I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR HOBBIES – LIFE HACKS

Hobbies are relaxing, enabling you to reconnect with yourself; not to mention that they are so very enjoyable. Nonetheless, they are a tad sneaky, as well. If you don’t direct your time and energy into pursuing them, before you realize it, you won’t have any hobbies left.

As we mature into life, our free time and availability slightly diminish. Whether we’re talking about running, exercising, guitar, drums, yoga, painting, photography, you name it – if you want to keep your hobby, you should work in that direction. In other words, keeping your hobbies actually requires work.

That being said, here are my hacks on how to make time for hobbies, when it seems that your spare time is inexistent.

1. Pinpoint where you’re wasting time

If we were 100 frank, we should reckon that we aren’t 100 productive every moment of the day. Perhaps you find yourself scrolling through Instagram, or watching Netflix, or simply doing some old-fashioned online window shopping – these things dig into your free time and eventually add up. Plus, pursuing a hobby shouldn’t be a life-consuming endeavor. At first, you should set aside 30 minutes of your time and see where that gets you.

2. Schedule your day differently

Each and one of us have a routine and a way of doing things. And, while having a routine is reassuring, it can make us get stuck in a place, making us unwilling to change and get out of our comfort zone. To that end, the next time you’re scheduling your weeks, you should try to incorporate your hobby into your schedule, as well.

For instance, mornings can be the ideal timing for pursuing your hobby. Let’s say that you schedule running or jogging in the late afternoon. Still, by the time late afternoon rolls around, you’ll definitely have a bunch of other things going on, which could prevent you from actually doing what you planned.

3. Be realistic

While having ambitious plans isn’t necessarily the wrong approach, remaining realistic is the key here, unless you want to be discouraged. To that end, if you’re juggling an overcrowded schedule, having two 30-minute piano lessons per week might be everything you have time for. So, it’s important to remain realistic and to establish targets that fit into your timetable.

4. Prioritize

Having a strict schedule can be quite stressful. And, at the end of the day, pursuing a hobby should be about enjoying yourself and having fun. It shouldn’t stress you out, leaving you energy less. Nonetheless, if you want to remain consistent, you should prioritize your hobby. That’s because your hobbies represent you, being representative of you. So, pursuing them is far from being a selfish act – quite the opposite might I add.

In summary, making your hobby a priority, adjusting your schedule every now and then, remaining realistic and determining where you might be wasting valuable time are invaluable hacks that will help you along the way. But, most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy life as it comes – hobbies included!

HOW TO TEACH STUDENTS AND GET THEIR ATTENTION

Teaching is as challenging as it can get, and getting your students’ attention is, perhaps, one of the greatest challenges. At the end of the day, you’re competing against the modern-day distractions. While it is difficult to accomplish that, it is far from being impossible. We will talk about three strategies that should come in handy.

Embrace an original style

Take a moment and think about the greatest teachers you’ve had – what do they have in common? For one thing, they have a unique, individual teaching style that separates them from the crowd – are you with me? There is no fixed pattern out there that will work for each teacher out there, and you should reckon this. Imitating someone won’t aid you to achieve the results you want.

When you don’t try to copy someone else, you can actually embrace an original style, which will allow you to connect with your students differently. This is the key to establishing a bond with your class, which can help you in getting their attention and interest during class.

Have a positive approach

Did you ever notice that the teachers who use fear and negativity as a means of controlling their students don’t accomplish long-lasting results? Ok, perhaps they might manage to have quiet lessons, but this isn’t your goal – is it?

Truth be told, there’s no wrong in saying that negativity minimizes creativity, whilst increasing the fear of failure. On the opposite side, good teachers motivate their students, by having a positive energy that is genuinely encouraging. As a rule of the thumb, positivity breeds creativity, so you should promote that as a teacher, as well.

Reflect on your strategies and be open to changing them

Good teachers should acknowledge that change is imminent. As a result, every now and then, you should take the time to reflect on your teaching tactics and analyze their efficiency, considering how your class reacts to them. Without a doubt, self-reflection and self-analysis are compulsory in order to pinpoint the weaknesses that could do with some improvements.

You can always go to a mentor and ask for advice or guidance, especially if you’ve reached a point when you don’t know which direction is the right one for you and your classes.

Continually adapt to your students’ needs

Typically, classrooms are similar to an ever-changing dynamic organism. To that end, each day, the dynamics, the mood of the students are different. Additionally, the attendance rooster matters, as well as the phase of the moon, so on and so forth. Therefore, you should be open to adapting and altering your teaching plans, so that you accommodate to your students’ needs. As they grow and evolve, your teaching plans should do the same. Your ultimate goal should be actually connecting with your students, which should also make you more open-minded and flexible regarding the change.

There are only some of the ways in which you can communicate with your class more efficiently. Remember, though, the key to attaining consistent results is being determined to enhance your strategies while being open to change.