It’s no secret that life is incredibly overwhelming at times, especially in your 30s. Suddenly it feels like life is moving a million miles a minute, and you just need a second to breathe.
Well, if you’re one of those women that struggle to take time for yourself and relax, I’m here to tell you that it’s time to get a hobby!
Finding a hobby, big or small, can have great benefits to both your physical and mental health, especially when you incorporate the activity into your everyday routine.
When you’re doing something you enjoy, those few minutes or hours can become the most memorable part of your day.
Picking a hobby can be incredibly daunting, though, when you aren’t quite sure what you want to try.
That’s why I’ve put together a list of the best hobbies for women in their 30s, with everything from getting active activities to not having to leave your bed.
In this post:
- 5 most life-changing hobbies
- Active hobbies for women
- Relaxing hobbies for women
- Exciting hobbies for women
5 Most Life-Changing Hobbies
A lot of people think that meditation is just sitting with your legs crossed and saying “aum.” It’s way more than that, though, especially when you take the time to do it correctly.
Meditation as a daily hobby can be a terrific way to reset yourself throughout different points of your day. Are you super stressed after a meeting?
Bad phone call with your mom? Take a few minutes at your desk or even an empty spot on the floor to center yourself.
There are great meditation apps that offer guided meditations, as well as tutorials on YouTube, or you can just practice your breathing until you feel you can continue with your day.
Taking up meditation as a hobby has the power to change your mood in seconds, and in the long run, it can have long-lasting benefits to your mental health if you take the time to stick with it.
2. Learning a new language
Not only is learning a new language a great hobby because it exercises your brain, but it also is an amazing way to introduce yourself to new perspectives, cultures, and people.
Maybe you want to speak the language in a country you wish to visit someday, or perhaps you just want to be able to watch a foreign movie without subtitles.
Learning a new language as a woman in your 30s can really revamp your life and open new doors.
It’s so easy for life to start to feel stagnant, but learning a new language means that you can visit new places and try a world of new foods, music, movies, literature, and more.
It isn’t just a hobby that passes the time, it’s also a skill that can enrich your life in ways you previously didn’t think possible.
When life starts to overwhelm me, I like to take some time out of my day to just write. While I prefer to do this on the computer, picking out a cute notebook, a nice pen, and just sitting down is incredibly cathartic.
If you’re a woman like me, we both struggle to keep up with our thoughts while writing.
Journaling and getting out as many thoughts as I can, even if they make no sense, is a great way to slow down and acknowledge your feelings.
Much like meditation, journaling can have benefits that extend beyond just passing the time. Journaling has improved my ability to explain my emotions in difficult situations or recognize the root of a problem.
It’s a hobby that makes you feel better in the moment, but also provides effective self-care skills in the long run.
Maybe from all the journaling you’re doing, you realize you have some interesting advice or a unique perspective to offer.
Blogging as a side hobby can be a super exciting way to share things you’re passionate about with the world. Maybe you happen to love knitting… consider starting a blog with different tutorials and patterns.
Or maybe you’re a professional in a certain field. Women are always looking for other inspirational women to share information with, so starting a blog giving tips in your area of expertise could end up helping so many other women in their 30s.
My roommate would always take the time out of her day to cook dinner, because even if her day was awful, she knew she could go home and make herself a good meal… it gave her something to look forward to.
It’s also a super fun way to learn a new skill; even if you’re super advanced in the kitchen, there are always new dishes or techniques to try.
Sometimes, cooking can seem like a chore, but finding ways to try new things in the kitchen is a great way to turn a seemingly annoying task into a fun and interesting hobby.
Active Hobbies For Women
If you’re anything like me, you hate feeling lazy, but sometimes it’s hard to encourage yourself to get out and get active.
Taking up a more active hobby can be wonderful for your physical and mental health, but it can also just be a great way to let yourself escape from life for a bit.
I know, I know… what woman in their 30s wants to suddenly take up running as a hobby? Hear me out! I’m not saying run a marathon (unless you want to!) but going even for a half-mile light jog can help relieve so much stress from your body.
Running is also a great hobby because you can set milestones to push yourself, so you don’t get complacent. Try running a certain mile one week, or maybe for 5 minutes straight, and then the next week add a half-mile or another 5 minutes.
Having a hobby that you can keep improving upon will help keep it from seeming like the same task every day. Runners’ high is a real thing, I promise, you just have to stick with it long enough to find it.
While I am very pro-running for other people, it just isn’t for me- biking is way more my style. When quarantine began in March of 2020, I started biking every day to get out of my house and out of my head.
It was a great way to explore areas I hadn’t been to before, but also made the world slip away for a little while. I understand that as a woman in your 30s you may want to escape for a bit, but maybe after a long day of work you don’t want to go home and throw on running shoes.
Biking is a super great hobby to get active, but you can also take it easy with a stroll down the sidewalk.
Hiking as a hobby is great for the body, and even better for the soul. It’s great exercise, don’t get me wrong, but it’s also healing to be out in nature, surrounded by trees, animals, streams, lakes, etc.
If you’re lucky enough to have beautiful hiking trails near you, I really do encourage you to take up hiking as a hobby.
It can be as long or as short as you choose, but just remember that paying attention to the great outdoors can help distract you from how far you’re walking!
