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10 April 2016

How I Make Time for Hobbies

I tend to live by the philosophy that there's enough time in life for just about anything you truly want to do. Granted, adult life and its accompanying responsibilities sure tend to take up a good chunk of time, so one learns to be efficient in its use. These days, my favorite "just for fun" activities are reading, writing/blogging, crafting, and spending time with Angel and my family.

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Reading

I read a lot of books, quickly. I rarely spend a long time reading, although an afternoon reading session with a good snack is the ultimate in relaxation for me. Most of the time, I read while I eat breakfast, while I brush my teeth, while I'm in bed waiting for Angel to get out of the shower, while I'm a passenger in the car, or when I take the kids to the park. For me, the usual consumption method is short periods of time that would otherwise be spent without much mental energy being used.

Writing/Blogging

Usually done in the early morning before anyone else wakes up. I don't like to be on my computer when Angel's home, unless he's working on lesson plans and I'm supposed to be avoiding being a distraction. I typically do a lot of writing either early in the mornings or on Sunday afternoons while he's at work.

Crafting

I do comparatively little crafting, but when I do, I do it while watching a tv show with Angel. Combining quality time with something I can make with my hands is just about perfection, for me. These days, crafts of choice are coloring and cross-stitch, since both require low investment and few materials.

Learning

Granted, I haven't been placing much emphasis on my own continuing education lately, but with our upcoming trip to Japan and the fact that I no longer use Mandarin daily, I have been regularly working on my Japanese and Chinese language skills. Sometimes, cooking dinner means a solid half hour of prep work, so I'll bring my laptop into the kitchen and play language podcasts or videos while I wash and chop veggies and get that work done. It helps the kitchen work time go by faster and it's a good way to squeeze in a little language work into a busy day.

How do you make time for your hobbies?

28 comments :

  1. I'm with you on their being enough time for anything a person really wants to make time for. There's an old poem about a Roman soldier who said, "I'll find a way or make it." I find it pretty humorous (and also frustrating) listening to people make excuses for not doing things--to me, if they don't do something it's because they don't want to. Enjoyed hearing how you make time for everything.

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  2. I agree that there is enough time for anthing you want to do. We just have to make time to do the things we want to do and stop procastinating. Happy Monday, Rachel!

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  3. Reading is one I try to make more time for. I always have a book in my purse...never know when you'll be stuck waiting somewhere!

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  4. I am currently trying to make time for my hobbies. I love to read and need more time to actually do it. One way I make time to do things is by actually penciling them into my planner. That makes me more accountable. Have a great week!

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  5. We absolutely make time for what's important to us. We have restrictions/responsibilities, etc, but we get to pick what we do with our free time.

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  6. I definitely squeeze hobbies in during those short time periods. I really like to read at night when my husband is watching a show I'm not crazy about!

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  7. Reading Jessica Turner's The Fringe Hours was a real game changer when it came to this concept. I was always under the impression that if I wanted to scrapbook or craft or read I needed a full afternoon. And while I definitely still prefer to spend large chunks of time doing something I realize that I don't NEED large chunks of time. I can work on a scrapbook layout for 30 minutes before I leave for work. Or read a chapter of a book when I have 15 minutes before I have to leave the house.

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  8. I enjoyed your post. I'm also working on getting back into making time for my preferred hobbies. I knit in the evenings, while watching TV and work on blog posts when I'm up early before hubby wakes up.

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  9. I love reading and blogging! Anything to do with words really - they are my favourite! Good post though, id recommend all you've mentioned here ☺

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  10. Gosh, hobbies are so important! Writing has fallen to the wayside lately because life just seems to get busier and busier. But I spend a LOT of time writing. I color sometimes when I have to make countless phone calls at work, and I listen to several podcasts a day. Perks of the office life. :)

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  11. Those are great hobbies. It is important to take time for yourself.

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  12. Hobbies really are important! You go girl for being so good at making time for it all. I need to be better at that for sure!

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  13. Hobbies and making time for yourself are really important! I have made it a point this year to really focus on carving out time for me to get away and do something creative. It has really helped me manage my stress.

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  14. I think it is so important to make time for yourself and your hobbies. This has been a struggle for me this past year as I transitioned from full time college student to full time nurse. I felt like I had more time for hobbies in college even with the homework but that's because I always made time! Now after work I'm just tired - I am working on this and always try to find time to sew or read.

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  15. oh YES i am all about crafting! it's such a sense of relief, calm and satisfaction i get from it. though it's not necessarily a craft - i picked up a puzzle and it was so satisfying to find the piece and put them in their proper place!

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  16. Yes! I love crafting! I'm on this huge ornament kick right now and I do it a lot in the evening!

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  17. Im a book worm. I read though books and whole series in days. Its awful. But I am also stay at home and can't drive, so I have a lot of time on my hands. I would love to pick up a few more hobbies other than writing, but I kinda just read...all the time! LOL

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  18. It's so important to make time (e.g. prioritise!) for the things we love. I read every chance I get - eating breakfast, while cleaning my teeth - and it really relaxes me. I love blogging and have to set aside specific time to do that otherwise I can get a wee bit caught up!

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  19. Thanks for sharing your insights with us! I'm struggling with trying to be intentional in how I use my time for personal passions and pursuits. I think you're right that we make time for what we enjoy. I do most of my reading and/or blogging in the evenings after the kids are in bed while my husband works on homework. As a working mom of two, it feels like there's not enough time in the day for everything!

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  20. As for reading, the best way I can get some books read is to read them on my Kindle app. Because I always have my phone. So I can read at the doctor's office or while I'm falling asleep (that way I don't need to keep our room light on). Reading e-books is also the only way I can read when my toddler is playing because if he jumps on me I won't loose my page HA
    I like your idea to include learning into your day. I need to do more of that. I used to listen to informational podcasts a lot but fell out of that for awhile, I should get into that habit again and listen to them in the car.

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  21. I used to read so much but college kind of ruined that for me. I really would like to get back into it. The goal is less Netflix, more reading! It's so hard though...

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  22. I completely agree that you can usually make time for whatever is important to you. I try to get Gracie involved in as many chores as I can despite her age, so when she's napping or in bed at night I can have time to read/relax/catch up on a show/work out. It's been a huge help for me.

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  23. Such an inspiring post! I think it's so important to have hobbies and activities you love doing outside of work. My main hobbies are music, reading, and hiking and I try my best to fit them in as much as possible although it can hard sometimes! :)

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  24. Not a lot of time for hobbies for me, during my son's nap if I let my daughter watch TV, hard with two little ones :)

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  25. I really like that philosophy (it's how I live my life too! :D!)! I usually do my blogging late at night, hehe. :D I miss reading/crafting/music! I've been doing a little more reading lately, but hopefully once my hand finally heals, I'll be able to do the latter two and start lifting weights (heh, another favorite hobby <3) again! *-*

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  28. I agree with you on there being time for the things we make time for. I try really hard not to say "oh, I didn't have time..." because the truth was that usually I didn't make time. I love exercise and I love to read. So I do those things in tandem at the gym. I do my ab work out and lift weights, then I hop on a treadmill and walk at a brisk pace while I read. I get in an hour of reading every day that way. :) Blogging happens in spurts. Usually during nap time for the little girl I nanny, but sometimes at random hours of the day or night (like for example, Christopher hopped in the shower so I'm catching up on your blog now). :)

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