5 Helpful Tips to Pursue Your Hobbies or Passions

Is there a new hobby or project that you have been meaning to start, but haven’t? Maybe it’s practicing yoga, learning to cook Japanese food, or writing your first book. Whatever your passion, it’s easy to get distracted or busy dealing with life’s responsibilities, but our interests and passions are an important part of who we are. They’re worth exploring to the fullest.

We all have the same amount of hours in our day though, but consider how we can make some small changes to accomplish what we’ve always wanted. Here are five things you can do to get started and see your passion through until the very end.

    1. Break it down into small steps
      Trying something new can be overwhelming so you might find it helpful to break it down into a few essential steps. For example, if you wanted to start an online store, it could easily get overwhelming when you consider you’ll have to make products, build an email list, write copy, and develop a marketing plan. Write out the steps and concentrate on one thing at a time. Know what once you learn how to do each of these steps, you will know it for life and be able call upon it as needed.
    2. Make it a habit
      It’s no secret that we get better with repetition. If you want to play the guitar well, you’re going to have to practice a lot. It can be helpful to schedule a specific time in your day to do this or even create a trigger so that your mind gets used to the practice. For example, immediately upon waking up or right after eating dinner. It will help you make that habit automatic.
    3. Find an accountability partner or group
      Strength in numbers is a powerful thing. Try finding someone else who wants to do what you are doing. For example, joining a writers’ group that meets up to write every week at the same time. Alternatively, you may want an accountability partner that you meet with regularly. Knowing you will have to talk about your progress and take responsibility is motivating.
    4. Enjoy it
      Make sure you enjoy what you’re doing (at least most of the time). You’re going to need to be excited about the activity and not dreading it, to be successful at it. One thing to ask yourself is whether this activity is something you are legitimately interested in or whether it’s something you feel like you should do because of other people. Remember, this is about doing what you really love!
    5. Reconnect with why it matters
      There are going to be days where you just don’t feel up to doing anything, but it’s a not a great excuse. Think about the end goal or even how performing this action or skill will be able to help other people in your life. It will remind you that what you’re doing is important.

 

Have you found anything else that works to keep you focused and motivated? Any other tricks to help you make time for your passion projects? Let us know in the comments below!

Jessica is writer, teacher, and photographer who makes her mark with empty coffee cups, ink spills, and red lipstick. She’s passionate about creativity, people, and the written word. She believes anything worth doing is worth doing beautifully. When not chasing the perfect sentence, she’s stalking Bay Area beauty camera in-hand, amazed and grateful that she gets to call San Francisco her home.

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