Who doesn’t love a good dance party? Dancing for fun can be super freeing and also helps bring out your creative side!
I personally really love to play Just Dance on my Xbox, but I also look up easy dance tutorials on YouTube to try out from time to time.
If you’re feeling particularly outgoing, sign up for a dance class! I promise you that other women in their 30s also want to dance, and forming a group to learn a new skill can be challenging and therapeutic at the same time.
10. Martial arts
Martial arts is an awesome hobby to try out because as a woman you can never be too safe, even in your 30s.
Not only are martial arts an excellent way to get physical exercise as a hobby, but it’s also a great way to learn self-defense.
As women, I think it’s great for us to learn how to defend ourselves, but also understand the strength we have in our bodies. Martial arts is tough on the mind and body, but it’s a hobby that will make you feel as strong as you are within.
For an entire summer, my mom and I would go on walks every night. Not only is walking a super great exercise, but it’s also very relaxing.
It’s so fun to go explore different areas you haven’t seen before, and all places look different on foot than when you’re driving past.
Walking is also a great hobby for your mental health just as much as your physical health.
When I feel like the world is getting to be too much, I like to throw on some headphones and clear my head on a walk. It’s a great hobby to do by yourself or with a friend.
I actually just started going to the gym and lifting weights. Granted, they’re very light weights, but they’re weights!
Weightlifting is honestly one of the hardest mental and physical challenges I’ve given myself in a long time, and as I said, they’re not even that heavy!
Really though, weightlifting has become such a great hobby for me because it makes me feel so much stronger – and I don’t just mean physically.
Pushing myself to squat more and more weight from one week to the next has helped me gain confidence in myself as a young woman, and what woman in their 30s doesn’t deserve a little extra confidence boost?
If you’re looking for a hobby to push yourself both mentally and physically, well, I sincerely suggest you give this a try.
13. Joining a recreational league for a certain sport
Playing volleyball in high school did wonders for me. It gave me a routine that pushed me physically and was also just a super fun way to be with friends.
Joining a recreational team for a sport you used to play, or even a sport you want to play is a super exciting hobby to try out.
I know it can be a little nerve-wracking, but everyone has to start somewhere! Do some research into women’s leagues in your area that you can try, and I bet you’ll find a group of women searching for a new hobby or community just like you!
Skiing could be either outside in the snow or on water, it just depends on where you are and the climate you live in! Skiing, however, is super fun either way.
I know women who swear by water skiing, and love the feeling of being in the water. I remember seeing my mom being pulled behind our boat on skis and thinking she looked so cool and strong.
With snow skiing, you’re also bound to see some of the most beautiful views you’ve ever encountered.
When you make skiing a hobby, in either environment, you’re able to push yourself to try new tricks or go down a different slope, or you can just go out in the great outdoors and enjoy being outside and active. It’s a hobby that’s built to fit the person.
I find surfing to be one of the most impressive hobbies because I just do not understand how people surf… I wouldn’t be able to stay up!
If you live in a place where you can make surfing a hobby, I highly suggest giving it a try. Every day and every wave would be different, and you could always try to challenge yourself with new tricks or new areas, but honestly, I think staying up would be challenging enough.
It’s also a hobby where you can get a decent tan if you do it often enough, so win-win!
Whether you take swimming to mean doing laps in a pool at the gym or floating in the pool in your community/backyard, swimming is an incredibly relaxing yet active hobby.
It’s an amazing workout but isn’t too hard on the muscles. Even if you aren’t looking for a super intense workout, just swimming around can be a great way to mindfully move your body. Also like surfing, if it’s outside you get tan… need I say more?
17. Rock climbing
What I love about this hobby is it can be as adventurous or laid back as you please. As you’re getting started, I obviously recommend going to an indoor climbing place, but if you get more comfortable and stronger, this is a hobby that has promise to take you places you’ve never been before.
You could get a group together and compete in competitions, you could go rock climbing in the mountains (safety first, of course) or you could challenge yourself with super difficult indoor courses.
It is a hobby that will allow you to progress at your own pace, but also be able to track your progress as you try different courses.
18. Kickboxing or boxing
One word for women who kickbox or box: badass. The power you’re able to feel from your body is absolutely insane, and I think it’s a great way for women in their 30s to be able to feel how strong they are, especially if they may be feeling stuck in the everyday routine of their lives.
From women I know that have tried kickboxing, they all say that it gives them a rush like no other, and that it also makes them more comfortable knowing how strong they truly are.
If you pick this up as a hobby and stick with it, I bet you’re also bound to find a good community of women around you who also love the sport.
I put this on the list for the women, like me, who think sword fighting looks cool in moves and have always wanted to try it. I know it’s not the same, but I’ve always thought it looked really cool.
On a serious note, fencing is a super-challenging sport, and I can only imagine how long it must take to get the technique down. But it’s also something super different and adventurous to try.
I highly recommend giving it a shot and turning it into a hobby that is 1) super cool and 2) super demanding physically.
20. Horseback riding
Now, I personally am terrified of horses, but I have a friend who swears that horseback riding is one of the most freeing activities she does.
I can imagine that it would be super incredible, though, to be going through nature and feeling connected to both the world and the horse.
I also think that it’s a super unique hobby for a woman in her 30s to have… so you could always flex a little bit that you have a skill not many people around you might have. Who doesn’t love a hobby and a pat on the back moment?
