Learning new hobbies

Hello you fine people! How are we all doing today? Sorry for the delay since my last post on my hobbies and leisure blog.  2017 has proven to be busier than i ever expected.  Not as much time for my hobbies as I’d hoped.  Because of this I haven’t really felt very inspired to write about hobbies and leisure, until a reader emailed me to ask for some tips on how to pick up a new hobby or leisure activity.  After some 40 years of practice I seem to have perfected some tips and hacks on how to keep up with a hobby after the initial honeymoon phase has ended.  

Tips and hacks.

When learning a new hobby and leisure activity it can be so easy to be interested and involved in the initial stages.  Everything you learn can come fairly easily and you will be picking up and learning new things at a fast rate.  However after a while a lot of people may find themselves bored and frustrated and this leads to a lot of people dropping and giving up on learning new skills.  It’s important to also find a hobby that fits your personality and lifestyle.

Be realistic with your goals and expectations.

No-one, or rather the very very few of us, learn how to master any new skill straight off the mark.  If you expect that after a couple of classes that you will be fluent in a language or able to play songs on an instrument then you are setting yourself up to fail.  Becoming competent or a master in just a few classes or months is an unrealistic goal.   You may be able to learn one song in this time but you will have to be realistic in that you will probably suck.  Which is OK!  If your hobby is collecting such as stamps be prepared to wait a while to get anything good.

Stamp collecting

 

Books and experts.

A lot of us will underestimate the progress that we have made, whilst others might not realise that they have made some mistakes.  Asking someone who is an expert can help you to see your progress and clarify any mistakes that you have made early on.  And they can help you with guidance.  If there are no experts around check online or for books.  I found some great bird watching books for sale here; http://www.for-sale.co.uk/bird-watching-book.

birdwatching books

 

Get a Set Routine.

Keeping up with a set routine is a sure fire way to keep yourself on the ball and motivated to keep on learning your new hobby.  Setting aside a dedicated time for your hobby, whether you require daily, weekly or bi-monthly practice, prepares you for the learning time and gives you a clearly outlined time frame for your lessons and practice. If, for example, you study Piano and require 4 hours of practice a week, set aside times such as Mon-Thurs at 7-8pm you practice every week  This way you will be able to dedicate time each week for your hobby as well as making it easier to remember and keep track.  In dog training for example having a set time can be great for your animal as they can prepare themselves before each lesson.

Find a friend.

Sharing a hobby is great as you can learn faster being able to practice alongside someone of a similar skill level.  It also means that you can share any large purchases.  When me and a friend learnt how to play guitar we bought a used guitar for sale online at http://www.for-sale.co.uk/.

Guitar

Share your progress.

If you can why not blog or vlog your progress.  I set up this blog so that I could keep track of all my progress, and am thinking about moving on to vlogging.  I recently bought a new Video camera from here; http://www.for-sale.co.uk/video-camera.