Spreading Yourself Too Thin: Hobbies

Intro

Your time is valuable. It is the most valuable resource you have as it is non-renewable. Do you have enough time in the day to do everything you want to? Probably not.

Are your hobbies all over the place? Entrepreneurial ideas flowing in bulk?

If you fall into either of these two categories, you’re not alone. That’s why I’ve written this two part series that focuses on actionable methods you can use to take back your control.

This is part-one and focuses on hobbies. I'll post part-two on 8/27 and will focus on entrepreneurship.

Hobbies

Hobby:

“an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation” -Dictionary.com

Challenge

With a definition that broad, anything is a hobby. As a result, many of us develop an extensive list of them. The problem arises when that list grows so large we are no longer able to enjoy our hobbies because we don’t have enough time to get to them all.

What’s missing is a dedicated focus on just a few items to get good at them. Getting good at them achieves success, greater pleasure, and can lead to new opportunities.

Solution

Prioritize and cut.
Sit down and write a list of all your hobbies. Think about how much each one offers to your overall quality of life; a time-to-value-ratio, if you will.

Decide what’s important to you from each hobby and weigh it against the others. Maybe you like hiking and tent camping and find the skills you learn from them are very valuable to your life. Perhaps it relaxes you, teaches you survival and patience.

Maybe you like playing golf but often find it frustrates you, drains your wallet, and stresses you out. In this case, focus on camping and sell the clubs. You’re gaining so much more from camping than you are golfing and now you’ll have more time to focus on it. Take the money earned from your clubs and camp more.

Too Practical?

Maybe this is too practical a method for you and you want to do what you want to do. Go for it! The goal here is to find the time for the things that make you happy, do those things, and be happy.

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