Success can be defined by many things. It is often defined by how you bounce-back from failures, the ability to accomplish your goals, or simply being revered by others. To me, there is another important factor that can have a sizable impact on success and your level of happiness: How you spend your spare time. Do you choose to be productive and continuously improve yourself? Or do you settle for Netflix and junk food in your down-time? If so, it may be time to adopt this ‘3 Hobbies’ lifestyle to change your life.
Hobbies to Change Your Life? Really?
This fantastic read was written by Austin from Minted Millennial — a personal finance blog centralized around empowering and inspiring millennial’s to reach their wildest financial dreams. Austin has an avid interest in linking psychology and finances together in order to help people reach financial prosperity in their lives.
One of my good friends came to me with some problems he was having: He had a good job and was making decent money. He also had no debt, pretty low expenses, a good group of friends, and a girlfriend that loved him, yet he still felt unfulfilled.
Despite having all the makings of a good life, he wanted more out of it and was confused on why he wasn’t satisfied.
I felt that.
I went through a few questions you ask someone when they’re feeling like this:
- Do you practice gratitude, and consistently remind yourself how lucky you are to have the life you do? Yeah.
- Are you unsatisfied in your relationship? I’m very happy in my relationship.
- Does your job have defined career advancement opportunities in front of you? Yeah, I don’t think my job is the problem, but it’s probably not something I would want to do for the rest of my life.
- Do you believe you’re working towards a higher purpose/goal that’s bigger than yourself, particularly in something that you’re passionate in? Well.. No.
Ding Ding Ding!
His daily habits consisted of…
- sleeping in as late as possible before getting up for work,
- eating fast food for lunch, and then
- gaming for hours after work until it was time to go to bed.
There was no room for any other healthy habits or passions.
No wonder he wasn’t feeling fulfilled. Something needed to change.
This got me thinking about something I saw online: the ‘3 Hobbies’ Rule to maintain a balanced, healthy life.
After explaining this rule to my friend, it seemed like something clicked in his brain. He started getting excited over this and started talking about different ways he could apply it in his life.
He realized his unhealthy habits needed to change if he was going to start feeling more satisfied, so he committed to his 3 hobbies. Needless to say, doing so changed everything for him. In the next section we’ll see how.
The 3 Hobbies That Will Change Your Life
The 3 hobbies that you need in your life are as follows:
- One hobby to keep you physically active
- One hobby to keep you creative
- And, one hobby that will make you money
By participating in these 3 hobbies, you are hitting the trifecta in maintaining a balanced lifestyle.
- stay physically healthy to improve your self-esteem and mood,
- mentally active to keep your brain sharp, and
- you’ll make extra money which will elevate your financial well-being.
He made it his goal to incorporate all three of them into his daily routine, 6 days out of the week (Sunday being a rest day).
It took some sacrifice. He had to cut gaming out of his routine and really cut back on Netflix. Despite doing these things, he was happier than he had ever been. He found that he had far more energy than he used to, despite staying productive and constantly being on-the-go.
This energy boost made him a more positive and outgoing person, which eventually earned him a big promotion at work.
It is safe to say that it changed his life for the better, but only because he committed to it.
After seeing just how much this ‘3 hobbies’ rule transformed him, I decided to go all-in on it as well. I found that I was not only more active mentally and physically, but my finances flourished like they never have before.
- I had more money from my side hustles, sure.
- But I also found myself spending less since I started cooking at home.
- I also didn’t feel any urges to fill my downtime with shopping since I was so focused on my hobbies.
I was able to be more content with spending less.
Hobby Ideas That Could Change Your Life
If you’re ready to use this to transform yourself, here are some examples for each category that could allow hobbies to change your life in as little as 30 days.
1) Hobbies To Keep You Active
Staying active can be tough. It’s difficult to stay motivated to do it over a period of time and is often viewed as a hassle. But staying active doesn’t have to be that way. I’ve personally always struggled with going to the gym on a regular basis, so I started trying to find other ways to stay active that are more engaging and exciting.
