productive hobbies

Who says taking up a hobby is a waste of time and relaxing is laziness? Aside from it being a remedy for burnout and stress, there are certain that rake in the cash or if not, just propel one to do more, make one smarter and accomplish more than if one spends every waking moment working and laboring.
From exercise to video games, here are some hobbies that are remarkably productive:

Do you know that regular exercise doesn’t only benefit your body but also your brain? Christina Baldassarre of Entrepreneur.com writes:

7 Hobbies Science Says Will Make You Smarter

Occasional exercise alone doesn’t do the trick. Regular exercise is much more effective than hard work-outs every now and then. When exercising regularly the cells are flooded with BDNF, a protein that helps with memory, learning, focus, concentration and understanding. This is also often referred to as mental acuity.

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It’s different for everyone but cooking made it to the top of the most list! I guess it is because of the fact that you can enjoy the “fruits” instantly. Here is an excerpt from an article by Chris Haigh from LifeHack.org

20 Hobbies That Will Make You More Productive 

Cooking is one of the most productive hobbies out there, and something everyone should consider trying their hand at. Cooking forces you to be in the moment, focusing entirely on the product and processes at hand. It also forces you to plan ahead. As a bonus, with practice you’ll get really good at preparing and making food in advance for the days ahead, meaning you’re being even more productive than you realised.

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There are also the more popular ones like painting, sculpting, knitting, crocheting, traveling, reading, writing. But if you’re one of those who feel relaxed with excitement and challenge, and who need something that will not take up too much time, there’s always playing video games. Max Hutchinson from Central Insurance talks about video games’ effects on productivity.

Can Video Games Affect Productivity

Video games can actually have a positive influence on one’s productivity, improving on a variety of skills such as:

  • Quick thinking and decision-making
  • Multitasking
  • Problem solving skills
  • Reading and math skills
  • Teamwork
  • Perseverance

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Take the time to “smell the roses”. Don’t get trapped in the rat race. We’ve all heard it said that there is more to life than material wealth or work! What good will it do you if you have everything but not your well-being. Either you’ll have a heart attack or go through life tired and exhausted. Missing life itself. Make time to recharge and regroup. A hobby is a temporary reprieve which is not a luxury but a necessity. Don’t be a rat. Be a deer and scale the heights. Unplug and pause without backlog! There’s a better way to get ahead. And it’s not by wearing yourself out and punishing yourself. It’s by having fun but still getting work done.

Go and produce!