In September I let my subscription to Ancestry.com lapse as I couldn’t afford the yearly $299 fee at the time. Currently, I regret not having the service and am saving up to purchase it again.
This got me thinking about all my hobbies, both my cheap ones and my expensive ones. As my time seems to become more and more limited I struggle to not only pay for my hobbies but to find time for them as well. I may have to cull some of them so I don’t feel that I am being pulled in too many directions. The problem is that I enjoy them all, I’d much rather be doing them than just sitting around watching TV.
In response to not having enough time and money I am implementing an action plan to determine what stays and what goes.
Step 1: list all the hobbies out in no particular order.
Step 2: the pros and cons of the hobby.
Step 3: estimate the actual time spent doing the hobby.
Step 4: how does the hobby benefit my life plans and goals (should actually figure that out first)
Step 5: How would not devoting time to the hobby impact my life
Step 6: Re-evaluate each hobby and re-order them in priority.
Step 7: Eliminate some hobbies and devote my extra time to a select few.
It all sounds like a lot of work to do this, but I really enjoy all of them and all combined they cost me too much money. I think this process might be applied to other things in my life as well, but I’ll start with the hobbies. Has anyone else had to do this? How did you feel once you started to eliminate things you like doing down to the things you love doing?