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Ten Awesome Hobbies with Unusual Benefits for Retirees

Ten Awesome Hobbies with Unusual Benefits for Retirees

After a lifetime of work, you’d think that you can enjoy a long vacation and have days filled with simple small things like having a cup of tea with your granddaughter. If you’re not already there, I should warn you about what’s coming. You’ll eventually get bored.

If you don’t have a hobby of your own, this would be a nice chance to mark the new era of your life with a new activity. However, you should take other things into consideration, because there are hobbies you can pick up that are not just entertaining, but highly beneficial in different areas of life.

1. Fishing

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    A healthy dose of sun exposure will get you some vitamin D that keeps your bones healthy and what better way to sunbathe than to go fishing. Besides this, you should also know that fishing helps with stress relief; being in nature far from the toxic city air and traffic noise will help you calm down and clear your thoughts. Spending time in nature will significantly improve your focus, and depending on the success of your adventure you might end up with a nutritious meal.

    2. Knitting

    The dynamic, repetitive movements necessary for you to create a knit piece place you in the present moment which means your mind isn’t concerned about what will happen in the future. This kind of relaxation helps lower your heart rate and blood pressure so that your stress levels will be significantly decreased. The equipment necessary for knitting is inexpensive, so if you decide to go with knitting you’ll have a cheap way to express your creativity and perhaps discover a hidden talent.

    3. Blogging

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      Years of life experience imply you have something to share with the world and you definitely should. Your words of wisdom will find those who need guidance. The whole starting process isn’t at all difficult. You need to find a nice website template that’s in harmony with your niche and the topics you write about, so read up on different hosting options and get good support to begin your writing. If you stick to blogging you can even earn some extra cash. Just be persistent.

      4. Astronomy

      Now you have enough time to learn everything you always wanted, and learning about the mysteries of our world and our universe might just be the most interesting subject you could find. Considering the fact that astronomy requires only observation and patience, you’ll be able to spend some quiet time in nature while learning about the constellations and their secrets.

      5. Pottery

      The great thing about this creative hobby is that it is a form of exercise requiring you to move your hands, arms, and joints in a gentle way. Also, it’s a great way to socialize as you can meet interesting people in these classes, yet there’s no pressure for you to make small talk; you can just enjoy a few blissful moments of silence. Besides, pottery is very useful if you are any good at it; you can create various objects for your home and for your loved ones.

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      6. Dancing

      Active retired people having fun, happy old man and woman dancing latin american dance in patio

        You’re never too old for a good dance. You’ll have a lot of fun and I’m sure it will remind you of your vibrant and colorful twenties. So, sign up for a class you find suitable and I’m sure you’ll share some laughs.

        7. Restoring Furniture

        If carpentry is among your areas of expertise, I think it’s time to invest your time into this fulfilling hobby. My suggestion is to start learning about it by restoring pieces of furniture around the house and then move on to more difficult projects. Take your time, work at your own pace, and I’m sure you’ll be able to earn some money along the way.

        8. Animal Care

        Taking care of any kind of animal will fulfill you and make you feel loved and needed. Pets do provide a source of unconditional love and you can have a lot of fun with them. If you’re up for something a bit more exciting, you should go with an exotic animal. You’ll be eager to learn about it and it’s a great conversation starter.

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        9. Travel

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          Getting to know other cultures and learning about ways of foreign nations is a type of soul food that can’t be replaced with watching documentaries and reading. It’s not even close. Money shouldn’t be a concern if you plan everything in advance and do some serious research. You will be able to create travel arrangements that fit your budget and your preferences.

          10. Volunteering

          Fighting for an important cause is a powerful source of inspiration and your retirement is a great time to give something back to the world. I’m sure you’ll be able to find an organization that’s in need of assistance in no time. Volunteers are always needed, so go out there and make our world a better place!
          I’m sure you’d enjoy several of these options, but it’s up to you and your areas of interest to make the final decision. Have in mind that none of these are obligatory, so you can be preoccupied with one hobby until you get saturated and then move on to the next one.

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          Last Updated on September 16, 2019

          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

          You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

          We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

          The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

          Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

          1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

          Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

          For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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          • (1) Research
          • (2) Deciding the topic
          • (3) Creating the outline
          • (4) Drafting the content
          • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
          • (6) Revision
          • (7) etc.

          Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

          2. Change Your Environment

          Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

          One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

          3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

          Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

          Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

          My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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          Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

          4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

          If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

          Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

          I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

          5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

          I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

          Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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          As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

          6. Get a Buddy

          Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

          I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

          7. Tell Others About Your Goals

          This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

          For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

          8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

          What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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          9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

          If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

          Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

          10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

          Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

          Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

          11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

          At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

          Reality check:

          I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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