Being a man with no hobbies doesn’t mean you’re unproductive or abnormal, but it could be a sign that you haven’t found your true calling yet. It may warrant spending some time reflecting on your situation to figure out what you want to do and why you may be in such a predicament.
However, it also depends on how you frame your situation. It’s only a predicament if you desire more from your time and want to create some new excitement in your life. You shouldn’t feel forced to do anything, especially if you’re happy with your current scenario.
Most men, though, have an innate sense of purpose and want to experience life for everything it can offer. As such, we’re going to look at how to maximize your time when you don’t have a hobby.
1. Get to grips with philosophy
The way you frame the world is through the lens of your beliefs. Having a good philosophy on life will make things more enjoyable because you’ll know how to put things into perspective, good or bad.
This is important if you don’t have any hobbies because it will help you understand your situation and will allow you to deal with it in a more rational way. What we mean by this is that it’ll allow you to ask more effective questions to formulate a better understanding of what you truly enjoy.
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Fortunately, there are many good resources for learning philosophy, most of which can be found for free and in bite-sized chunks through online resources like YouTube and TED. It’s also worth reading some of the publications of famous philosophers like Friedrich Nietzsche, Confucius, and Socrates mainly because most of modern philosophy is based on their teachings.
2. Reach out to friends and family
Having a good philosophy on life certainly helps as it’ll allow you to introspect and ask more effective questions to find out what you enjoy, however, it’s only part of the puzzle. Speaking to friends and family will help you formulate a better understanding of yourself without your own biases interfering.
Plus, being more outgoing and socializing can help you find activities that you enjoy. In fact, some of the most enjoyable hobbies and pastimes are the ones that are spent with other people such as team sports, online gaming, and community gardening.
3. Stay active
Staying physically active is a great way to build routine and rhythm in your life without much mental effort. This is really important because it can help get things going for you without any kind of skill barrier or deliberate input. Once you establish a routine, other things start to fall into place more easily because you’ll be used to having something regular to do on a daily or weekly basis.
Hobbies are a little more deliberate which is why having a simple activity plan to start with is a good stepping stone. Once you’re used to the act of being physically active, the mental side of things falls into place much easier meaning you shouldn’t have much trouble getting to grips with a new hobby.
4. Consider studying
If you’re truly bored or have no hobbies, it may just be the case that you haven’t found your true calling yet. Going to college or university means you can work towards something that will likely have a significant impact on your career prospects. It’s not always the case that you’ll end up in a career that feels like a passion but getting to pick a topic to study can certainly help get you closer to doing something you love every day.
The most important point here is not necessarily to have a hobby just for the sake of having one, but actually to spend your time doing things that help you grow as a person as well.
5. Schedule things ahead of time
Many of us are brilliant at procrastinating when it comes to the crunch which means it’s important to plan events in advance to give yourself time to mentally and physically prepare. You’re way more likely to end up actually trying that thing you always wanted to if you plan for the moment.
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Just the simple act of setting a reminder or making an entry in your calendar can increase the likelihood of you making good on your promises and it’s such a simple thing to do. It also means that other people can’t ruin the moment by dropping unexpected things on you at the last moment because they’ll already be in the loop about your plans.
6. Seek inspiration
It may seem obvious but if you don’t have a hobby, maybe you’re just not looking hard enough. As such, it’s worth making some deliberate efforts to find a hobby you’ll enjoy by doing some research. This includes browsing websites, using search engines, and watching videos for things you might have an interest in.
7. Learn from the experts
Watching videos and reading about different hobbies is a great way to learn what they may entail, but it doesn’t always give you the full picture. There are certain intricacies that can’t always be fully understood without directly asking the experts for answers which is why it may be worth attending a seminar or open day for specific things you may be interested in.
It should also help allay some fears you may have about trying something new, especially when you have the guidance of an expert at your disposal.
Many of these tips are designed to build a good foundation to support your efforts in finding and thriving within a new hobby or pastime. Without one, it’s easy to lose interest quickly or dismiss the idea of trying something new out of fear you won’t be any good at it or can’t do something.