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What to Consider When Developing a New Hobby

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With the colder months of the year approaching, it might be a good time to start thinking about how you want to spend your free time. There is no better time to start a new hobby than right now! This week on Nantucket Gate Blog, we have tips to help make choosing a new hobby a little bit easier. As you decide on how to pass your spare time this upcoming season, make sure to take into consideration the following: 

Time Commitment

Something important to think about before you invest your energy into a new hobby is how much time you want to spend doing it. You may be looking to dedicate an hour or two to your hobby each day, but it’s possible you only have an hour or two a week instead. On top of how much time you have to spend on it weekly, think about the time of year as well. Is winter the best time to start picking up beach volleyball? Probably not. However much time you have to spend on a new hobby, there is bound to be something out there for you. 


In addition to time, it’s a good idea to consider how much you’re willing to spend on a given hobby before you get sucked in. There are plenty of inexpensive or even free hobbies you can take up, while others might require you to purchase gear, memberships, supplies, and more. There is no wrong answer to how much you’re able to spend. However, setting a budget can help you decide which hobbies are realistic and sustainable at the current moment. 

Social Interaction

Have you thought about how much interaction with others you’re looking for while participating in your hobby? If you have a desk job with little human interaction, you might be looking to participate in something in a group setting. However, if you talk to people all day long, it might be more relaxing to you to choose a new hobby you can do without having to associate with anyone else while you do it. 

Level of Challenge 

Lastly, it would be to your advantage to decide how challenging you’d like your new hobby to be. One of the reasons hobbies are so good for us is because they require us to face new challenges in a low-stress way, and they often include problems we truly want to solve or progress we actually want to make. At the same time, if another area of your life is currently presenting you with enough challenges, there are plenty of relaxing hobbies that might be more refreshing for the time being. 

We hope these tips help you decide on a new hobby that you can enjoy near your Tacoma, WA apartment!