I was reading some articles I’d saved to Pocket when I spotted a notification that my sister had shared an article with me several months earlier. I either overlooked it at the time, or noticed it but decided to leave it for later because it was very long (it actually says “The long read” right at the top).
One of the points made by writer Oliver Burkeman in his article, Why time management is ruining our lives, is that we are under too much pressure to make the best use of our time, not only at work but in our personal lives. I can relate to that!
When I discovered a couple of years ago that structure and purpose are important to me, even when it comes to leisure activities, I thought it was a good thing. I took some photography courses, and having lessons and assignments to complete encouraged me to incorporate my hobby into my day-to-day life.
After completing my courses, I started a 365-day challenge as a way to keep active with my photography. I missed days here and there, but managed to post every day during November, which was based on “30 days of gratitude.” I’ve concluded, however, that this type of challenge provides too much structure for me. I was often doing it because I felt I had to, rather than out of enjoyment.
That’s not to say I don’t enjoy photography anymore – I do! And many people have said how much they enjoy seeing my photos. This one was even selected for The Best of oopoomoo Creatives 2016!
I belong to a few photography-related Facebook groups, which often have daily, weekly, or monthly themes. I’m enjoying that, because I can learn from and get motivated by other photographers’ work, but there’s no pressure (internal or external) to post anything if I don’t feel inspired.
And that’s probably a good thing. When a hobby begins to feel like work, what’s the point? (Maybe that’s why I’ve been neglecting this blog a bit lately.)
The message of Burkeman’s article came back to me a few days later, when I read Linda Samuels’ post, Do You Savor or Squander the Valuable Time You Have? Linda reminded me that as long as I’m savoring my leisure time, it’s not time wasted.
I’m curious – how do you make the most of your time away from work?