One thing that I’ve been trying to do lately is make more time for hobbies. I’ve been getting back into physical crafting, including laser engraving, 3D printing, and painting minis. I’ve also started things like taking classes on using Blender, a 3D modeling and animation tool. It’s confusing to open the app up and see buttons and toolbars everywhere, with icons that I’ve never encountered before. Having someone walk through them and show which ones are important to start with is a huge help.
I don’t always feel fulfilled when it comes to work. I often feel stuck, knowing that I could be doing more, but not sure where and how to actually put my focus. Making time for my hobbies can often make me feel a bit guilty. How can I play a video game when I have a todo list to get to?!?
This is a toxic mindset to have. Study after study show that play is pretty much the most valuable and useful thing that humans can do, including in pursuit of productivity. It’s good to spend some time on the things that are fun, and they help you to grow and learn in ways that tackling boring work-for-pay cannot.
I’ve gotta make sure that I don’t allow hobbies to bleed too much into work as well. For example, I’ve started printing cubone skull earrings, and have considered setting up a shop to sell things like that. It’s not a bad idea to help pay for the hobby tools, but I’m going to be careful not to turn it into another job that I hate 😅
Do you have any hobbies that you’ve recently gotten back to, or want to start soon? Reply to this email, because I want to see it!