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Spending time on personal activities can provide a sense of accomplishment and a break from the daily grind. Hobbies can also improve physical and mental health in a variety of ways.

People with tight schedules may think they are too busy to indulge in hobbies. In such cases, individuals should look for activities that do not require too much of a time commitment.

Photography: Photos can be taken just about anywhere and anytime, making photography ideal for busy people. Thanks to advances in cell phone cameras, individuals don’t even need a high-tech or expensive camera to take great pictures.

Cooking: Everyone needs to eat, which makes cooking a very useful hobby. Many people who cook for fun also note how relaxing it can be to cook a delicious meal.

Organize music playlists: People who love music can take advantage of the many music streaming services to organize their own archives. Discover new music or find old favorites, then create digital playlists for everyday activities like backyard barbecues or commuting. Various streaming sites allow users to make playlists public so that they can be shared with others who enjoy the same musical genres.

Reading: The benefits of reading are many. Reading builds readers’ vocabulary, can teach them about current events, provides them with an escape, and also serves as exercise for the brain, potentially delaying age-related cognitive decline. Reading can be a solitary endeavor done during short or long periods of free time. It can also be shared with others through book clubs and other book groups.

Scrapbooking: Photographs are now systematically relegated to the cloud, where they linger in a kind of digital limbo. Scrapbooking inspires people not only to print their photos, but also to get creative by associating them with drawings, sayings and other keepsakes.