It’s a hobby I definitely wish I was outgoing enough to try, and while I’ll keep hyping myself up to do it, I really hope you give it a shot!
21. Jump rope
Jump rope is one of the most challenging exercises I’ve done in a long time. When I was little, I absolutely loved jump roping, but since I’ve grown up a little, it’s become a lot harder.
However, it is a hobby that makes me feel like I’ve truly accomplished something. I love how I feel when I ride a bike or go on a good walk, but the feeling after you finish that last set of jumps to your favorite hype song really is unmatched.
Like a lot of physical hobbies, it’s just as tough mentally as it is on the body, but I promise if you just give it a shot and stick with it, you might just fall in love with it.
I’ve heard a lot of people say that Pilates isn’t challenging, and to that I ask, what kind of Pilates were you doing?? The Pilates exercise videos I’ve tried just by searching them on YouTube had me pausing halfway through and re-contemplating my life.
For a woman in her 30s, I think that Pilates is a great hobby to take up because even if you can’t make it to a studio, there are plenty of videos and programs available online to help you keep up with it. Sometimes as women, we just want to stay home in our pj’s but also want to feel strong and like we’ve accomplished something.
Well, I did Pilates for the first time on a whim in my pj’s on my bedroom floor and had to shower afterwards because I was so sweaty. I did feel accomplished, though, and I bet you will too!
While I’ve never tried barre, I’ve only ever heard amazing things, and that it’s TOUGH. It’s a kind of exercise that incorporates movements from ballet, so I can only imagine the physical exertion doing it.
If you’re a woman who enjoys dancing but is maybe looking for something different to try or something a little bit more out of your comfort zone, check out a studio.
Or if you’re a woman, like me, who has absolutely no idea what they’re doing but wants to find a group of other women to feel powerful with, then I say give it a shot. It’s a hobby guaranteed to push you to your limit, but also enjoy your time doing it.
Relaxing Hobbies For Women
As important as it is to make sure you’re nurturing your body with exercise, sometimes as women, we just want to relax – especially in your 30s when it feels like everything is happening so fast.
These are some hobbies that aren’t all about getting up and getting out, most of them can even be done from your bed! The point is, nurturing your mind with some relaxation and creativity in your hobbies is just as important as physical activity.
Since I’m an English major, I’m a little biased towards books – everyone should read, in my humble opinion.
Even though reading isn’t much of a hobby for me anymore, because so much of my schooling revolves around reading, I promise it’s such a relaxing hobby. There are so many authors to read, so many characters to fall in love with, so many plots to love and hate.
Starting to read can be daunting because there are so many kinds of books to choose from. My advice if you’re going to pick up reading as a hobby is to pick some that are on the bestseller lists in a genre you think you’d like and start compiling a list of ones you liked and even the ones you hated or couldn’t get through.
From there, you can start finding authors that have similar styles or maybe you realize you love sci-fi novels and just want to explore a particular genre. Please, though, I’m begging you… fall in love with books!
Making sewing a hobby and taking the time to perfect it is not only super relaxing once you get the hang of it, but also a practical hobby in the long run for a woman in her 30s.
Being able to sew up clothes for yourself or make alterations is a great way to save a little extra money when you can just do it on your own!
More than this, sewing is a great way to be creative and feel accomplished. Every time you master a new skill that will only improve your technique or finish a piece entirely, you can look at what you’ve created and say, “I did that,” and it’s a great feeling.
This is another hobby that I can personally attest to being very relaxing. This past winter, I decided to start knitting scarfs.
It took some time, and a lot of mistakes (still), but after I got the hang of it, I sat in bed for days (I was sick at the time) binge-watching Netflix and counting stitches.
When I was overwhelmed at school with a lot of assignments but also needed to just shut my brain off, counting stitches and trying new patterns was a super helpful way to channel my anxious energy into something else, without having to be active.
Like sewing, it was also such an amazing feeling every time I would finish a different project knowing that it was something I did all on my own.
Gardening is a great hobby for a woman in her 30s because what’s better than flexing some nice flowers in your house/apartment?
Having something to take care of and look after is a great way to focus built-up energy into something that still feels productive without having to always feel like energy needs to be put towards work or other responsibilities.
It’s also a great hobby because there is so much to learn! Having a vegetable garden, flower garden, or herb garden, all take different products or care to help thrive.
Learning how to best maintain your garden is a fun way to learn things you never knew before while also giving your brain some time to focus on something more low stress.
When I say painting is a great hobby, I in no way mean that you’re trying to be the next Picasso. Painting can be anything from abstract to paint by numbers, and it doesn’t even have to be on a canvas!
I’m currently working on a little project for a house I’m moving into where I’m painting the class from frames and then I’ll be able to hang those frames with what I’ve painted.
It isn’t anything intense, but it has been so relaxing and brought me so much joy to think about this project, find pictures I want to paint, and to actually paint.
Even just thinking about going to work on it as I type this makes me happy. A hobby isn’t just about feeling relaxed in the moment when you’re actively doing the hobby, it’s also about being your sense of peace and hope in your day. Painting is a great option for that!
While this is probably one of the most active hobbies for women in this “relaxing hobbies” section, I think it falls more into relaxing than active because yoga is all about releasing energy.
