Let’s say you spend a lot of time playing video games (or some other bad habit)…
…too much time playing video games. Let’s say it is interfering with other parts of your life, and that you worry you suffer from video game addiction. Let’s say you’re trying to cut back – and want to replace video games with something else.
With that in mind, I made a list of hobbies that can be used to replace video games for this hypothetical video-game-addict (sorted into a few general categories). If this is you, or are trying to replace some other bad habit, be sure to pick and choose.
[Keep in mind that some of these are difficult or impossible in the middle of a pandemic.]
Education and Skills – Anything to do with learning more, or improving a specific skill.
- Listening to podcasts
- Public Speaking
- Learn a second language
- Learn memory techniques
- Take classes (online or offline)
- Trade Skills (Woodworking, Metalworking, Crafting, etc.)
- Learn how to give massages (your partner will thank you)
- Astronomy and Stargazing
- Pursuit Driving/Advanced Driving
Art and Creative Expression – Anything to do with creating something new, or experiencing art made by other people.
- Start a podcast
- Video editing
- Graphic Design
- Listening to music
- Learn to play a musical instrument
- Writing music
- Improv and Stand-up comedy
- Acting and theater
- Sewing and making clothes
- Sculpting and carving
Social Life and Relationships – Anything involving meeting new people or forming new relationships.
- Reconnect with old friends
- Join a club
- Start a club
- Go to festivals and conferences
- Volunteering and activism
Money and Finance – Anything to do with making money or learning how to make money.
- Learn marketing
- SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
- Start a business or side gig
- Become a coach or trainer
- Flipping/Ebay selling
Health and Fitness – Anything to do with moving your body or improving your physical well-being.
- Sleep (no seriously, you probably need more)
- Martial Arts
- Rock Climbing
- Group fitness
- Join a solo sport (Bowling, Golf)
- Join a team sport (Basketball, Volleyball)
- Tai Chi
- Skydiving and Base Jumping
- Boating (Kayaking, Sailing, River Rafting)
- Wilderness and survival training
Games – Anything to do with games other than video games.
- Board games
- Tabletop games
- Rubix Cubes and puzzles
- Card games
- Chess and Go
Home and Garden – Anything to do with improving your home, or making the space you live in your own.
- Plant a garden
- Cooking and baking
- Digitize your life (Lifelogging, Build a Second Brain)
- Architecture and design
- DIY skills
Lifestyle and Traveling – Anything to do with new experiences and seeing new places.
- Visit the library
- Visit museums and galleries
- Visit a restaurant you’ve never been to before
- Visit a town or city you’ve never been to before
- Travel to another country
- Start a collection
Wisdom and Reflection – Anything to do with improving your mindset, or turning knowledge into lessons.
- Lucid Dreaming
- Start a journal or diary
- Make a bucket list (or Impossible List)
- Practice gratitude every day
- Reflect on life lessons you’ve learned
- Teach others what you’ve learned
There are literally hundreds of other hobbies you could pick up – but there is one activity that is more important than any of the above:
- Play the game of life to win – You only have one life. You can’t restart, or do things over. Wherever possible, avoid games where you learn nothing or win nothing in the end. Make your own game, and play to win.