One resolution people make at the start of any New Year is to drastically improve their health and well-being, which includes their work-life balance. While there are many different ways to make things better professionally (such as workplace flexibility, taking some much needed PTO, and making some adjustments to your responsibilities), one option that is often overlooked is choosing to take on a hobby during your personal time.
Turns out Americans only feel compelled to take on something additional if it brings in an income. Because of this mindset, Americans do not have an activity they indulge in for pure enjoyment, making “down-time” an impossibility. The Case for Having a Hobby Without the Side Hustle confirms this, stating that, “There are hundreds of articles out there on how to turn your hobby into a money-making side hustle. You probably know someone with an Etsy shop. Maybe someone has even suggested you open one. But is it worth it? Can a hobby just be a hobby?”
The truth is, having a hobby that is not linked to financial gain is beneficial for a person’s overall well being, with studies finding, “…those who engage in physical leisure activities for at least 20 minutes once a week are less susceptible to fatigue…” with other research confirming “…enjoyable activities performed during leisure time were associated with lower blood pressure, total cortisol, waist circumference, and body mass index, and perceptions of better physical function. Such activities were also correlated with higher levels of positive psychosocial states and lower levels of depression and negative effect.”
There are three excuses that most Americans use when it comes to hobbies: I don’t have the time, I don’t have the space, and I don’t have the money. Sound familiar? Well, no more! If you want to make some positive changes, these simple tips can help!
Finding the time: Make a list of your essential activities, and the time you spend doing things that quite frankly aren’t. See if there is any way to streamline your daily schedule – providing you some much needed free time. Believe it or not, you have more time than you think if you take a step back from the busyness and reassess your week.
Finding the space: If space is genuinely an issue, consider renting a local self-storage unit to store sports equipment, art supplies, memorabilia , etc… securely, without damage. You can even use a storage unit as a location to work, serving as an art studio, repair shop, craft center and more! With various sizes (and climate control) available, finding a storage facility that meets your needs (and budget) is a breeze.
Finding the money: You have two options here-working a side hustle to gain some extra funds (which doesn’t sound like much fun), or taking a long and hard look at your finances, to determine where you can make some changes. As a rule of thumb, breaking your monthly income into percentages (50% towards necessities, 30% towards wants, and 20% towards savings/or debt) can help you put aside money each month for the things you want to do.
Let 2021 be your best year yet! By reassessing your schedule, renting a self-storage unit nearby, and sticking to a budget, you can finally take on some hobbies you enjoy – for pleasure – not business! In the words of Pulitzer Prize winning children’s author Phyllis McGiney, “A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.”