This came up a bit ago on The Dice Tower, and it’s an interesting topic for nerds. There are times when a hobby becomes a collection or when a collection becomes a hobby. A couple of examples of this:I have a lot of comic books, […]
If you’re like me when it comes to nerding, you probably find that your eyes are often bigger than your stomach, so to speak. There are so many wonderful nerdy things to do, but a limited time for them. When you’re not engaging in nerdy pursuits, there are friends to visit, chores to do, errands to run…and of course, a job you need in order to purchase the necessary components for nerdy activities. And, you know, other important stuff, like food.
As my life seems to constantly be getting busier despite my efforts to make it the opposite, I’ve come to realize that things are probably never going to slow down, and if I want to do anything nerdy amidst all the hullabaloo, I’m going to have get creative about it. But luckily, we nerds are good at that. Here are some of the ways I’ve found to fit nerdy fun into an overbusy schedule:
This is a fairly obvious one, but an important one nonetheless. Sometimes, in order to find time for nerdy activities, you have to create time where none apparently exists (case in point: I’m writing this blog post after my calligraphy class, whilst watching Critical Role. Procrastinate? Me?! Never…).
A good strategy for this is thinking about how you can fill the downtime/waiting time you inevitably have in a given week with something you want to do. For example, you could get some reading done on the bus or subway, or listen to podcasts during your lunch break. You could watch your favorite vlog while you’re getting ready for work, play a little Gameboy or PSP while waiting in line, or knit a few more rows on your Doctor Who scarf while you’re riding shotgun on the way to a friend’s place. Little pockets of dead time pop up on a daily basis, and taking advantage of them is the perfect way to fit a little nerdery into your week.
Turning friend time into nerdy time
You should spend time with your friends no matter what — so why not ask them to join in the nerdy shenanigans with you, and take part in a nerdy thing you love with people you love hanging out with? Invite friends over for a game night, get together for a themed party, or go out to see that sci-fi flick you’ve been looking forward to watching. The possibilities are endless!
If your friends are already nerdy, this sort of thing will happen naturally on a regular basis, but it’s also a great way to introduce friends to nerdy pursuits they may not have discovered yet. And if your friends are (gasp!) not very nerdy, well…they are. They just don’t know it yet. And it’s up to you to show them!
Focusing on one nerdy activity for a while
This is a strategy I’ve just started putting into practice (and need to start doing more, to be quite honest). Personally, I’m into books, shows, movies, vlogs, writing, video games, anime, manga, comics, board games, role-playing games, drawing, and crafts. For a start. And I know I’m not the only one who has more nerdy interests than they know what to do with. And, of course, since I love it all, I want to do it all (simultaneously, sometimes). But before I even begin, I get overwhelmed by the sheer possibilities, and end up doing none of them as I squander my precious free time trying to figure out where to start.
This strategy is a pretty simple one — think about the interests you’d like to pursue, pick one of them (yes, just ONE; you can do it! I believe in you!) and focus on it for a week, or a few weeks, or even a couple of months. Once you’ve spent some time beating a video game, switch to catching up on your favorite show, and then to starting a new book series. This way, you eliminate the decision paralysis problem we know so well, and get to devote good, focused time to something you really enjoy doing. And even though you’ll feel like you’re doing less, the idea behind this strategy is that you’ll accomplish a lot more than you would otherwise, because you’re intentionally choosing to engage with something instead of taking things as they come while waiting for the day when you’ll finally have enough free time (a day which, in all probability, will never come anyway).
So there you have it! These are few of the ways that I find time to at least get closer to doing the amount of nerdy stuff I want to do. What are some ways you’ve found to fit more nerdery into your life? Share with us in the comments!
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