There are certainly some intense yoga programs, but for me, I’ve used yoga in the past as a hobby I go in and out of when I’m feeling stressed to help me center myself and release bad energy.
For a woman in your 30s, I imagine you’re feeling stress from a lot of different directions, and maybe you just have a hard time unwinding.
Building yoga into your routine as a hobby can help you refocus at different points of the day, so you can just let go and remind yourself to be present. It’s a great hobby to have saved in your back pocket, like I do, for when times get hard, or it’s a great hobby to do all the time as a stress-reliever!
30. Candle making
Another one of my roommates works at a candle shop where you can go in and make your own candles! She’s always talking about how much fun it is to make your own scents.
I think this could be a super relaxing hobby because you can make the scents your own and be creative.
A bonus tip to make this extra relaxing is to find scents that calm you and just have an endless array of calming candles… that way even if you can’t always find time for your hobby to go make a candle, you can have an added hobby of just burning the candles you make!
This is one of my favorite hobbies in this category for women in their 30s because I feel like it lets them bring out their inner child.
During my freshman year of college, my best friend bought me a female empowerment coloring book. Not only was it super cathartic to just color and watch TV when I was feeling stressed, but having a coloring book full of inspiring sayings, reminding me to keep my head up, was also super special.
I think coloring as a hobby can be as intense or laid back as you want it to be. This is why it’s the perfect thing to do at the end of a rough day or at your desk during a small work break as a way to free your mind and focus on creating something pretty.
My best friend embroiders as a hobby, and she loves it!
When I asked her why she finds it relaxing she told me that she can focus her energy on the details, because it is a bit more precise than knitting.
Being able to focus anxious energy on making sure that each stitch is correct helps her relax her mind for a bit.
She’s also able to express a lot of creativity and being able to embroider also makes for awesome gifts for friends! So, not only is it a relaxing hobby, but it’s also a practical one as well!
I know for a lot of women, scrapbooking can seem more like a task. Maybe you need to make a scrapbook for a baby, of you and your partner, for a gift for a friend.
In reality, when kept up with, it’s a terrific hobby to take up for a woman in her 30s! Scrapbooking doesn’t have to be about stressing out on creating something perfect, it can be a great way to capture memories from important times in your life and reflect on times you never want to forget.
I recommend starting with just a small period of time, maybe a trip you took with friends or a special birthday. Once you have all the pictures printed, just enjoy looking back on those times and feeling grateful for the time spent with special people!
Puzzles are a great hobby because you can keep coming back to them whenever you have the time. It’s also so much fun working your way up to huge and elaborate puzzles and seeing how long it takes to put them together. I love puzzles because at the end of each time, you can see how much farther you’ve come. I feel so accomplished every time I stand up from the table, and see another part of the picture or have the entire outside finished. It’s super relaxing and also a great brain break!
35. Bullet journaling
Bullet journals are super popular right now and not only are they super practical for your day-to-day life as a busy woman, they’re also great at holding you accountable.
More than this, though, they’re super relaxing to put together and fill out every day!
If you’re new to the whole bullet journaling concept, it’s essentially a journal that works as a planner, tracks workout progress, keeps up on to-do lists, and really anything else in-between! Bullet journals are incredibly flexible to fit your life.
For me, a bullet journal would probably include my everyday school schedule, additional outside of school plans, a log to track my workouts and progress, a log to track how many pages of books I read every day, books I read every month, and maybe my mood throughout the day.
The thing that’s great about them is that they help you feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of every day, and you can relax every night and set your intentions for the next day as you see how much you were able to do during your day.
Baking was 100% my relaxing hobby during quarantine. When I was feeling so trapped and overwhelmed, I would find a recipe I already had the ingredients to and just make it!
While I was only outgoing enough to try to make cookies, I was able to master a terrific peanut butter cookie – and even dabble in changing up the recipe and adding Nutella!
The point is, during that hour and a half or so of baking, I felt so peaceful. I wasn’t worried about this responsibility or that task I needed to do, I was just focused on doing something with the ingredients in front of me. Oh! And you get to eat the end result… It’s a great hobby to take up if you ask me.
37. Flipping clothes
While I have absolutely no ability to look at an article of clothing and picture it as something else, some women just do! One of my good friends spends her free time thrifting and flipping clothes into items she wants.
She told me she finds it super relaxing because you get so lost in what you’re doing that eventually your mind and body are just working without even realizing what you’re doing. You also get super cute clothes out of it!
38. Bird watching
I know what you’re thinking… bird watching? Really? Yes! Just picture it, walking in nature, looking up at the sky and trees above you, a book in hand, and your eyes peeled above you. I know it might sound lame, but bird watching is actually incredibly relaxing.
Even if you just find a nice spot to sit and plop down for a while, being focused on finding birds is a great way to distract and relax your mind.
Being that close to nature also does wonders for your mental health when you prioritize getting out, and what 30-year-old woman doesn’t need a hobby that benefits her mental health just a little?
39. Listen to podcasts
I’ve just recently hopped on the podcast train, and let me tell you, I’m obsessed. I absolutely love listening to crime podcasts, and while I know that might not seem like the most relaxing thing to listen to, it really does just let my brain get lost in the story.
I’ve also tried my hand at listening to some empowerment and self-care-focused podcasts and I love listening to other women share their stories and experiences.
