Like a new year’s resolution to lose weight or eat healthy, some people vow to get a new hobby, but they do not stick to it. Some tips for making a hobby a regular part of life include:
- To thine own self be true. What do you like? If you like something or are already interested in something you are more likely to do it regularly.
- Why pick this hobby? Before spending a lot of time or money, ask yourself what you will get out of hiking, biking, rowing, sewing, coin collecting, etc.
- Is it active? How much activity do you want in a hobby? Should it be a sport, or a sedentary hobby like painting or reading?
- Indoors or outdoors? Do you want to write a blog? Do you want a large garden or a small window box for flowers?
- How much do you already know? Would you need to learn a lot with a certain hobby? Can you expand on something you already know how to do?
- How much does it cost? Do you need equipment, art supplies, a computer, a subscription, software, etc. for your hobby?
- Is there a way to try it out for free or at low cost first? If you think you like genealogy, do not buy an expensive subscription right away. Try a free site like FamilySearch or a free trial of a paid subscription before buying. Can you borrow someone’s camera to see if you like photography before buying your own?
- How much time will it take? How will your work in the hobby with your work, family or school schedule?
- Can someone hold you accountable? If you want to start running, can someone run with you to make you stick to it? Can you join a group of people with this hobby so everyone leans on each other?
There are websites with advice on starting and sticking to new hobbies. There are also websites for couples that want to participate in hobbies together and even a quiz to help you decide which hobby is right for you.