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How do I balance after-work activities?

How do I balance after-work activities? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Aug 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Has this life stalled, or stagnated, or does it just need a new hobby?

I'm either going to need a radical overhaul, or just a new activity to keep me going a bit longer. Can't decide which, either because I'm indecisive or out of ideas. I'd like some input on either front: a) should I throw caution to the wind and take charge of my destiny? b) any suggestions for new preoccupations to get absorbed in while this current life persists? Piled embankments of soggy sleet within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2014 - 18 answers

Too many interests, not enough time: how to be realistic and choose?

I am a diagnosed ADHD inattentive type (comorbid with anxiety and major depression) who has WAY too many personal pursuits, hobbies and interests. For this reason, I often feel overwhelmed and end up starting but not finishing (or continuing to seriously pursue) many of them. This cyclical behavior makes me anxious and miserable, and it fuels my procrastination tendencies. Occasionally, I will get a jolt of enthusiasm that helps me start a project and finish it, but this is really no different than any of my other impulsive behavior that is, ultimately, inconsistent rather than disciplined and habitual. I often beat myself up and tell myself I'm a failure because I do so few of the things that I talk or think about doing. I also beat myself up (less often, but enough that it's cause for concern) even when I *do* start and finish a project/pursuit - the reason being that I still didn't get all of the OTHER things done. How do I choose one or two things to really focus on deeply, and accept and be happy with those choices? How do I stop letting myself get caught up in the allure of "everything else"? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Aug 2, 2014 - 9 answers

What can I do for the next 5-6 weeks?

I chose not to go on vacation with my family (to their native country that I've been to before) to take summer classes instead. My summer session 2 class filled up and I got screwed out of a seat. Now, I'm stuck here (NYC) with nothing to do for the rest of the summer. Help me not lose my mind and fill this time up. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Jul 16, 2014 - 22 answers

Need some specific short term goals

I spend lots of my free time watching TV and surfing the internet. I feel like I am wasting my life. I am looking for free or very low cost programs like "how to learn/make X in 30 days!" with daily or weekly milestones. I need to see very concrete progress or I will just give up. [more inside]
posted by fantoche on Jun 11, 2014 - 25 answers

Get Me Some Hobbies

As per the title, but with a lot of restrictions: I have a 4mo baby so I can only leave the house for about an hour before she needs to nap again. The baby also has us down to one income so the hobby must be cheap. The baby is also unpredictable with naps, so anything that requires long intensive periods of concentration won't work. I have to be able to drop whatever I am doing with no notice. I also have a very chewy puppy, so I can't lay things out on the floor (or even on the table, really) or she will eat them. I am not keen to go outside while she sleeps as I can't hear her crying. What can I do with my time? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Jun 9, 2014 - 18 answers

How to have hobbies and toddlers

I used to read. And knit. And screenprint, paint, draw, sew, and garden. Now I have a 1 year old and a 3 year old, and a full-time job. I am looking for suggestions of hobbies I can do at home when I am with they boys that are easily put down and picked back up, and can also be completed with somewhat divided attention. [more inside]
posted by deadcrow on May 28, 2014 - 16 answers

Long term attention span.

I love complicated things. Games, books, writing detailed stories, hobbies like scrapbooking, and so forth. But I forget about whatever project and move on to something else to find 6 months later I will fiddle for two weeks and then promptly forget about it again. ARG. [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky on May 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Am I trying to do too much?

When I was younger I wanted to LOTS of things, but never ended up doing anything properly. Over the years (I'm 27 now) some things have settled down and found their places and some I no longer want to do, but I still find I'm not doing everything I want to do as much as I'd like to. Am I expecting too much of myself? Or are there ways I could make it all happen? [more inside]
posted by miaow on Mar 8, 2014 - 16 answers

Is there an equivalent to a Travis Pick for piano players?

I decided to learn how to play the piano this year, but I don't have the money or time to take lessons. I try to practice (scales, mostly) about 15 min/day. I'm now familiar with most of the major and minor scales, and I bought a poster that shows all of the most common piano chords and that helps a lot. I've been musical all my life, but only read music at the kindergarten level (or musical equivalent). I've written many songs over the past 20 years, and I now have the skills to put chords to them, YAY!!! However, I have no sense of Rhythm or style when it comes to playing piano. With guitar, there are certain types of strumming patterns and picking styles like the Travis pick which you can just repeat as you move through the chord progressions, and it makes for a pretty decent accompaniment to lots of folk and singer/songwriter style music. Is there a parallel with the piano? Are there certain patterns that one can learn to fill in the space between chords? Am I even describing this coherently?
posted by JanewayJunior on Mar 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Is this science or a sort of engineering? How do I learn more about it?

My ignorance of science and engineering concepts, procedures, and methods of calculation is holding me back from tackling a whole mess of fun stuff. But what fields am I even interested in, and how can I learn more? Where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by rue72 on Mar 4, 2014 - 11 answers

How do you balance your interests/passions with being in a relationship?