For a woman in your 30s, you may want a hobby that both relaxes you but also inspires you. There are so many women out there with podcasts just waiting to share their stories with you, you just need to listen.
40. Learn calligraphy
Calligraphy is definitely a hobby that would be fun to flex. Imagine handing out birthday cards to friends and family with the most beautiful handwriting on them, and when they ask who it was, you can say that you made it.
Calligraphy can help you to aesthetically express your creativity while learning a new skill. It’s also a hobby that will allow you to grow as you learn how to work with different kinds of tools!
Just like bird watching, I’m sure your initial reaction is a flat-out “no.” What woman in her 30s wants to take up fishing as a hobby? Well, maybe you!
Being out in the water and shutting your brain off is SO relaxing, there’s a reason so many people fish for hours!
Even if you don’t catch anything, being silent and still will naturally relax your body to the point that it just becomes second nature. There’s also that pure adrenaline rush when you get a bite that makes you feel on top of the world.
This is probably next up on my list of hobbies to try. I’ve always found it so impressive when friends of mine who have tried pottery would come home with their own mugs or vases.
It’s a great way to express your creativity and channel that energy into something productive, but it’s also very relaxing as you focus on molding the clay between your hands, only really focusing on what you’re doing.
You can also then customize your product with paints and that just adds to the fun and relaxation!
Exciting Hobbies For Women
For a lot of women in their 30s, they really just want a hobby that is going to excite them and give them something to look forward to at the end of their day.
This list is a mix of hobbies that you may not have thought of that will excite that passion in you to keep coming back.
43. Learn a new instrument
With learning any new skill, deciding to learn how to play an instrument will come with its own set of challenges. As a woman in her 30s, you may find yourself dreading having to learn something from the very start.
Learning an instrument, however, is actually so exciting and fun. When you start to get the hang of it, you’ll find yourself wanting to come back and try a new chord, or even try your hand at a whole song.
The sense of accomplishment and pride you’ll feel after you master a new part of the instrument will hopefully give you that excitement you’re looking for until all you can think about is picking up that instrument again.
44. Video games
If there’s anything I’ve learned from dating someone who loves video games, it’s that they’re actually so entertaining.
They give you a massive adrenaline rush when you’re in the moment and they can be so easy to lose yourself in trying to get to the next level, or get that next medal, etc.
I know a lot of women may turn up their noses to trying video games, but I really do think it’s an easy way to try something new and just have a lot of fun!
45. Try getting into makeup
I’m no master of makeup, but I do find it super fun to go on YouTube and watch makeup reviews for certain products.
I love trying new shades, even if I have nowhere to go, and experimenting with different techniques that I see on social media.
I think makeup can be a super exciting hobby to have because you can let your creativity rein free. Seeing your vision come to life with just a few products and brushes can give you such a rush!
46. Make your own bath bombs
What woman in her 30s doesn’t need to relax with a nice bubble bath? If you’re like me, though, the price of bath bombs is enough to make you walk the other way.
Making your own bath bomb can be a very new and unique hobby to take up. It’s especially great because you can see what scents you like and don’t like to make them best suited for you.
They also make for a great homemade gift for friends and family for special occasions, especially if you know what scents they like!
47. Start writing poetry
Again, as an English major, I’m a bit partial to anything to do with writing. Writing poetry is an amazing hobby because it allows you to be so creative and expressive.
You’re able to mess around with form, punctuation, rhyme, and can just really make it your own. It’s an amazing hobby that can help you build a deeper connection with yourself and the way you tell stories or express emotions.
Whether you choose to share them, post them anonymously, or just keep them to yourself, writing poetry is definitely something worth trying.
48. Learn archery
Kind of like fencing, archery is one of those fighting skills I would see in movies and always be super impressed by.
When I was younger, I took an archery course as part of a school extracurricular, and although I don’t remember much about it, I do remember feeling super cool.
As a woman in your 30s, I imagine you may want a hobby that helps with a little bit of stress relief.
Archery is a great hobby to help blow off some steam because as you pull back the arrow, you can imagine everything that is weighing on your shoulders, and as you let go you can picture that stress leaving your body. Not to mention you’ll seem pretty cool when you tell your friends you do archery as a hobby.
49. Learn how to make your own wine
My parents used to make their own wine and it’s such a cool process to see take place! It’s super adventurous to try and you can really get to know so much about the process as you go along.
It takes a lot of trial and error but getting to the final product feels so rewarding. If you can’t tell by now, I’m also someone who likes their hobbies to be practical.
For years, my parents used the wine they’d make as gifts for people, so it really is another hobby that keeps on giving.
It may sound cheesy, but camping is a very relaxing way to become more in touch with the world around you and your inner self.
Taking the time out of a busy month to unplug for the weekend is super refreshing. I understand, though, that at 30 it may be difficult to stick with a hobby that you can do so seldomly.
However, camping is also a super flexible hobby, so consider making a trip out of it with some friends or family!
51. Restore furniture
Restoring and flipping furniture is super popular right now. If you’re like a lot of women, you may have a vision in your head of something you want but maybe you can’t find anything like it, or you’re just not willing to spend a bunch of money to buy it.
Going to thrift stores or garage sales, or even taking a look at your own furniture, and seeing what else you can do with it is bound to keep you entertained. Once you have a vision for something, it’s so easy to get caught up trying to create that vision, and it’s so rewarding when you finish it.
