Advice, Tips

How to Start (and Stick With!) a New Hobby in the New Year

To say 2020 was an uneventful year would be an understatement. In fact, there were many times throughout the year where things felt uncertain, and even a little bit scary. But, we’ve all been pushing through, and it’s safe to say that almost everyone is looking forward to a new year. 

If there’s one thing 2020 has taught us, it’s the importance of doing things we enjoy. Most of us spent more time at home than ever, and that may very well continue in the beginning of the new year. 

So, now that Christmas is over and you may not be indulging in many more festive nights at home, what can you do? One of the best ways to start the year with positivity and productivity is to find a new hobby. 

Unfortunately, the average person only sticks with a new hobby for about 16 months. If you’re trying to get into a new hobby and stick with it, how can you make it easier on yourself? Let’s go over a few helpful tips.

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Write a List of Things You Love

One of the best ways to ensure you’ll stick with a hobby is to make sure it’s something you actually enjoy doing. 

If you’re not sure where to start, make a list of some of the things you love. Maybe you’re a beer enthusiast and you want to start using your own brewing grain to make a home brew. Maybe you love flowers and you want to start a garden. Or, maybe you’re passionate about fitness, so you want to develop a daily workout routine. 

When you love something, you’re more likely to keep doing it. Hobbies should come from something you’re passionate about, so take a look at your list and decide what stands out to you the most. 

 

Be Realistic

Many people give up on their hobbies so quickly because they aren’t realistic. It’s the same reason so many people give up on New Year’s resolutions. If your hobby is something that seems daunting to you, or your end goal feels impossible, you’re more likely to give up. 

Attach small goals to your hobby, and you’ll feel more motivated and empowered to keep moving forward as you reach them. 

 

Find a Friend

If you’re having trouble sticking with a hobby, have a friend or family member hold you accountable. A hobby shouldn’t be something you feel forced to do. But, some people have a harder time getting started than others. If that sounds like you, having a “partner” can make a big difference, until you really get into the swing of things. 

You can also ask that friend to do the hobby with you. Everything is more enjoyable when you have company you love, and you can both hold each other accountable. 

A new hobby can help you to feel rejuvenated, and it can teach you a new skill you never had before. Keep these tips in mind in the new year to find a hobby you enjoy, and stick with it for years to come.