4 Fall Hobbies You Can Fit Into Your Busy Schedule

As a working woman, it may already feel like there isn’t enough hours in a day to get everything you must do accomplished – let alone time for hobbies. However, having a hobby may actually make you more productive in your career. It not only relaxes you and prevents burn-out, but a hobby may also open your mind and make you more creative. And what better time than fall to get started on a hobby? The lull time between summer and the upcoming holidays gives you the perfect opportunity to dive into a new hobby. Check out these four inexpensive fall hobbies that you can fit into your busy schedule:

Knitting can be the ultimate way to give your brain a break after a long day at the office, and make some homemade gifts for the upcoming holiday season in the process. Instead of scanning your smartphone and answering emails, vow to power down and put your fingers to use with some knitting needles. In this increasingly high-tech age, handmade crafting has become nearly extinct but knitting is making a comeback (even big name actresses like Cameron Diaz and Hilary Swank have been pictured knitting on set). If you’re not sure where to start, knitting has a surprisingly strong online community of people of all ages and skill sets to offer advice and patterns.

If there’s one hobby that your family and coworkers alike will be glad you took time to spend on, it’s baking. Support our local Michiana farmers and take advantage of the seasonal Michiana fall crops, such as pumpkins and apples, to finally stop putting off improving your baking skills. Make it a goal to set aside time to bake one new recipe a week or even just a month. If you’re especially crunched for time, take a look online (Pinterest, anyone?) for tons of quick beginner recipes. By the time Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around, you’ll be able to save money and make your treats from scratch. 

There is no shortage of beautiful scenery during the fall in Michiana, so stop viewing it from your car on the commute from work and start seeing it up-close by foot. Regardless of your work schedule, it is an absolute necessity to make time for 30 minutes of physical activity and the cooler temperatures of fall can make it an easier transition if you’re not an experienced runner. Sign up for a 5k walk or race and start on a beginner program (there are several online programs that show you how to slowly transition into longer distances) to give you motivation. You’ll get an energy and mood boost that will help you in all aspects of your life, including work.

Speaking of the beautiful Michiana scenery, photography can be a perfect creative outlet and is a hobby that can take as much or little time as you need. The problem with photography as a hobby is that often no printing or framing/organizing in albums takes place after the initial snapping due to time constraints or lack of motivation. If you don’t have the time it takes to develop your photographs and arrange them in scrapbooks, an alternative is online photo books. You simply upload your photos onto predesigned templates that are then printed into a book for you – you can get the same appeal of scrapbooking without the time it takes.

There’s no better time to turn over a new leaf than during the crisp and colorful Michiana fall. Make yourself a priority by taking a break from work in the office and at home, and unwind with a new hobby – even if it’s only for a 15 minute block each day. Investing in your mental health will pay off in your career performance.