A while back, I wrote about carving out time for amateur radio. Well, I just ran into another article along those lines titled,”A Geek’s Guide to Budgeting Hobbies.” The difference is that this article talks about budgeting funds as well as budgeting time. The following are the bits of advice that I found the most interesting or useful:
- Budget at least 15 minutes per day for each hobby.
- Take a day or two of your vacation time every year to work on a hobby.
- Learn a new skill every year. For example, I have decided that, in 2012, I’m going to learn how to do antenna modeling.
- Don’t overspend right off the bat. The example they use is photography, noting that buying a $5,000 DSLR camera isn’t going to make a newbie a great photographer. Same goes for amateur radio. Buying a $5,000 K3 right after you get your Tech ticket isn’t going to automatically make you a great ham.