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6 Winter Hobbies for People that Want to Stay Indoors

6 Winter Hobbies for People that Want to Stay Indoors

Winter can last for several months. If you hate the cold or simply don’t like snowboarding and skiing, then you can get cabin fever very quickly. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do keep yourself entertained until spring comes.Here are a few great hobbies that you can try without leaving your home.

1. Acrylic Painting

Painting can be a fun and therapeutic way to spend your free time. Many people get frustrated working with oil paints, because they take over a day to dry. They also can drip, which can ruin the picture. Novice painters often apply too much paint, which can ruin the picture.

Acrylic paints are better for beginners. They will dry within an hour and you don’t have to worry as much about using too much paint.

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If you are getting into acrylic painting for the first time, you may want to read this post from George Zapo. It has a number of ideas that can inspire you.

2. Scrapbooking

Do you have a lot of fond memories that you enjoy looking back on? Scrapbooking can be a great way to do that.

Go through some of your old pictures. Try to find common themes between them. You can put them together in a collage that tells a unique story. Here are some scrapbooking ideas people have tried:

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  • Recap everything that happened over the past year.
  • Create a scrapbook that reminds you of times that you struggled and persevered. You can look at it for inspiration in other difficult times.
  • Compile all of your silliest pictures. You can have fun laughing at it when you have a light-hearted get-together with your friends.
  • Put together all of the photos of your children over the years. You can use the scrapbook to document their life for years to come.

The possibilities are endless. Alida, the editor at The Realistic Mama, has a great post on scrapbooking ideas.

3. Explore New Cooking Ideas

Most people cook the same five dishes all the time. There is nothing wrong with that, but it can get monotonous after a while.

If you want to make cooking fun again, you should try some preparing some new cuisines. Here are some ideas:

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  • Try preparing cuisines from a country that you have never tried before. Most people have tried plenty of Chinese and Italian dishes, but have never eaten Jamaican, Indian or French food. It can be fun trying something new.
  • Have you seen Celebrity Chef? They usually have the participants use a “special” ingredient in their food. You may want to try making a variety of dishes with a certain staple, such as potatoes. You need to get creative to come up with a number of dishes with one ingredient.
  • Have regular pot lucks with your friends. You will taste a number of dishes that you never heard of before but may want to try making on your own.

You have to cook anyways. You might as well have some fun with it!

4. Become an “Amateur Expert”

You don’t need a Ph.D. in history to become an expert on the Russian Revolution. You don’t need to a degree in botany to learn everything you can about growing plants.

You will probably be waiting several months for the snow to thaw. You can use that time to read everything you can about a topic that fascinates you.

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5. Start a Book Club

Reading is a great past time. If you and your friends are all bookworms, then you may want to start a book club. Here are some basic things to consider:

  • Everyone can take turns recommending a book and hosting the event.
  • You will give everyone a certain time frame to read the book.
  • You can try to keep things as low-key as possible.

Your friends may encourage you to read some books that you never would have tried before. You can also find many niche book clubs on GoodReads.

6. Collect Coins

Coin collecting is a hobby that dates back at least 300 years. There are a number of great websites where you can buy a Golden Eagle and other gold coins. You may also want to follow River Cohen on Twitter to learn more about collecting gold coins.

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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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