What do you do with your time?

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What’s your hobby? Some of my friends tell me they don’t really have fun as they’re too busy to incorporate any fun activities (other than online shopping!) in their lives.

So, let me rephrase the question. How much time do you spend on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the like?

Can you quantify it?

Let’s say you spend at least 20 minutes a day scrolling through social media. Raise your hand if you’re guilty of this (like I am)!

Every time I feel the urge to look at Facebook (like when I’m waiting for the waiter to make my teh tarik), I stop to ask myself:

What can I do with the time given right now that is beneficial and entertaining?

As my hobbies include learning the English language, teaching, translating, writing, and healthy cooking (okay, I’m not an expert on this, but I’m learning to beat diabetes because a loved one has it!), I often visit websites or watch videos on YouTube that are related to these activities. Sometimes, I even download and read transcripts from my favourite podcasts.

Anybody who has a hobby can do what I do! Even if you don’t have a hobby, I’m sure you have interests you’ve always wanted to explore! Why not make use of the time spent waiting for the LRT or your teh tarik to arrive by reading or learning more about, say, essential oils, diabetes, relationships, or how to make kinetic sand?

There are thousands of English blogs and YouTube channels on every topic under the sun. Why not use those few minutes you have to spare to look them up? Before you know it, you’re learning English and a new hobby at the same time. Two birds, one stone! Who says learning the English language has to involve reading and memorising that dull high school grammar textbook?

So there you have it. In the last time that I had 20 minutes to spare, I discovered that eating a plant-based diet is best for fighting diabetes and I got my teh tarik.

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Hmm, maybe I need to give up my teh tarik if I’m supposed to be a role model for diabetics! Oh my…

Until next time!

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We’re Azimah, Amnah and Aisya from Malaysia. We created My English Matters as an online platform to help people improve their English.

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