Five ways to make more time for hobbies

Five ways to make more time for hobbies

Free up more time for doing the things you love – it’s more important than you think.

Wasn’t life supposed to be easier by now? And yet many of us find ourselves just as busy as ever. Which means we don’t always get the time for our hobbies. Yet, apart from being great fun, hobbies are great for our health too, providing a slice of responsibility-free time that refreshes body and mind. Hobbies also give you a chance to develop new skills, discover hidden talents and keep your mind busy. So far, so convincing, but there aren’t twenty-five hours in the day, right? Which is where our seven tips to create time come in.

1. Make a list of what really matters to you

Take the time to sit down and make a very short list – no more than five things – of the things that are most important to you. Make sure you include a hobby. These are the things you need to prioritise and make time for.

2. Make a list of your time-wasters

It’s something of an irony that even the busiest amongst us tend to fritter away quite a bit of time. That TV programme you just flicked to that you don’t really love, aimless surfing the net… you know the stuff. These are the things that have to go. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that time spent doing nothing is wasted time though. We all need time to relax – just not to ‘lose’ countless minutes on things that we’re not really that bothered about. Especially when those minutes could be spent rock climbing, cake decorating, playing the piano…

3. Save time on chores

Everyone has to do chores, but it’s worth looking to see if they’re getting more time in your schedule than they need to. Could you spend less time on the housework, for example? Even if that does mean silencing your inner perfectionist? Check out our tips for a speedy house clean.  One thing that’s definitely worth doing is making sure you’ve got the right kit. Ariel 3in1 Pods will lift stains, clean and brighten to get perfect results first time. Don’t forget to delegate some of the chores too!

4. Learn to say No

A lot of women find it very hard to say No. But consider this: every minute you spend at the social event you didn’t really want to go to or doing yet another favour for someone who doesn’t really deserve it, is time ‘stolen’ from doing what you want to do. Saying No is an art. Be polite but firm and don’t offer lots of excuses. Above all, be confident. Time is something you can’t get back, so it makes sense to spend it wisely.

5. Cut out distractions

The modern world’s obsession with being ‘connected’ at all times has a lot to answer for. Make sure you carve out some time each day when you go ‘off grid’. That Facebook post will still be there tomorrow and you’ll have had a nice uninterrupted chunk of time to spend on your hobby (or even just put your feet up with a cup of tea!). What are your hobbies and how do you make time for them? What about the things you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t got round to yet? Let us know in the comments box below.

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Karen 20/07/2017

Don't have one ,feels like there is no time,like art but to expensive


Vivienne 08/06/2017

I have recently stopped work and spent hours and hours cleaning,washing etc..I found I needed something of a hobby too. Ive now started making simple jewellery. I have got stalls booked at craft fairs and now busy making candles and small cushions..Im enjoying my challenges and making a little money but the biggest bonus is I,m out there mixing with the world again.☺

Hobbies are Positive

alison 27/05/2017

Owing to health issues I can no longer work but on good days I can use my time to make cards. These are sold at charity fundraising events. More recently I have started volunteering my time to help vulnerable adults make their own cards. The organisation organising these groups reward us with time credits allowing me to go to exhibitions and days out that I would not be able to go to with my limited finances. This hobby has given me a positive outlook on life and that has got to be good.

a little heaven

diane 22/04/2017

I retired with my husband 2 years ago to Little Hereford.I am having a busy but wonderful time in retirement ,and never thought that I would meet o many nice people in one place

Woodworking topics

Phillip 16/04/2017

Just out of interest do you have anything to do with woodworking carpentry etc please

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