you’re having trouble thinking of a hobby to start, think back to what you enjoyed doing as a kid.
Hold Yourself Accountable
Start by putting aside time in your day or during your week for your hobby. If there’s a class available, sign up for it because once you put down a financial investment, keeping to it becomes more real. You’ll also meet people who have similar interests to you which is a great way to make new friends.
Look at it as Self-Care
Many people have trouble making time for themselves as they view it as selfish. Instead, view your hobby as a time when you can take care of yourself, so you’ll be more available to others.
Don’t View it as a Side-Job
When you become really good at something, whether it’s writing, singing, or cooking, it’s easy to view it as a means for earning money. A hobby should be something that you love doing and that brings you joy. Removing the pressure of trying to make money is freeing.