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6 Creative and Fulfilling Hobbies to Take Up After the Holidays

6 Creative and Fulfilling Hobbies to Take Up After the Holidays

As the year 2016 is comes to an end, it is about that time to start thinking of new year’s resolutions. Of course, there is no need to go to the extreme of saying “new year, brand new me.” Perhaps you just need to try something that would help with self-improvement. Basically, you can take up a new hobby and start to add a new skill to your resume.

Pick something that is fulfilling and that can help you grow in a direction you wish, this way it will be fun learn. Here is a list of hobbies that you can try, or at least use as inspiration to find something you’ll gladly master. All of these hobbies can also help you earn a living, so you do not have to consider them as a waste of time but as a personal investment.

1. DIY

You can become addicted to DIY projects, which basically translate to craftsmanship. You learn how to create furniture out of items you don’t use, or garden decorations, or any sort of accessory. These are really popular and they give you a chance to add a unique touch to your home. Moreover, you can start creating jewelry or ornaments, since these are sold on etsy for good price.

When you are honing your skills and researching, you are improving your coordination, your creativity, and also learning how to fix various things without relying on a handyman. Also, it gives you a good skill set to build a tree house or something else your children will enjoy. So in a way, it is a skill that can also contribute to quality family time.

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Just pick something you find interesting and that you would like to master and start searching for tutorials. It is a good skill to know and a wonderful hobby, so there is no way you can go wrong with this.

2. Photography

    Can you be patient and wait for a perfect moment to capture something majestic? Do you love visiting different places and traveling? Then photography is a hobby you will enjoy. Bear in mind however that the more you commit, the harder it will get. You’ll start to learn photo manipulation, you will start to save money for better equipment, and you most definitely become a perfectionist.

    As a budding photographer, you will also most likely want start mastering Photoshop, then begin searching for cheap travel deals just so you can take new pictures. Plus spending time on Google Earth will definitely become your thing, because good photography is all about location.

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    If you have a serious interest in this hobby, you should go through this guide for beginners, to find the best camera for your purposes. You can go through Photoshop tutorials and see what the procedure for uploading stock photos is, in case you eventually want to make money from your photography.

    3. Making Videos

    You can also make video material and upload it on various networks that support it. Many people have made a fortune from vlogging, making videos and entertaining or educating people. It really looks like a fun and easy way to earn money, but don’t be fooled. Making videos requires a lot of devotion, but it is still really fun hobby. You’ll need to acquire a good camera and a good microphone for starters, and you’ll also need to have an idea about the theme of your channel and the topics you’d like to cover.

    Once you have the idea, you need to write a script for a video, then film it, and then comes video editing. This can also take awhile if you are still new to how the software or video editing tools are used, but mastering the basics should not be too difficult.

    It is definitely a hobby you will grow to like and if you upload quality content frequently, people will notice you. Almost anyone who succeeded claims that it took at least two years for the videos to be noticed and featured, so it is a question of determination.

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    4. Gaming

    In addition to making videos, you can take up gaming as a hobby. Games actually offer quality material for a video topic. New games are constantly coming out, and people who are not certain whether they should buy them want to see a video review, so the two hobbies can go hand-in-hand.

    The gaming community is very wide today, but if you were never intrigued by video games, you probably won’t like this hobby. Alternatively, you can go with board games, which are are also fun as you can play them with your friends, and if you are invested enough, you can even start designing them. It is really a fun hobby and it is great for all ages.

    5. Gardening

      If you have knack for aesthetics and harmony, and if you like plants and decorating, then gardening is definitely a hobby for you. It takes patience, but allows you to practice peace and serenity while you create your own slice of heaven, and is relatively inexpensive as a hobby. You will need seeds and a place to grow plants, so without a backyard it is not really possible. Sure you can collect and cultivate plants indoors, but it kind of defeats the purpose of gardening.

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      If you get good at this, people might call you to redecorate their garden, or you can even increase your home’s property value. However, profit should not be the main motivation here; you should pick up gardening for the sake of creating beautiful gardens and cultivating plants.

      6. Cooking

      Finally, you can always take up cooking as a hobby. You will most likely love it, and what’s more your friends will love you for it, so everybody wins. It gives you a chance to become good at something that is generally needed and there is a lot of room for you to be creative.

      You have seen how a lot of people have become famous simply because they are good at cooking, they even have their own TV shows, and some of them get to act like real prima donnas and yell at their underlings. Not that you should be that way, this only shows how a hobby can grow into a passion and lead you to fame.

      Much like gaming, cooking can be a topic for your video-making hobby. As mentioned, you can be creative so that people will view it just to see something new. Another upside is that you probably have all the necessary equipment, you only need the ingredients and some good recipes.

      To sum up, the year 2017 offers a lot of possibilities for improvement, and you can turn that quest for improvement into a hobby or hobbies. Hopefully this list inspires you or at least pushes you in the right direction. Pick something that you find fun and interesting; the learning experience will be more pleasant and you will therefore advance at a rapid pace.

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      Last Updated on September 28, 2020

      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

      At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

      Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

      One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

      When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

      So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

      Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

      This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

      Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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      When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

      Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

      One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

      Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

      An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

      When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

      Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

      Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

      We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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      By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

      Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

      While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

      I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

      You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

      Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

      When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

      Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

      Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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      Con #2: Less Human Interaction

      One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

      Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

      Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

      This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

      While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

      Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

      Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

      This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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      For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

      Con #4: Unique Distractions

      Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

      For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

      To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

      Final Thoughts

      Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

      We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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