Looking for ways to burn a few hours per week

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So I am looking to fill a few hours per week and have been thinking about pursuing one of the following goals / hobbies:

1) Pilots license
2) Some form of martial arts (not sure which yet)
3) Taking up guitar, violin or possibly piano
4) CFA
5) Part time masters degree in something like art or art history

I am super busy at work, but when I have down time, I want to fill my time with something productive...family guy just won't cut it. Depending on the hobby/goal, I can commit anywhere from 5-20 hours per week (big range I know, but I can study for CFA on lunch break or late at night, whereas I cannot bank hours towards my pilots license in this time)...

Thoughts?

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Jun 26, 2012

I have my pilots license. Highly recommend it. I find flying to be very peaceful so its a good way to de-stress after a long day at work.

Jun 26, 2012

Golf -- or learn to. You don't want to be that guy who turns down a round with exec's because you can't play.

Jun 26, 2012
Poff:

Golf -- or learn to. You don't want to be that guy who turns down a round with exec's because you can't play.

For the love of god this...I live in FLA and right now am that guy...

If the glove don't fit, you must acquit!

Jun 26, 2012
BuyersRemorse:

So I am looking to fill a few hours per week and have been thinking about pursuing one of the following goals / hobbies:

1) Pilots license
2) Some form of martial arts (not sure which yet)
3) Taking up guitar, violin or possibly piano
4) CFA
5) Part time masters degree in something like art or art history

I am super busy at work, but when I have down time, I want to fill my time with something productive...family guy just won't cut it. Depending on the hobby/goal, I can commit anywhere from 5-20 hours per week (big range I know, but I can study for CFA on lunch break or late at night, whereas I cannot bank hours towards my pilots license in this time)...

Thoughts?

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Jun 26, 2012

golf...lessons and everything

I eat success for breakfast...with skim milk

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Jun 26, 2012

I've thought about an online masters is something silly, just for shits. Still might do that actually.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Jun 26, 2012
happypantsmcgee:

I've thought about an online masters is something silly, just for shits. Still might do that actually.

It's not silly...I learn better when I learn in a structured way, so another masters degree (if I can do it cheaply) might make sense.

The other thing I want to add to the list:
Explore startup ideas

So now the list looks like this:

1) Pilots license
2) Some form of martial arts (not sure which yet)
3) Taking up guitar, violin or possibly piano
4) CFA
5) Part time masters degree in something like art or art history
6) Explore startup ideas

Jun 26, 2012

Carpentry if you have the space. No Cell phone and No watch, you'll see how lost you can get in craftmenship.

Whenever I need to get Lost in my mind and chill out. I'll go to my family cabin upstate and build something...whether it is a bookcase or simple replacement for something in the cabin

Eventus stultorum magister.

Jun 26, 2012
Johnny Ringo:

Carpentry if you have the space. No Cell phone and No watch, you'll see how lost you can get in craftmenship.

Whenever I need to get Lost in my mind and chill out. I'll go to my family cabin upstate and build something...whether it is a bookcase or simple replacement for something in the cabin

Not shoot Injuns?

I eat success for breakfast...with skim milk

Jun 26, 2012
TonyPerkis:
Johnny Ringo:

Carpentry if you have the space. No Cell phone and No watch, you'll see how lost you can get in craftmenship.

Whenever I need to get Lost in my mind and chill out. I'll go to my family cabin upstate and build something...whether it is a bookcase or simple replacement for something in the cabin

Not shoot Injuns?

Injuns? who are you andrew jackson?

Eventus stultorum magister.

Jun 26, 2012

Flying is fun but costs and can be a pain depending on where you are in relation to an airfield. Martial arts, especially striking-based ones, are great once you've been at it for a while and can start sparring, be careful if you are 25+ as you can hurt yourself pretty easily. If you haven't played a musical instrument by now, you're probably too behind, especially with all the Asians who took Suzuki lessons. CFA has been done to death on WSO. If you like art, go to museums, if you have money to consider a masters you can get yourself into openings, master's classes or scholarly lectures.

Golf is also location dependent but useful. Squash is a great year round hobby. Sailing and motorcycling are awesome leisure activities that can be done in a group or individually, but are seasonal.

Jun 26, 2012
monkeyc:

especially with all the Asians who took Suzuki lessons

If Asian people took more Suzuki lessons maybe the roads would be a bit safer.

Jun 26, 2012

CFA is not a hobby...

I would go for something musical... it will help develop a different part of your brain and chicks like guys who can play an instrument.

Jun 26, 2012
Relinquis:

CFA is not a hobby...

Nor is a masters degree...What I am looking for could be a hobby, or some objective / goal. Bottom line, should be interesting, worthwhile and help me take my mind off work to some extent.

Jun 26, 2012
BuyersRemorse:
Relinquis:

CFA is not a hobby...

Nor is a masters degree...What I am looking for could be a hobby, or some objective / goal. Bottom line, should be interesting, worthwhile and help me take my mind off work to some extent.

If you work in finance the CFA programme won't take your mind off work. If you don't work in finance, you shouldn't be pursuing the CFA charter. I'm not discouraging your from taking the exams if you want to be an investment analyst, but do something else to take your mind off work.

Doing something different from your current activities will add more to your life & enjoyment (i.e. higher marginal returns) than doing something very similar to what you currently do. So if you play a lot of sports, pick up a guitar or sit at a piano, if you haven't broken a sweat in 6 months, take ju jitsu lessons or start running.

If you don't have a girlfriend, start asking girls out. (or guys if that's your thing).

Jun 26, 2012

GIRLFRIEND

Jun 26, 2012

I'd say a martial art (but do your research). Boxing is an amazing stress relief and a lot of fun (even for us beginners). Also, a musical instrument is a great way to change things up. Keep in mind you are not competing against anyone else and what you choose as a hobby is something you do for yourself, so it's never too late.

Jun 26, 2012

Let me clarify. I've also pursued CFA, have a small family, can play guitar (average / intermediate at best) and have recently taken up boxing. All these things have added to my life, and I'm thinking about taking up CFA again (to sit for L2).

My brother is much more artistic and gifted in music than I am, he can spend hours on the guitar and keep learning and teaching and loves it. I'm not that guy, so as a hobby it never really went past a certain point. I've been doing boxing for a few months and can say without a doubt that it fits my personality way better. It's the one thing I truly do just for myself without caring at all what anyone else thinks of my choice or progress. It's liberating because when I'm there, I'm in the zone. I think that's what you have to find, a hobby or interest where once you engage you are just in the zone...

Jun 26, 2012

lift.

Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?

Jun 26, 2012
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