My significant other and I do not share many common hobbies/interests. I feel that the limited free time I have is going more into the relationship and less into pursuing my personal interests. Has anyone dealt with this situation successfully, or is a relationship without much hobby overlap doomed to fail? [more inside]
posted by Anon500 on Jan 23, 2014 - 25 answers

Quality oil painting lessons online

I am an amateur painter. Never taken lessons, but I really enjoy it. I am looking to improve my technique - particularly working with texture and light. My paintings are pretty flat now. I want to learn how to add depth and contour. I want to paint in a realistic style, not abstract or impressionist. Looking for some good starting points for online videos and resources to get me to the next level.
posted by SarahBellum on Dec 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Lifeless in Palo Alto.

Six months ago I moved from Maryland to the Bay Area to start a new life in tech. I knew no one here before moving. The weather here is wonderful. I live and work in Palo Alto at a startup-y job with long hours. I am often pretty dang miserable outside of work. How can I have more fun day to day? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Dec 4, 2013 - 20 answers

Fashion Corset Sewing for the Novice

So, I was gifted some fabulous fabric, enough for a fabulous fashion corset. Never made one, thus I am looking for suggestions for good patterns, excellent kits, books and other resources. I am a reasonably skilled intermediate sewist, with a good machine, near some excellent local shops. I fully intend to practice on less-loved fabric first. I'm not looking for period accuracy or significant waist reduction, but I am looking to make something more corsetlike than a lightly-boned princess bodice. More steampunk outerwear than Victoria Secret underwear. Most likely I'll pick an underbust as it's intended as an over-my-clothes fashion thing. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Nov 3, 2013 - 7 answers

How does a 20 yr old healthyish student get back in shape without dying?

The fact I never liked the "traditional" forms of exercise never bothered me before. That is, until it recently dawned on me activities like going to the gym or running might be the only options I have left. But, with sensitive knees and shins from growing quickly and the residual effects of childhood asthma still occasionally inhibiting my ability to do cardio, these activities seem more foreign than ever. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by intelligentfool on Oct 27, 2013 - 26 answers

how to have hobbies?

I waste so much of my free time doing mindless things. I want to have hobbies and be productive but I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Sep 12, 2013 - 18 answers

Low mood be over: how?

Low energy/mood/will in the past weeks- now feeling the desire to get back on track, but I'm unsure about the way to go about it. I'd love to have your take on some ideas I have and how to put them into practice. [more inside]
posted by opalshards on Sep 12, 2013 - 12 answers

Best books for teaching yourself a new skill?

What are the absolute best books for teaching yourself a new and interesting skill starting from scratch? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Aug 23, 2013 - 21 answers

What to make at home next?

My wife and make a lot of stuff at home--from home made pasta, to scented fuel for an alcohol lamp, to guitar pedals--and we generally find that making at home is better and more fun than buying at the store. Can you recommend any other worthwhile home projects? I'm looking for enjoyable projects that are better than store bought--not necessarily for cost-saving. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Aug 19, 2013 - 39 answers

Can you convert a (literate) non-reader?

I would like my boyfriend to read more for leisure. Partly because I think he'd enjoy it, but also because I think it would be a good activity to share together. He's never been "into" reading; I think he sees it as a significant commitment. Were you a non-reader previously and now love to read? What made you change? If you are an avid reader yourself, have you ever inspired someone to start? How did you go about it? [more inside]
posted by goblue_est1817 on Aug 7, 2013 - 44 answers

Where to find free non-literary book summaries?

This summer I have a lot of reading to do: some books about physics and math applied to sports, others about evidence-based sport conditioning, objectivism, ... stuff that built up because I didn't had to read it. When I read books I like to have a top down view of the subject but most books' introduction fail to do so, either because it is too short and not enough to give a good overview of each chapter or because they not even try to summarise the contents of the books and on how to use the book. [more inside]
posted by tsuwal on Aug 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Story about a dragon untying a knot

Long-ago fantasy story: can anyone identify a story about a dragon that untied knots and tangles? Possibly a YA. I remember an incident where the dragon (a wise and friendly Chinese-type one) pulled a loop with a single claw. That's al i can remember except that i liked the story at the time. Ideas, anyone, please?
posted by Logophiliac on Jul 27, 2013 - 6 answers

I will see how many stamps I can lick in an hour, then beat that record!

How can I rejigger my brain to recognize engaging, rewarding tasks as "fun" instead of "work"? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jul 23, 2013 - 10 answers

I need a hobby.

I recently went from working 60 hour weeks to 35 hour weeks. Never thought I would say this, but I have too much spare time. What hobbies or pastimes have you taken up that have been most rewarding? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Jul 4, 2013 - 44 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

Why do you sail?

