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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 November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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