52. Write a book
Here we go again with the writing… I know! If poetry isn’t your thing, dabble with fiction! It doesn’t have to start big, but I find myself creating stories or characters in my head all the time.
Some women in their 30s want a hobby that is going to help them escape a little bit and writing a book can be a great way to get lost in an entirely different world for a little while.
There also is bound to be a point where you hit writer’s block, but there will also probably be a time when writing is all you can think about, and the words are just pouring out of you. It’s a feeling that can’t really be described but you won’t want to let go of it once you find it.
Now, this is a hobby that will give you a major adrenaline rush! Whether you go with people you know, or even use it as a hobby that opens you up to new people, paintball is an incredibly fun and challenging hobby.
Not only do you have to think on your feet, but you also have to be super aware of your surroundings. It can be hard to get the hang of it at first, but paintball can become a really addicting hobby if you stick with it.
54. Start a YouTube channel
This is a hobby that requires you to be a little more outgoing, and also not hate the sound of listening to your own voice on recording! So many women in their 30s are taking to YouTube as a hobby to share their lives.
Whether it’s about parenting, their job, shopping, cooking, whatever the case may be, there’s an audience for it! Starting a YouTube channel is also a hobby that will let you be super flexible depending on your everyday life.
You can film when you want, edit when you want, post when you want. Making a little community around what you’re interested in is also super fun to see come alive.
55. Start a podcast
Now, if you hate looking at yourself to edit videos, maybe try starting a podcast! Just like with YouTube, women in their 30s have a bunch of stuff to say!
There’s a bunch of crime podcasts that I listen to where women use it as a side hobby in addition to what they do as their full-time career.
Even if it isn’t about your life, you can research literally any topic that you’re interested in, and I guarantee that someone else will be interested in it too.
It’s also a super great hobby to do with a friend! Finding someone you can talk to and have a good time with just chatting about something you’re interested in is bound to be a fun time.
56. Stand-up comedy
Are you like me and think you’re super funny? Do you have a bunch of stories to share about yourself or your friends that you tell people, and they just crack up? Try stand-up! I know it’s super intimidating, but it’ll give you such an adrenaline rush!
There are a bunch of comedy clubs in cities where first-timers can go and try out their content, or maybe find a group of friends that are brutally honest and won’t just tell you you’re funny if you’re not and try a routine out on them!
This is another hobby that can help women in their 30s really escape their lives for a little bit. Improv is incredibly challenging but can be such a great way to go outside your comfort zone and try something completely new.
Kind of like with stand-up, there are improv classes where beginners can go to try it out. If there’s one thing I know about improv is “yes, and…” which is a technique used in improv to make you continue with the scenario and think on your feet.
The great part about “yes, and” is that you can learn to use it in your everyday life to help you face challenges and look at tough situations through a more problem-solving lens.
If wine making really isn’t your thing, try making other drinks! It isn’t all about just throwing different liquids in the same glass, and you really do have to pay attention to what kinds of flavors go together.
Mixology is a super unique hobby that can help you figure out what you like, try flavors outside of what you’re used to, and just have a good time!
Kind of like with cooking or baking, it’s so easy to get lost in what you’re doing that it becomes what you look forward to at the end of your day.
59. Glass blowing
This is probably one of the most challenging creative hobbies you can take up, and not just for a woman in your 30s but just in general.
You would definitely need to find someone who can teach you how to be safe, but just a quick Google search for places in your area should help!
I think this is also one of the most impressive hobbies since this is a great way to learn something completely new and different that not many people can say they ever thought about trying. Also, super beautiful pieces you can use to decorate… pretty practical hobby if you ask me!
Now, this… probably one of my favorite hobbies that I used to have. While I’m more into writing at the moment, I went through a huge photography page and found it so exciting.
Going around and seeing life through a lens really helps you put things into perspective. My favorite part about this hobby is that I would try to take beautiful photos out of less-than-beautiful landscapes or places.
It really forces you to be creative and can be such a cathartic way to see life outside of just your eyes.
If there’s anything you get from this list, I hope it’s that there are so many different hobbies for women in their 30s. Life doesn’t have to solely revolve around work, family, friends, repeat.
It’s extremely important to take time for yourself, whether that’s being active, relaxing, practicing creativity, or trying something completely out of your comfort zone- it could end up being your new favorite activity.
Use this guide to try different hobbies, even if you end up hating them! It may take some time to find where your heart thrives most, but eventually you’ll find it, you just have to be open to making time for yourself!
If you want to hear it from someone else, Hannah Cheung has a YouTube video here about the importance of hobbies!
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How Can Literature Classes in College Help You in Life
Much of the world’s historical cultures and traditions have been preserved in literary pieces that can be studied to learn about the older ways of life.
Most literary pieces contain encounters filled with various human experiences that help broaden one’s understanding of the world they live in. In a nutshell, studying literature courses can help you learn about various cultures and histories through commentaries, stories, and theories.
But, there’s more. Modern literature programs and classes are usually structured in ways that enable students to absorb a lot more.
This means that today’s literature programs can help students develop several transferable skills like essay writing, critical thinking, and more.