I have started to go sailing with a friend. A small 16 foot hobie cat. I would love to like it, but I'm not really sure I get it. My friend wants to eventually sail around the world (on a different boat!). I'm not so sure and struggling to get past the learning stage. So why do you sail? Any tips for getting the most of it? I particularly enjoyed Pirsig's essay Cruising Blues and Their Cure which covers some of my ambivalence.
posted by molloy on Jun 5, 2013 - 16 answers

Oh no...I'm boring!

Why don't normal hobbies and activities interest me, or why can't I stick with them? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by averageamateur on May 21, 2013 - 28 answers

If you're bored then you're boring

An earlier poster mentioned this attitude in a thread on boredom and it prompted me finally to post a question that's been simmering a while. I'm super-boring, but not bored -- it doesn't bother me when I'm on my own, but I'm starting to get a complex about it, vis a vis other people. Help me to have any interest, any interest at all! (Or to feel better about not having any.) Novel inside. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on May 6, 2013 - 34 answers

advice for a newbie soap maker

I just made my first batch of soap. Now what? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Apr 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Things to do at home when incapacitated.

I need recommendations for activities for someone with medical conditions that preclude reading, writing, watching much video, or walking for any significant amount of time. [more inside]
posted by knapah on Mar 18, 2013 - 37 answers

Tell me about investing as a hobby!

I've always had an interest in the stock market and investing but have only given it a small amount of attention. I was recently trying to come up with ideas for a hobby and realized that (a) investing is something I have had a long standing interest in and (b) it's something that people can do as a hobby! What are some resources/guides/books for learning as much as possible about this? [more inside]
posted by averageamateur on Feb 5, 2013 - 24 answers

Can't do ALL THE THINGS right now.

In 2013 I will have 2-3 hours a week to spend learning one or more of the following: French, guitar, advanced math (stats, calc). Which will benefit most from this limited amount of study effort? [more inside]
posted by riddler on Dec 15, 2012 - 6 answers

I want to be social and have fun. What do I do?

I feel like I've tried the usual suggestions...I'm looking for more ways to "get out there", meet new people and have fun. [more inside]
posted by allseeingabstract on Sep 26, 2012 - 29 answers

What are some activities (athletic or otherwise) that resemble the satisfying experience of training for a race?

What are some activities (athletic or otherwise) that resemble the satisfying experience of training for a race? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Sep 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Hobbies! Culture! Art! Beauty!

Developing cultural taste/becoming an expert at new hobbies... are there general principles? (snowflakes inside) [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Aug 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Help picking out a CNC Machine

Looking for advice on purchasing a CNC machine. I know there are a lot of crafty people on here and thought this might be a good place to ask. [more inside]
posted by Astalon on Aug 26, 2012 - 12 answers

Real hobbies... I want them!

I want to gain new hobbies that will help me make friends. Problem - I don't really like sports, games, nature, crafty things, or creative things. What else am I not thinking of?! [more inside]
posted by leedly on Aug 22, 2012 - 44 answers

Hobbies, how do they work?

After spending most of my waking hours in front of a computer for years, I have no idea what to do with my free time that doesn't involve internet. I don't have many friends so I'm not even sure how the process work. Is it sudden inspiration? How did you get started in your favorite hobby and why do you like it?
posted by Memo on Jul 19, 2012 - 19 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

Why do people upload old 3d party stuff to YouTube?

Why (not how, why) do people upload old third-party content to youtube? Has anything been written on the subject? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Jun 20, 2012 - 18 answers

How do I ask for a work/life balance?

I found a class I'd like to take after work. How bad would it look to ask my new boss if I could leave 5 or 10 minutes early to get there on time? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jun 15, 2012 - 21 answers

My SO is unconcerned with how little time we spend together.

My SO is unconcerned with how little time we spend together. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2012 - 48 answers

Partner's hobby takes a lot of time away from us

Partner's hobby takes a lot of time away from us [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on May 28, 2012 - 47 answers

Looking for some ideas of cool things to do at home with a partner.

Looking for some ideas of cool things to do at home with a partner. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on May 25, 2012 - 33 answers

How do you avoid being tired after work?

Give me your best tactics for avoiding sleep and slack after a long workday. [more inside]
posted by fake on May 17, 2012 - 26 answers

What can you convince a non-reader to read?

My little brother probably has asperger's. He most definitely has next to no interests. Can you help me me find something my brother might like? Snowflakes inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by semp on Feb 11, 2012 - 14 answers

The world is full of infinite possibilities - but how do I choose?

I have a timeline, a rough plan, various ways to get out of financial entanglements, but I need a purpose and I'm spoiled for choice and I need to figure out how to find out who I am and what I want to do (Yes, very much mid-life crisis-ville). [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Feb 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Plastic Model Paints?

This black acrylic paint sucks for the plastic model I am building. What model paints should I be using?
posted by toastchee on Jan 21, 2012 - 9 answers

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