TIM’S 5 STEPS TO HOBBYVILLE, POP­U­LA­TION: YOU

Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - LIFESTYLE -

1IDENTIFY YOUR MO­TI­VA­TION

“Ask your­self why you want to waste less time and spend more of it on a hobby. Putting this into prac­tice can be chal­leng­ing so you need the mo­ti­va­tion that comes from un­der­stand­ing why you’re mak­ing the change. Write down the dis­ad­van­tages of wast­ing time and the ad­van­tages of your new hobby, if it helps.”

235KNOW WHAT YOU WANT

“Be clear about the pos­i­tive things you want to do, as well. What specif­i­cally do you want to start that will lead to you liv­ing a more ful­fill­ing life or that will help you achieve what you want to?”

BREAK IT DOWN

“Once you know ex­actly what you want to do, di­vide it into smaller goals. If it’s draw­ing, for ex­am­ple, think about what you’d like to have cre­ated in a month. Then con­sider what you need to do each week to achieve that, and then think about what you need to do each day to get there.”

4GET STUCK IN

“Start. Now. Do some­thing, even if it’s only for a cou­ple of min­utes. Find out what tools or ma­te­ri­als you’ll need. Look into where your near­est gym is. Re­search the clos­est place for you to take a French class. That all counts as progress. The grad­ual ap­proach tends to be eas­ier and leads to more long-term suc­cess, so start small.”

PAT YOUR­SELF ON THE BACK

“Talk to your friends about your new hobby. Once they know about it, they can ask you how it’s go­ing and praise you – com­pli­ments from peo­ple we care about can be pow­er­ful. Jot­ting down each step is also a great way to ac­knowl­edge progress.”

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