We know what you’re thinking — what do you mean *find a new hobby*? For many of us, CHAARG is our one + only *hobby* ++ on top of college or a 9-to-5 job, there’s little time for anything else. But we’re here to set the record straight — you CAN make time for additional hobbies, even if you think every single minute of your day is accounted for. Hobbies are just another way to engage in + experience *me time* + they should never feel overwhelming or complicated — in fact, they’re meant to be the exact opposite!
We’re ready to figure out exactly how to find [*ahem* — make!] the time for our new hobbies + how to keep them going. Join us — take a seat, grab your planner//day schedule, + a notebook! #LEDDODIS
ASSESS YOUR CALENDAR + MAKE THE TIME. //
The number one thing holding us back from exploring new hobbies? Precious time. There never seems to be *enough*. So, crack open your calendar + skim through the past few weeks. How much free time did you have? ++ how did you actually spend it? Now, plan out your next week + make sure you include all important meetings, classes, workouts, etc. Highlight everything else. This is your *me time* + also, the perfect opportunity to try out new things! If it helps [it does for us!], literally schedule this *me time* into your calendar in blocks of 30 minutes, an hour, [whatever you have + need] on a regular basis.
The first step in practicing new hobbies is to make time, not find it. For me, that can sometimes mean waking up an hour earlier to practice my hobbies at home, making sure I always take advantage of my long morning commute, + learning to love the power of Sundays — my favorite day to knock out personal, creative time. It’s often hard to realize what we can do with even just an hour, but 60 minutes can often be the perfect amount of time to escape + delve deep into a personal hobby!
++ as you begin creating this time for your creative self, it’s also important to define any personal *hobby killers* — or what can get in your way from digging deep into your more productive interests. Common *hobby killers* like social media, binge watching Netflix // TV, + sleeping in may seem harmless at first, but when frequently stacked onto your daily + weekly schedule, they can quickly + easily take over all of your available free time. Make a conscious effort to say no to these!
TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO WRITE DOWN THREE HOBBIES YOU’VE BEEN WANTING TO TRY OUT OR REINTRODUCE INTO YOUR LIFESTYLE. //
We challenge you to explore at least one *creative* hobby [like writing//blogging, painting, jewelry-making, cooking//baking, etc]. Your other two hobbies can be anything else — anything you’ve been wanting to do, but just haven’t made the time for. [My hobbies are reading as much as possible, meditating, + you guessed it — blogging ; )].
Remember, having a hobby is all about implementing a new behavior, ++ it’s totally okay to start small! Instead of trying to practice all three of your new hobbies each + every day, start with your favorite one + create that *hobby time* a few days a week. My favorite hobby [researching + creating content for the CHAARG blog] grew from smaller, everyday interests of constantly reading other health//fitness blogs + of course, always following all things *CHAARG* ; ). ++ before I knew it, I was bookmarking topics for future posts, researching new fitness trends for college students + post-grads, ++ finally made the decision to apply + join #TeamCHAARG — which has continued to evolve from a smaller creative hobby into a huge part of my personality + daily lifestyle. So, trust me on this one — you’ll soon find that the hobbies you love the most will begin making their way into your daily schedule without much effort at all!
UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR HOBBIES CAN DO FOR YOU. //
Finally, to really make your new hobbies stick + remain a consistent part of your day-to-day, it’s important to understand what they do for us. While pretty obvious, being able to explore new interests helps us rediscover our creative side, ++ for many of us, that’s not something we’ve done since high school! On top of that, we get to take ownership over our work. When you’re creating something entirely new + unique to yourself, you strengthen + deepen a level of self-esteem + confidence that can’t be found in rest of your day’s schedule. ++ last, but definitely not least, hobbies help release stress, allowing you to take a break from the chaotic lifestyle that often comes with college or post-grad adulting. Hobbies are a good reminder to step back + see the big picture — because you should always have time to do the things that you love.
What hobbies are you most excited to try out? Share your three with us in the comments below!
+ Jessica [@jessicasmith_inchaarg] // VirtCHAARG NYC