When you decide you want to start a new hobby, you will think of so many possibilities. However, the real possibilities are endless.

New hobbies can be everything from sport to arts and crafts to being a movie buff, or even starting your own YouTube channel.

Hobbies are things we do that fuel our happiness and fulfill us in what we want to do with our lives.

Before you start a new hobby, create a list of the possibilities and visualize your end goal for this. You may not have an end goal, perhaps your goal is just to do something new that brings you joy!

You should be realistic with the hobbies you are considering. Some things are totally unrealistic for some of us. For example, you cannot start crafting if you cannot afford to buy the materials, and you can’t start a hobby in sport if you have agoraphobia.

These are some weird examples, true, but be realistic with your hobby choices. Remember that you will spend money on your hobbies, this is a given, you cannot get out of this. Everything costs money, but a hobby should be something that you do not mind spending money on.

You may find new friends doing a hobby, you may even be able to join a friend in theirs.

You could look at Box Rater for inspiration on hobbies you can take up if you are stuck for ideas.

How To Decide On A New Hobby – Top Tips

So, before you start a new hobby, consider the following five things to help you narrow down your choices and come to a conclusion about what hobby best works for you.

#1. Time

First of all, hobbies take time. If you are stuck on time you may want a lenient and flexible hobby. Some hobbies such as sports will have a regular schedule you will need to fit into your weekly routine.

If this is not realistic for you, and time is sparse, you might want to invest in a hobby that is more flexible, such as crafting or gardening. Something that does not take a long time, or something you can do in your own free time.

List your potential hobbies, and make a second list of the ones that will work with your schedule.

#2. Ease

This does not mean that a hobby has to be inherently easy. It should be fun, and a challenge is good. On the other hand, if a hobby is too difficult for you to keep up with then it is not worth it.

A hobby should not be something that causes you stress, on top of your everyday stress. Rather, it should be something you look forward to. This means you need to take into account everything else on our list and remove the options that will be too difficult to maintain.

#3. Locality

If you are looking to do a hobby outdoors, in a team, or in a sport, you will need to consider how local the hobby will be. Once you have considered the time that your hobby will take up, you should then consider how much time it will take you to get to the location to do it.

If you want to join a sports team, where is the most local one you can join? If it takes you an hour to get somewhere and back, this can cut into your week, and it can become stressful.

Is that worth it?

#4. Cost

Cost is obviously a big factor. You should have a budget for how much you are willing to spend on this hobby per week, month, or year. Some hobbies can be financially lucrative in the long run, but you should never expect money from a hobby.

If it will cost too much and put you out of pocket, consider whether there is something else you can do instead.

#5. Enjoyment

A hobby should be fun. It is worth looking back over things you have done before that brought you great joy. Things that make you happy and give you a sense of achievement.

Select the things you enjoy. We can easily feel socially pressured to do things, but ignore what our friends do, and what our family says we should do. A hobby is something for you!

Choose what makes you happy.


Here are some popular hobbies many people choose from, and some ideas to get you started.

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Horseback riding
  • Sports cubs.
  • Hiking
  • Collecting
  • Gaming
  • Streaming
  • Writing
  • Gardening
  • Reading
  • Cycling
  • Water sports
  • Volunteering