Alright, today starts day 1. I started off by getting up semi early and doing some research. A few articles had some great insight on productive hobbies and habits. There was a surprising number that I had started to attempt without even knowing the benefits. One being blogging/journaling. It is said to be a great motivator, as well as improving brain functionality and creativity. You can also get to know yourself better by writing, and boost your linguistic ability. After a few hours of research, I decided on which hobbies I would dedicate my time to on a daily basis. There are a few things that are also great for you, but just aren’t a daily thing.
Here’s the list of top activities that grow your brain and self (most articles discussed the fact that people are not usually born with a set amount of intelligence, it’s something you can grow).
Daily Brain Boosting Activities
Exercise: 30 minutes
Play an Instrument: 20 minutes
Read: 20 minutes
Mind Games (Sudoku/Chess): 10 minutes
Meditation: 10 minutes
Learn a new language: 1 hour
Write/Journal: 10 minutes
Learn to Code: 20 minutes
And that comes to a grand total of 3 hours per day of productive brain boosting activity. Many people easily spend that amount of time watching television each day. I know I was guilty of that as well. I personalized this list, though it does include almost every top hobby people should do. Other beneficial activities include cooking, photography, playing with a pet, dancing, juggling, volunteering, Improv Comedy, travel, crafts, etc. I hope to incorporate many of these, as either part of a daily goal, or it’s just something that’s hard to commit to daily, like travel. I plan to travel, but I can’t make a daily commitment to it. Also things like cooking, I already do on a daily basis, but I don’t need to set a time frame.
I have already started on some of them, such as playing an instrument. I have started playing the Violin for the past year now, but it has been sporatic and not consistent. I’ve been reading more, but I want to stick to it. I’m currently reading The Five Rings (The Art of Strategy). I have just started to learn about coding, and I think that would be a great investment of time. As well, I have been learning Japanese for over a year, and have seen great benefits from it. I have immensely enjoyed learning it, and think it is a great investment. I plan to become fluent, and I know this will require a lot of consistent practice.
If you are interested in further reading, I have put the links to a few of the articles below. Great reference and motivation for starting up your own hobby.
Now lets get this journey started 🙂