One of Lobenstine’s key suggestions is to limit yourself to pursuing 4 interests at a time. One can be a career interest and the other three can be personal interests, or you can mix it up differently, but career + hobbies should fall into 4 categories, unless you can work more hobbies into your career. You can rotate different things into your sampler of interests whenever you like.
I find, though, that thanks to my chronic illness and the extreme fatigue that comes with it, as well as the higher priority self-care must have in my life, that I can’t just pursue 4 things like work, improv, singing, and crochet. (Which leaves out so many ways I like to spend my time, including gaming, gardening, reading…)
Because of my illness, my sampler needs to look more like this:
- Work or school
Self-care: food prep, exercise, hygiene
Home care: laundry, picking up, grocery shopping
ONE PERSONAL INTEREST.
This means I can only be intensely focused on one thing at a time, and it bums me right out. So I’m looking for ways to deal with it. One way is to rotate that one thing VERY rapidly – like “Today is an improv day. Tomorrow will be a video game day. The next day will be a crafting day.” And that’s sort of where I’m at right now.
The other is to combine things. For example, reading on my bus commute; crocheting while loading screens are coming up on video games.
I think I need to consciously utilize these two techniques to keep from feeling like I can’t have hobbies/interests.