Modern adult life is full of productivity. Productivity at work that leads to a promotion or other recognition. Productivity in raising your children that leads to good grades, popularity, and having raised a well-rounded capable human being. Productivity at the gym as you lift more weight or on the sports field as you play your part in your team’s victories. We elevate productivity to a status where it seems you can only justify activity of there is productivity at its root.
And all that productivity is exactly why you need to have a hobby.
Because a hobby, by its very nature, is about doing something simply for pleasure with no expectation of productivity. or outcomes. Might you create something? Yes. A colorful painting or other craft. A growing stack of books you’ve completed. But not a painting with the expectation of selling it. Not reading books to further your education, but rather books you read purely for enjoyment.
Spending time in a hobby offers you a host of benefits.
Tapping Into Creativity
Hobbies offer you the opportunity to be creative. Painting, coloring, drawing, knitting, cross-stitching, growing flowers, the list goes on and on. When you spend time being creative regularly, it reduces stress, deepens your sense of self-awareness and self-expression, and helps you to become a better problem solver
Doing Something with that Me-Time
Many women struggle with the idea of taking me-time. Not because they don’t think it’s valuable, but because they have no idea what to do with the gift of 15 minutes a day to themselves. A hobby is a great opportunity to fill up that time. When you take regular me-time, you build up your sense of self-worth. Building your self-worth while having fun sounds like a great idea to me!
Boost Your Confidence
This might sound strange, but practicing a hobby can boost your confidence. As you notice your painting improving, complete a complex project, or notice how much easier it is to master those dance steps that seemed so foreign a few months ago, it gives you a boost. When you feel more capable in your hobby, that capacity can translate to other parts of your life too.
Choose Your Hobby
I’m always surprised by the number of people who say things like “I’ve always wanted to learn to become a photographer” or “I used to love to paint, but I don’t do it anymore”. What I’ve learned from this is that you probably already know what hobby you would love to spend time in…if you only had the time.
Give yourself permission to indulge in the complete non-productivity of a hobby. Pull out a coloring book and markers and color while you’re watching the latest episode of your favorite show. Make time to paint on a Sunday afternoon. Knit another square for a quilt while you’re riding the train to work. The time you spend on your hobby doesn’t need to be long and grand…just some time for you every week.
What hobby are you going to pick up? Or tap back into?