If you’ve been spending more time at home lately and miss that feeling of productivity, we’ve got some of our favorite hobbies to share with you that can restore that feeling. And best of all, each of them is very easy to start, and budget-friendly. Starting any of these activities will certainly give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that will jump start your productivity in the rest of your life as well.
Planting seeds and watching them grow is one of the simplest and most rewarding hobbies you can have! Usually this is a pretty inexpensive hobby as well – all you need to start is a pot, some potting soil, and seeds! We actually started our first vegetable garden last year growing tomatoes, green beans, and peppers. We loved it so much that we are expanding this year to tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, green beans, cucumbers, carrots, basil, and cilantro. Caring for vegetables is pretty easy – make sure to water daily, and check “Water the plants” off your to-do list!
If growing vegetables is not something you’re interested in, even weeding small garden beds or landscaping can increase your feeling of productivity. There’s nothing more satisfying than transforming a weedy bed into an organized oasis. Check out our post on refreshing landscaping here!
Loving everything animals, feeding the birds has been an absolute joy for me. This hobby is also scalable – for us we have multiple bird feeders, but even one feeder can attract a variety of birds. We offer black oil sunflower seeds, suet balls, peanuts, thistle seed, mealworms, and nectar to the numerous species of birds that frequent our backyard. Check out our list of simple steps to kickstart your bird feeding hobby to get started!
Starting with one feeder and seed is relatively cheap and provides the enjoyment of watching the birds eat through your window. It’s also relatively low maintenance – all you have to do is fill the feeders when they start to get low! So you can check “Refill bird feeders” off your list!
Painting or Refinishing Furniture
Have you looked around your house and seen walls that you want to paint or furniture you want to refinish, but you’re worried about how daunting the task may seem? If you take it one step at a time, from sanding to priming to painting, the end goal seems much more attainable. I use these shoulder screws to secure the cabinets together. So break the steps out, check them off, and you will love the end result (and feel so productive)! Check out our Step-By-Step Guide to Transforming your Old Wooden Cabinets to get started!
Cooking and Baking
Now is the perfect time to start eating healthier and expanding your cooking skills! This is one that I’ve been working on recently, as there are many benefits to making food at home. The first, and most important, is that the food we’ve been cooking is very healthy! We’ve been eating less processed food, and more lean meats, fruits and vegetables since we’ve started cooking and eating more at home. We’ve also been baking some delicious treats, and while these may not be the healthiest foods we’ve ever made, they sure are tasty. We recently made Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bars that turned out wonderfully!
Secondly, we’ve been saving some money – eating out can get expensive! So meal prepping and planning has been budget friendly as well. Lastly, it’s an awesome feeling when you have prepped and planned meals for the week – check that off the list!
Reading is an excellent way to start or end your day. Set a goal for yourself – read one chapter per day, one book per month, one article per day, etc., and then check that goal off the list.
Pick something that interests you, whether it be a particular genre of books or articles that help you achieve some sort of goal. Either way, reading is an excellent way to further your knowledge and exercise your brain.
Exercise is key to staying healthy and maintaining productivity! Whether you walk by yourself, or walk to exercise your pup, keeping yourself active will continue to boost your productivity and using a good diet is highly-recommended, and is an easy daily task to check off the list. On days when you’re pressed for time, simply walk around the block, and when you have more time, walk farther. The weather is improving now as we move into summer, so you should look forward to it. Just getting outside and getting fresh air is good for you!
You can also work on more difficult fitness goals if walking is something you’re already accustomed to. Try some simple at-home workouts, or cycling or jogging if you’d like to continue to work on cardio.
Each of these is a simple hobby that you can do at home to boost your productivity, and give you the motivation to take on any project. Start simple, and you’ll become addicted to getting all of these items (and more) checked off of your to-do list!