Most people work an average of 47 hours a week, which means most of the population has very little time to themselves. A lack of work-life balance makes it difficult to pursue your passion projects. But all you need is one rainy day to kick start your project into something substantial.
If you ever find yourself stuck inside on a rainy day with nothing to do, consider starting one—or several—of these six passion project ideas that may even lead to a lucrative side hustle.
Start a Novel
Starting a novel from scratch is the most challenging aspect of novel-writing because it often feels overwhelming. That’s why a rainy day is a perfect time to begin a novel.
By dedicating your entire day to the beginning stages of novel-writing, you’ll find that the process gets much easier from there. Take the time to slowly figure out the outlining process, the plot, and your characters. This creative phase will stir your imagination, which is all it takes to start a novel passion project.
Even if you haven’t started the actual novel by the end of the day, don’t worry. Your passion project will stay on course with a detailed outline—even if you spend an hour or two a day on it going forward.
Open a Business
If you already have a dedicated hobby, it might be time to make it a business. Starting an online e-commerce business isn’t as intimidating as it seems. As long as you see yourself creating a product or offering a service to the public, you can do it.
Start by considering what you want to sell. If you already create products as a result of your hobbies, like drawings and sculptures, consider making that a product.
If you’re an expert in a certain industry, you could also consider selling your expertise as a service. This ranges from consulting to freelancing. For example, if you’ve been working in the business management industry for a while, start by charging industry newcomers a consultation fee in exchange for your advice.
Starting an online shop requires some help, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with some WordPress hosting providers to get your website up-and-running. Hosting providers help keep your e-commerce business safe, secure, and reliable.
Start a Blog
Blogs are a fantastic way to fuel your creativity publicly. The possibilities are endless; you can write film reviews, beauty tips, or a general outlet for your opinions.
If you want to start a simple blog, plenty of online blogging platforms let you post for free. If you want a custom domain name or extra customization options, you may have to purchase a premium plan with the platform.
Blogging is a free and simple way to express yourself, and the social aspect will keep you engaged with like-minded individuals. Regardless of what you choose to write, you have the opportunity to spark a conversation, which is a great way to spend a rainy day.
Once you get into the flow of blogging, it’ll feel easier to commit to the process long-term. All it takes is a few moments after work for a compelling blog post.
We all learn new things every day, but when was the last time you learned a particularly complex concept? One of your rainy day activities should involve learning something you’ve always wanted to know.
Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about leaving your cozy home to do this. Websites that offer college-level classes give you access to a knowledgeable teacher and a structured course. Many Ivy League schools like Harvard offer free lectures online.
While many classes are designed as multiple-week courses, you can check out the hour-long lectures for a high-level overview of a subject you’re interested in.
Virtual learning starts with a simple search. Whatever you’re interested in, there’s probably a detailed video that describes how to begin and master it.
Get Into a Difficult Hobby
The most popular hobbies in the United States are easy and approachable, like biking. So there’s a reason why skydiving and rock climbing are rare hobbies—they’re difficult, strenuous, and time-consuming. A rainy day off is the perfect opportunity for you to break through the learning curve of a difficult hobby.
Difficult hobbies don’t necessarily have to be strenuous. Hobbies like chess are mentally difficult and require a lot of research before starting.
If you find yourself with plenty of extra time, consider reading a comprehensive chess guide and start playing the game online. You can start by facing an AI opponent before facing real virtual opponents.
Another difficult hobby that you can do virtually is learning a language. Learning a language requires dedication, which is often hindered by a steep learning curve.
By starting the basics of a language on a rainy day, you’ll give yourself ample time to learn the basics. And learning the basics will help you commit to learning an entire language on days when you don’t have as much time.
Consider Yourself as a Project
Working long hours and having little time for yourself negatively impacts mood and mental health. If you’re feeling down, consider making yourself into your passion project.
Spend part of your rainy day on soothing and relaxing endeavors. For some people, this may involve taking a hot bubble bath or starting a new skincare routine. For others, this may involve going on a peaceful hike.
Then, start considering different routes towards self-improvement by writing your goals in a digital reflection journal. These goals should focus on positive changes within your career, family, and yourself. Keeping your journal digital makes it easy to reference at any point in the future.
Getting Your Passion Projects Started
Regardless of the passion projects you choose, pursuing virtual activities will make your next rainy day more productive. Once you get your project rolling, your dedication might even turn into a lucrative hobby.
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