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bootstraps for hobbyists

My life is calm. I live in one place. My house is clean and decluttered. I have free time. And now I am bored... [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Feb 20, 2014 - 14 answers

Is there such a thing as a lucrative freelancing skill anymore?

I've just come out of a short stint of unemployment, now working a fairly low-wage job but with decent hours, giving me spare time to kill. Thought perhaps that this would be a good time to pick up some new skill or other to fill the hours and perhaps make some extra money on the side. [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider on Jan 15, 2014 - 13 answers

Dating Woes

My partner has an abundance of free time. I do not. This is a constant source of conflict for us. I thought I had a practical solution, but it's not working. Can you help me figure this out? [more inside]
posted by chara on Oct 21, 2013 - 48 answers

What should I do at work?

What should I do at work to occupy my copious but sporadic free time? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Jul 27, 2013 - 15 answers

What would you do with a week off?

I have nine days coming up shortly with no distractions. The phone is 'off the hook', the chores are done, the 'to-do' list is all clear. What would you all do in this situation? "Enjoy it" I know... that is taken for a given! I want it to be constructive too. [more inside]
posted by 0 answers on Jun 8, 2013 - 18 answers

Where’s the balance between changing myself and accepting myself?

Help! I’m having trouble adjusting to college and accepting myself, and it’s stressing me out. What can I do to fix this? Lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2013 - 14 answers

Fun times for broke kids

End of the semester adventure??? [more inside]
posted by non-kneebiter on Dec 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Make me a master of (free) time!

How do I make the best use of my free time? [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Sep 10, 2012 - 12 answers

Making the Most of Free Time

I've got an utterly free week coming up in DC. What should I do with my time? [more inside]
posted by troika on Jul 17, 2012 - 23 answers

But I counted all the people yesterday!

I am moving to a remote island in the middle of nowhere, and I need hobbies. [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Jul 10, 2012 - 70 answers

How to create structure in an unstructured day?

What are the most successful strategies for managing unstructured time? [more inside]
posted by davisnot on Jul 9, 2012 - 11 answers

El Pasotiempo

Visiting El Paso for a (work)week, seeking interesting and worthwhile activities for the off-hours. [more inside]
posted by MimeticHaHa on Feb 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Just quit my job… how do I not waste 9 months of autonomy?

I just quit my job to pursue my dream of making things…and I now have 9 months of unplanned time to use. How the hell do I not waste it? (a part of me wants to go all indiana jones, but i'm not sure that's a viable option) [more inside]
posted by tarthur on Dec 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Is being ruthlessly overworked as an NGO employee par for the course?

I've been working in my current position for a little over a year now, and I love most things about it. But: I'm very overworked, exhausted, and I can feel burn-out creeping in. If I leave to work at another organization, will I still be just as busy? Is NGO work only for the super-committed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2011 - 13 answers

Less work, more play

Has anyone working fulltime under a manager negotiated a cut in their work hours, from the standard 40-hr work week to 30-32 hours? (But not due to childcare or other specific family/personal constraints, just for wanting more free time.) [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Nov 15, 2011 - 17 answers

Help me be lazy

I would like to limit my working time to 20-25 hours per week, and spend the rest of my time as a flaneur. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2011 - 22 answers

You're lucky to even know me; you're lucky to be alive.

I don’t remember how to be single. Help? [more inside]
posted by sock puppet of mystery! on Apr 2, 2011 - 38 answers

I need a "stuck in the school library" hobby.

I'm looking for a project that can be done mostly on the computers at my school. I'm usually there for 8-9 hours waiting for a ride, and my schoolwork takes me around an hour to finish. I'd like to put the rest of that free-time towards something productive. [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Mar 2, 2011 - 23 answers

If it looks interesting, doable and enjoyable, why isn't it?

Help me find the motivation to do creative and interesting things with my free time! [more inside]
posted by greenfelttip on Dec 10, 2010 - 23 answers

She's amazing. How can I thank her?

How can I make my wife feel appreciated when I rarely see her and she's always exhausted? [more inside]
posted by tacodave on Oct 13, 2010 - 27 answers

I have 240 hours to kill

I have a 40 hour/week desk job that requires nothing from me. What's something epic I can do this summer? [more inside]
posted by resiny on Jul 12, 2010 - 22 answers

Help me find a new pastime.

I want to cultivate a hobby, something simple but productive, to give me an alternative to passive time-filling activities. [more inside]
posted by digitaldraco on Jun 7, 2010 - 20 answers

What to do with all of this free time?

I'm unemployed until march. I find myself spending hours on the internet for lack of anything better to do. What can I do that is either extremely cheap, or preferably free, to fill up my time until then? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Jan 24, 2010 - 30 answers

Unemployment Opportunities

Recently fired from my job, I'm wondering if there's something I can do with this time on my hands besides immediately looking for a new job, keeping in mind that I still have bills to pay. [more inside]
posted by digitaldraco on Jan 1, 2010 - 11 answers

I'm tired of being tired!

What are some easy ways to get more energy and motivation? Lifestyle-specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Nov 24, 2009 - 17 answers

Have Girlfriend, Will Travel (Too Much)

How do I express the need for more 'me time' with my girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2009 - 34 answers

Wii Games for the one-handed?

Wii Games for the one-handed: I broke my wrist last friday and now I have plenty of free time. Can anyone recommend some good games for the wii which don't involve very much movement and can be controlled only by the wiimote (and don't need the nunchuk)? Thanks. :)
posted by donut on Jun 30, 2009 - 26 answers

Cheap fun things for the weekend

What cheap/free things can a couple do for fun during afternoons/evenings/weekends? [more inside]
posted by lilyflower on May 7, 2009 - 13 answers

How should I use my free time constructively?

How should I use my free time constructively? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Jan 6, 2009 - 12 answers

Fun and money required

Eight months out - how to have fun and earn money - preferably abroad? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Dec 15, 2008 - 3 answers

free me from my free time

How should I use my copious amounts of free time while being poor in a country where nobody understands me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2008 - 34 answers

What to do with 20 hrs. a week (in Boston)?

What would you do with 20 hours a week in Boston? I'm starting a part-time job next week which is enough to cover my living expenses, so I'm looking for suggestions on what I can do with the rest of my time: hobbies to take up, part time jobs, volunteer opportunities, etc. [more inside]
posted by losvedir on Oct 21, 2008 - 8 answers

What to do with 25 mins of extra free time every day?

I moved closer to work. What can I do with the 25 minutes of extra free time that I will have due to the shorter commute? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions on Aug 20, 2008 - 28 answers

How to spend a minute of free time?

I work at a call center, and have very short breaks in between calls, but it's frequent enough to get a little boring. What kind of productive ideas do you all have for something I could do? [more inside]
posted by macsigler on Jul 17, 2008 - 31 answers

Freedom! Horrible freedom!

How do I automate the mundane aspects my life? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Mar 22, 2007 - 17 answers

2007 is Quarterlife Crisis year at AskMe!

I just left Teach for America....and I think I might be professionally ineffective for the rest of my life [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2007 - 48 answers

How do I productively fill my free time?

I suddenly find myself with excessive amounts of free time. What are some fulfilling and productive ways to fill it? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Oct 13, 2006 - 21 answers

I want to be healthy and happy again.

I am quitting my day job? What kinds of things should I indulge in or good habits should I pick up before I go back to school in fall? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Mar 24, 2006 - 14 answers

What are your recommendations for fantasy stock exchange websites?

What are the best mock stock exchange websites out there? What ones are to be avoided? [more inside]
posted by tozturk on Jun 9, 2005 - 5 answers

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