Are you looking for hobbies to do after work?
Sometimes you get stuck in a rut. You go to work, you come home, have dinner and binge watch Netflix, Youtube or scroll through the mental refrigerator known as Social Media. You could be doing something better…
You might find yourself putting on weight, feeling down, or constantly tired. You can feel your brain cells turning necrotic. A month or two may have passed by and you haven’t even noticed…
Until now. It’s time to unplug yourself from these modern-day distractions. It’s time to break the cycle by starting something new and positive today. Your time on Earth is limited, so use it wisely.
Here are the 16 most fulfilling hobbies to do after work….
1. Start a health and fitness routine
This is where you want to start if you have no exercise in your life. If you work in an office job, it’s vitally important for your health to get exercise in where you can. Exercise isn’t always fun — but it can be, and it certainly has a great effect on your mood and overall well-being.
If that doesn’t make you want to exercise, then perhaps financial incentive will. Many successful entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson, attribute their exercise routine as being a key part of their success.
Moreover, research shows that people who exercise on a regular basis earn more money.
Convinced? Finding a no contract gym is a good way to start because they have all the equipment and information you need to start properly, without having to make a huge commitment. It’s even better if you can find a gym with a pool, jacuzzi and sauna, so there’s a satisfying reward at the end of all that hard work!
2. Create music
If you’ve ever wanted to be a musician, it’s easier than ever to get started. A keyboard, audio interface, and a computer with music software is all you need to produce full compositions from scratch. Instruments have also become much more affordable, making learning music accessible to people of all backgrounds. There are many resources out there that make learning more fun and easier than ever before too.
It’s never too late to start either. If you took up guitar, a few years down the line you could have impressive skills. If you don’t capture this moment to start, you’ll be looking back three years from now saying “I’d be half-decent making music by now if I had taken the opportunity”.
3. Go swimming
Imagine being in the scorching hot desert with no water in sight. The desire for hydration is intense. I recently went on an extended holiday during a heatwave with no pool, and it left me with an intense craving to be submerged in water.
Swimming is one of the more fun exercises. It’s good for your cardiovascular health, breathing, and helps to relieve stress. This is a great hobby to take up if you want to keep your mind and body healthy, but don’t have enough time to commit to a full gym routine. It’s a strong contender based on the cost, enjoyability, health benefits and time commitment if you’re seriously considering it.
4. Become a meditation guru
Yes, it’s all the rage right now. You may have a meditation obsessed, spiritual guru in your life who is always talking about the benefits; perhaps you don’t. Well, let me be that guy…
There are many potential benefits associated with meditating. Given there is little to lose and a lot to gain, it’s pretty much a win – win situation.
Some of the bigger benefits (backed up by data) are that it can help reduce stress, reduce anxiety and promote emotional health. From personal experience, the first two were the most obvious improvements. It also helps build discipline and may help improve your attention span.
A great place to start, if you can deal with the… eccentric reading style, is The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. If you can’t cope with the quasi-religious undertones in this book, you may be better served with a meditation app. However, if you can see beyond the occasional reference to a higher being, it’s a book that may change your life.
If you’re looking for a more modern approach, there are many apps you can use to slowly ease yourself into meditation. One of those apps is Waking Up, which features step-by-step meditation sessions, making it an ideal place to start, especially if you struggle to switch off.
5. Take a course
Is there anything at all you’ve been interested in studying? Never got around to it?
Why not start today…
Websites like Coursera offer free education or you can pay a small fee to enrol properly; have your work checked, and receive a certificate.
It’s a solid choice if you want to develop new skills. You can take full courses in machine learning, psychology, economics, coding, negotiation, music and much more – all from the comfort of your own home. If you don’t think that’s a productive enough hobby for you, then you can….
6. Make a list of all the things you need to do
Heading says it all. Make a checklist of all the things you need to do and get them done!
