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Saturday, December 3, 2022

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Hobby Time is Important Time

Stephen Yasko and Hobby Time in public radio

So I’ve been thinking about how having a hobby makes me more creative.

Maybe you’ll find some useful information.

Having a hobby, especially in this digital age, is very important to your creativity.  Hobbies are creative, refreshing and switch your brain off of work and into the endless possibilities of life.

So what are hobbies anyway?

So Wikipedia gives us this declaration: 

A hobby is an activity, interest, enthusiasm, or pastime that is undertaken for pleasure or relaxation, typically done during one’s own time.

So it would seem so easy right? Just do it! Right? Well I have found that picking a hobby, especially for a man–and especially for a person who has a family and is living in a city–it can be really hard to just pick a hobby let alone execute one.

Years ago I made soap. Yep, Fight Club innuendos aside, I got really good at and had a whole studio in the basement. The house stunk to high heaven. Now though, I live in a townhouse in the city and don’t have the space for a full on craft hobby.  But we’ve found a new hobby, collecting novelty martini glasses and experimenting with craft cocktails.

Much like cooking, craft cocktails require you to be a bit of an artist, a bit of a chemist and bit of risk taker.  Sometimes you have successes, sometimes you pour it down the sink. Here’s the thing.  When we’re mixing on a Sunday Afternoon we don’t allow the rest of the world to get in the way.  It’s my time and my family’s time. We guard it.

I’ve also taken up photography which I used to do when I was in high school.  Focusing your thinking on the settings, the framing, the composition and other factors prevents you from thinking about the stressful things in life.  I find it more cleansing than meditation and more relaxing than a good nap.  Plus, I get a some tangible assets that I can hang on the wall.  I’m actually pretty happy with some of the photos I’ve taken and edited.

Some of these photos have even made their way into my professional life in collateral materials.  Hobbies should affect your professional life, not the other way around.  And that’s how your hobby can help you make yourself more creative in your professional life.  When you’re focused on creativity but not on a deadline or for someone else you’re much more likely to recharge your internal batteries with enough energy to outperform yourself.

Stephen Yasko