Thus, those students who study literature in college can learn several skills that can later be beneficial to employers. In this article, we will take a closer look at how literature classes in college can help you in life ahead.
But before we jump in, students reading this should also know that certain aspects of taking literature classes can be tough. For example, it is never easy to write great essays without a thorough knowledge of the process.
Thus, to perform better, students need all the help they can get.
Today, several digital platforms help students with their academic work. For example, students can use a top platform like Studyfy for their ‘help write my essay’ or ‘edit my essay’ services.
Using such services enables students to boost their academic performance while also giving them insights into their essay work.
In no particular order, here are 8 ways literature classes in college can help you in life.
1) You Can Improve Your Communication Skills
One of the best ways of learning to communicate better is through reading more. While studying literature, students need to continually read through various types of text like prose or poetry.
They are also provided with various study notes and are also encouraged to create their own.
Literature classes can also be very interactive and engaging. Most literature programs include discussions, debates, seminars, and more.
Overall, students would be able to learn better communication through more reading, listening, evaluating, and writing.
2) You Will Be Motivated to Weave Your Life’s Story
The main essence of any work of literature is that one can always find a story in them. This is because most literary pieces are created to record various events experienced in one’s body, mind, and surroundings.
And these experienced events are usually recorded as stories. Thus, reading more literary works can help mold the idea of ‘story creation’ early on in students.
And attending literature classes in college helps students understand the know-how of how it can be done.
3) It Can Help Improve Your Evaluation Skills
Studying literature properly is not just about plain and simple reading. But it also has a lot to do with being able to discern what one reads. And learning the art of discernment can improve one’s overall evaluation skills.
Being able to discern and evaluate then goes to help students communicate and write a whole lot better.
And this skill – of reading, evaluating, and understanding – is of paramount importance in the professional world.
4) You Can Become More Articulate
Most literary works are written in different styles because they are written by different people. And the more one reads, the more they would understand the complexities behind different writing styles.
But studying literature in college has more benefits than this.
Throughout one’s literature program, they will be put through various tests to gauge and improve their literary abilities. And one of the main abilities one can work upon is being more articulate.
This means that a good literature student would always include all the details when making any type of argument or point.
5) You Can Become a Better Writer
Yes, the ability to write well depends a lot on one’s imagination and frame of mind. But, to become a great or even good writer, one also needs to do a bit of reading.
This is because, without reading previous works, one will not be able to know the required standards for great pieces of text. And without it, one will not be able to write such that it grips their readers.
In the professional world, writers are some of the most well-paid workers. This is because they can convert heaps of information into understandable and engaging texts.
And this can help a business connect with its audience a whole lot more.
6) You Can Improve Your Interactive & Social Skills
Literature courses and programs are some of the most interactive ones around. Why? Because it involves a lot of discussions, debates, storytelling sessions, and more.
In any literature class, one can always find various types of commentaries and speeches from professors and students alike.
Literature students have the unique opportunity of digging deeper into various subject areas. And the best part is that they can do so with all of their peers together.
Learning such interactive and engagement skills from one’s classroom can help them greatly in their future careers.
7) It Can Improve Your English Skills – Better Grammar, Punctuation, & More
English is not only the most spoken but is also considered a standard language across several international communities. Thus, to grow to greater heights, sooner or later, one needs to brush up on their English skills.
Most literature programs and classes around the world are conducted in English. When one takes up a program in English, they have the opportunity of learning the language usage from the masters.
Thus, learning literature early on in life can profoundly improve one’s overall English skills, which can be crucial for career progression.
8) It Can Teach You Critical Thinking & Broaden Your Horizons
To efficiently power through a literature class or program, one needs to be able to contribute adequately. But one’s contribution is often seen as beneficial when they are also able to communicate their knowledge neatly.
A study of literature can achieve this by making students find various patterns and meanings in texts. Literature from various periods of the world also contains much information about historical cultures and traditions.
It can give a lot of insight to students about how people during different times in history were, what they did, how they thought, and more. This broadens one’s horizons and makes one look at the world in an autobiographical way.
The Bottom Line
There is no doubt that studying literature in college has several benefits for one’s life. But that being said, literature programs can be difficult in terms of learning and scoring higher grades easily.
Students should learn beforehand about all the intricacies and semantics of their desired programs. Doing so would help them know which particular literature program would be the most suitable for them.
What To Bring To College – The Ultimate 2022 College Packing List
Are you having trouble knowing what to bring to college? We’ve got you covered! Check out this essential list of what to bring to college.
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This post is all about the college packing list!
Going away for college is the beginning of a brand new journey. You are leaving home behind for three or four months to live in a place that you have never been to before.
You now have to go to classes, move into your dorm room and receive a whole new set of responsibilities since you are off on your own. This is a big transition for any college student because you are going from having to abide by your parents’ rules to forming ones of your own.
Your parents will still check in with you and make sure you are okay, but now, in college, you are allowed to become independent and make your own decisions.
Now, it is your turn to have faith in yourself and make the right choices, starting with preparing what to pack away for college. You are going to be away from home for a whole semester, so you have to make sure that you have all of the things you need.
You need accessories to jazz up your dorm room. You need enough personal care products to last the entire semester. You have to make sure that all your school supplies are packed in your backpack and that you are up to date with the latest electronics.