If you genuinely have nothing on the back burner and no tasks you’re avoiding, make a long-term list of goals you want to achieve in the future. For example, you could take a hobby from this article like exercising, and enter some fitness goals. Doesn’t technology just make all this life stuff so much easier?
7. Write a book
If you have grand imaginings of a fictional universe, or a wealth of knowledge about a factual topic, you could start chipping away at a book. It would likely take years, which means you’ll have a consistent hobby that could flourish and become satisfying for you.
Even if you don’t want to write a fully-featured book, you could sit down to write a story and see where it takes you. If you are the kind of person with a vision, perhaps consider starting a book as one of your hobbies to do at home.
8. Learn to cook
Because who doesn’t like food? It’s a universal language. This one will impress your friends, family and loved ones without a doubt! Start with some basic recipes and work your way up over time. A great place to get quick and easy recipes is the Tasty app as there are many simple but delicious recipes to choose from.
It’s much healthier to put the effort into cooking proper food with fresh ingredients. It’s tastier too. Anyone can turn cooking into a passionate hobby, so why not start today!
9. Do some baking
Same as the above but for those with more of a sweet tooth. I used to know someone who baked a cake every Sunday. Their cakes slowly got better every week until they were a true artisan. Who knows, you may find yourself having a stare-off with Paul Hollywood some time in the future…
10. Get your bike out of the shed
Dust the cobwebs off the bike and get it out on the road. It’s another fun way to get your exercise. Get some friends together and go on an epic bike ride or downhill trail. Or just go out by yourself and explore nature.
11. Read a book
For a more relaxing hobby, you could take up reading. If you’re just looking to kick back and get your imagination whirring, this is a great choice for you. It’s also great creative inspiration to use if you want to write your own things, be it music, blogging or fictional stories. If you’re not a huge fan on reading…
12. Listen to podcasts and audiobooks
If you’re like me then this is perfect. I like to be informed on a range of topics but don’t get far with regular reading. It’s somewhere in between a passive and active hobby, so it’s good to have this alongside another hobby.
If you were going to the gym, you could listen to your favourite podcasts while running on the treadmill or doing other exercises. That’s two hobbies for the price of one!
13. Hone your work-related skills
Yeah, yeah pump your fist in the air! It’s time to be inspired by the enthusiasm in this stock photo and make big changes today…
So many people are stuck in dead-end jobs. Maybe you are one of them. The thing is, if you aren’t doing anything to improve your skills, how are you going to get any further?
Unless you get lucky or have bags of charisma and confidence, it could be a slow journey to the middle. Working on your skills and using them effectively is one way you can succeed.
As mentioned previously, Coursera is one place to develop your knowledge and skills further. Find skills relevant to the field you work in/want to work in, and use them at work to impress upper management, or use them to look for new work elsewhere.
14. Learn to code
If you’re a techy person, this can be an engrossing hobby to get involved with. Starting with HTML and CSS is easy and there’s so much education out there that’s free and easy to follow. There are also other coding languages you can learn for different types of applications, so if you really want to go down this rabbit hole, go check out what you can do!
Coding is not only fun, but a skill that is currently in high demand.
15. Start a Youtube channel
If you’re the opinionated type, or someone with a lot of knowledge to share — this one could be good for you. Don’t expect it to be a profitable venture, but putting yourself out there can be a rewarding experience. It’s easy, just pick up your phone and start filming.
Want to give back to the community? Volunteering is possibly one of the most fulfilling hobbies you can do. Working an office job can often make you feel like you’re just another ‘cog in the machine’. Volunteering can give you a sense of purpose and satisfaction you might be missing, making it an excellent hobby to take up.
Studies have shown it’s also good for your health. Reducing stress levels and increasing life satisfaction.
We’re really only scratching the surface on what hobbies you can do in your spare time. There are literally hundreds of fulfilling hobbies to do after work, on the weekend or at any other time.
It’s really a matter of whether you have the motivation. But just remember that the clock is always ticking!
If you’ve been searching for inspiration then hopefully you’ve found it!