Finding Time to Hobby

If you haven’t noticed it’s been a while since I’ve posted regularly. Life unfortunately can get busy. Who ever thought that adulting could be so difficult. As children we often assume that when we grow up we can do what we want when we want and no one can tell us otherwise. We quickly learn that the only time in our life that this is the case is in college.

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How do you find time to hobby when life is busy?

For the last month and a half I’ve been putting in about 55-60 hours of work in my day job and that leaves very little time for my family responsibilities. In that time I have not been able to even go to my local game store Fate and Fury Games, but once or twice.

With my busy life schedule I was unable to make the game sessions, which was unfortunate since it was smack dab in the middle of Strikezone Wotan. I was able to play two games of Wotan, but after that life just got too busy. I found myself snooping the forums and reading other peoples blogs, but I had no time to post anything myself.

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I decided to focus on painting, at least at first. I painted a bunch of the Adeptus Mechanicus rangers I built. I also bought another box and made some Skirmishers so I would have 10 of each. I base coated and painted them for quite a while.

I had a few hours a night to myself for a long time and I had to make a decision. Do I spend it by myself in my hobby room or do I spend time with my wife? This can be a tough decision. When she has a hobby going on we sit quietly next to each other and chat idly as we work, but she hasn’t been working on anything lately. I found myself doing almost nothing in my hobby room.

Dealing with Burnout

At this point I was hit with burnout. That age old enemy of any hobbyist. It felt pointless to paint troops when I wasn’t even playing. I allowed my paints to sit dormant and my brushes to dry out all the way. Which had not happened in quite a while. I started watching more shows and wasting my personal time far more than normal.

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Burnout paired with lack of personal time drove me crazy. Dealing with hobby burnout is normal for everyone. In my time as a hobbyist I find the best way to deal with it is to let it pass on its own. If you don’t feel like painting for a while then don’t paint. If you want to try a new game for a while play something different.

We all plays strategic tabletop games for different reasons, but we all have other interests and demands in our lives. Allow them to take precedent sometimes. If you push too hard in any one thing you will burn yourself out completely and then you will end up selling all your miniatures and never coming back.

The most important thing for all of us is to understand that this feeling will pass and you will be driven to paint that whole army once again. Let the feelings run their course and you will feel better soon. Let them gather dust for a time while you do something else, but don’t abandon them. Come back in a week or two or three and look at that color palate with a different perspective. Maybe a slight change of color or theme is all you need to bring you back into it a little while later.

As with anything in life balance is very important. When you are at work be at work. When you are at home be at home with your family. When its time to hobby focus just on the hobby. Maintain a good balance in your life and you will be much happier.

Anyway, I’ve been rambling for long enough. The main point of all of this is that I am going to be back and posting regularly again.

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