1. Schedule a time and stick to it
The easiest way to make time for your hobbies is to simply schedule some time for them and stick to it. Whatever type of schedule you have, whether it’s regular or flexible, it’s possible to allot some time for your hobbies. All you have to do is to be motivated and determined enough to stick to this. For example, if you decide you’re going to dedicate two hours on a Wednesday evening to your hobby, you should do that and let nothing get in the way of it. If you can, try to set aside the same time slot every week so you get in the routine of spending that time every week on your hobby.
Even if you’ve got lots of tasks big and small to do, you can still make time for your hobby. If you’ve got lots of household tasks to do, for example, simply tell yourself you’ll get all of these done by a certain day. Then set aside some time the following day for your hobby and you won’t have any menial tasks to worry about; you can fully concentrate on your hobby. Your hobby is a priority, or at least it should be. Get lesser tasks out of the way so you can prioritise your hobby and dedicate more time and energy to it.
3. Only do what needs to be done
If you’ve got a huge list of things to do, that’s a huge chunk of your time taken up. If you want to make more time for your hobby, try cutting down on the things you do. Make a list of all the tasks you do throughout the week and see if there’s anything that you don’t actually have to do or if there’s anything you can cut down on. There might be something you do that someone else could do instead; there might be something you could spend a lot less time doing.
4. Combine your hobby with something else
A great way of making time for your hobby is to combine it with something else you do. For example, you could meet up with a friend for a hobby date where you catch up and practice your respective hobbies together. If you listen to music a lot, listen to music while you practice your hobby. If you commute to work, use the time you spend commuting doing something for your hobby. You could take a notepad and jot down ideas, for example. These are just a few ideas of how you can multitask and do two things at once to give you more time for your hobby.
5. Be productive
The more productive you are, the more you’ll get done. If you can get your other tasks done in a reasonable amount of time, you should be able to find plenty of time to dedicate to your hobby. If you’re not that productive, aim to get more done and waste less time. The less time you waste, the more you’ll have for your hobby. When the time that you’ve dedicated to your hobby comes round, it’s important to make the most of it. Switch off from everything else and aim to have a really productive session. No matter what your hobby is, you should aim to spend your block of time entirely on your hobby.