I began going on hikes at a local park as my form of staying active, which is something I really enjoy doing. My friend’s hobby of choice here was to wake up early and go on a run before work every morning. This works for some people, but not for me.
Here’s a list of some ideas to get you thinking about which will work best for you:
- Going to the gym
- Rock Climbing
- Going on walks
- Water Skiing/Wakeboarding
- Biking/Cycling Classes
- Dancing/Dance Classes
- Martial Arts/Boxing
- Join a Rec League for a sport you enjoy
- Physical Labor
2) Hobbies To Keep You Creative
One major factor that people tend to ignore as they get older is staying mentally sharp.
To maintain this, you will need to…
- keep your brain engaged,
- continuously learn new things,
- mentally challenge yourself, and
- stay creative.
Neglecting this can have some pretty negative impacts on your long-term health, so the sooner you adopt this hobby, the better. For me, I enjoy reading books and writing. I write to my blog and read books about money, psychology, and personal development.
I also used to be a musician and enjoyed playing chess regularly, so this hobby categorization is one that I’ve had the biggest emphasis on in my own life.
When my friend started this 3-hobby idea, he considered gaming to be his creative hobby, which worked for a while. However, he found it was too addicting and took up too much of his time, so he cut it out entirely and focused on volunteering at the local animal shelter. Volunteering is a great way to stay mentally engaged and will broaden your horizons.
- Reading Books
- Playing/Making Music
- Keep a journal/Writing
- Build stuff
- DIY and Crafts
- Brew your own beer
- Learning a new language
3) Hobbies To Make You Money
This hobby is important for maintaining your financial well-being. Growing multiple streams of income can bolster your finances drastically, even if it’s just a few extra hundred dollars a month.
Most millionaires will stress the importance of diversifying your streams of income.
This can be anything from starting a second job to walking dogs on weekends. For me, I started my blog which eventually led me to some freelance writing opportunities. I like doing this because it’s scalable and I really enjoy writing.
This is also helping me get out of student loan debt quicker, so this hobby should be a priority to you if you are in debt.
My friend’s hobby of choice here was to get on Rover and start walking dogs and dog sitting.
Here are some other side hustle ideas to earn some extra money:
- Trade stocks
- Real estate
- Flipping products
- Get a second job
- Start a YouTube channel
- Pet sitting/Walking dogs
- Mow peoples’ lawns
Related: 10 Ways to Monetize Your Blog
What If One Hobby Checks Multiple Boxes?
You may have a hobby in mind that could fall under multiple categories, which is pretty common. For example, my hobby of blogging keeps me creative and makes me money. If you decide to get into photography, that can qualify as a creative outlet and you can sell your photos online.
So in that case, would you only need one or two different hobbies to check the boxes for all three categories?
Honestly, it’s entirely up to you. If you don’t have as much spare time to commit to three separate activities, it may be in your best interest to just combine a couple of them into one. It is encouraged, however, to aim for 3 separate hobbies if you can.
It doesn’t have to be time consuming.
- You could read for thirty minutes to an hour every night before bed.
- You can run on the treadmill for 20 minutes a few times a week.
- And, you can spend a few hours a week researching the stock market to maximize dividend payments as another source of income.
Determine a strategy for how much time you will commit to each hobby per week and commit to a consistent schedule.
How Will You Spend Your Spare Time?
Incorporating these 3 hobbies into your daily routine can ultimately improve the quality of your life and career like it did for my friend (and for me!). It all comes down to how you spend your free time.
If you’re totally fine with where you’re at, then feel free to change nothing! But if you’re not satisfied, maybe it’s time to start evaluating how you spend your time outside of work.
If you work/commute for 10 hours of the day and sleep for 8 hours, that leaves 6 hours out of every work day for you to choose how to spend it. Those 6 hours can determine the level of success, satisfaction, and fulfillment you have with your life.
There are plenty of hobbies to change your life. Choose wisely and start implementing the ‘3 Hobbies’ rule today!
What hobbies will you choose to change your life? Let me know in the comments below!
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.