If you are fortunate to have your own kitchen in your dorm, you must have all of the right tools with you so that you can learn to cook your meals on campus. Through this guide to packing what you have to bring to college, you will know exactly what you need and get you on the right track!
In this article
- College Packing List for your Dorm Room
- College Packing List of School Supplies
- College Packing List of Kitchen Supplies
- Essentials for Cleaning and Bathroom
- Packing List of Personal Care Products
- Packing List of Electronics
- Food and Snacks
- Packing List of Fun Stuff
You can charge your phone and earbuds while simultaneously powering your lamp and laptop with this useful powerstrip.
It has 3 outlets, 4 USB cords, and a long, braided extension cord that is sturdy and durable.
With this handy tool, there will be no more overcrowded outlets between you and your roommates!
Keep your dorm room neat and organized with this laundry basket made by DOKEHOM.
When unfolded from its collapsed state, this hamper is 28” tall and 15” wide with aluminum handles for easy transport to the washroom.
Additionally, if you are having friends in your dorm, this laundry basket can be promptly folded up and put into your closet for easy storage.
Do you want a dorm room that always has a relaxing fragrance to it when you return after a long day of classes?
This diffuser has 8 soothing colors, 2 misting modes, and will run as long as it has water in it.
The essential oils are sold separately, but this diffuser will mark your first step into the amazing world of aromatherapy.
In your many college adventures, you always need to be prepared for any possible scenario and with this first aid kit by Johnson & Johnson, you can be one step ahead.
This kit comes with 140 pieces of emergency equipment including Band-Aids, Neosporin, hand wipes, gauzes, Benadryl itch cream, Tylenol tablets, and much, much more.
Spruce up the drab walls of your dorm with these wonderful string light decorations.
With 50 clips and 50 LED lights that stretch over 17 feet long, you can hang up all the pictures you desire.
Begin with old photos from high school, then add new ones that you took while away at college!
6. Personal Fan
Most of the time, when you have a roommate or two crammed into the same small dorm, there isn’t a lot of air circulation in your room.
This fan can change this by keeping the air flowing with its 2-speed manual control.
Due to its small size, this fan should be put on a nightstand or desk.
In college, you are going to need a good planner to help keep all of your classes, assignments, papers, and projects organized.
If you are as forgetful as I am, then this planner will do wonders for you!
It comes with 50 sheets of material and sections pertaining to certain tasks, ideas, notes, to-do lists, goals, and so on.
With this enormous pack of 60 mechanical pencils, you will probably never run out until you graduate.
This set comes with three different sized pencils ranging from thin (0.5 point) to average (0.7 point) to thick (0.9 point).
They are refillable, multicolored, and definitely an upgrade over the classic wooden pencil.
This travel laptop backpack with USB charging port is what every 15- year- old boy needs!
Comes with one separate laptop compartment which accommodates 15.6-inch laptops as well as 15-inch, 14-inch, and 13-inch laptops; one large packing compartment with plenty of space for daily needs and tech electronic accessories; and the front section comes with multiple compartments, pen pockets, and a key fob hook to keep his items organized and easily accessible.
And finally with a built in USB charger outside and built-in charging cable inside, this USB backpack offers him a more convenient way to charge his phone while walking.
10. Pen/Pencil Case
After you buy all your pens and pencils, you are going to need a cute case to store them in!
This case, made by EASTHILL, can hold up to 90 pencils or 50 pencils and has mini compartments to store all of your other trinkets.
The design is also very aesthetically pleasing and the product comes in 9 beautiful colors.
11. Office Clips Set
12. 3-Hole Punch
These might be the most gorgeous notebooks that I have ever seen.
This pack of 4 books comes with 160 pages each of A5 paper and durable double-ring binding.
However, what makes this set stand out is how aesthetically pleasing the style is!
They come in 4 lovely colors: wine red, brown, green, and ivory.
If you are the kind of person who loves to highlight their notes, these highlighters are the best tool for you.
They come in 6 pastel colors and have a clean chisel point so that you can highlight words with ease.
They are also very small, so they will fit perfectly into your pencil case.
Forget about buying regular sticky notes, this organizer might have the most impressive collection of notes that I have ever seen.
It comes with 2 sets of rectangular note pads as well as 6 sticky note index arrows.
Everything is held in a sleek leather box that comes with an added ruler!
16. 4-Pocket Binder
This is the binder that everyone should have.
It can hold up to 300 pages and has 4 expanding pockets, so you should be able to hold all of your notes, assignments, and exams.
This product is durable, so it will last you a long time, and a good size, so it will fit in your backpack nicely.
How can you bring your amazing food creations to life without the proper tools?
This set has got you covered with 33 different utensils, perfect for any type of meal you are looking to prepare.
This includes a spatula, tongs, a measuring cup, tongs, a soup ladle, and much more.
Have a lovely cooking night with your friends and roommates!
18. 2-Slice Toaster
If there isn’t a toaster in your dorm room, it may be time to get one of your own.
This toaster looks like it is straight from the 1950s.
It is a great product for a college student who loves bread and bagels as much as they love a good retro aesthetic.
It would be the perfect addition to your dorm kitchen!
Once you are done cooking, baking, and preparing your meal, you are going to have to complete the next step: straightening up your kitchen.
This set of 5 brushes by Holikme is ideal for every part of your cooking space, from scrubbing your pots and dishes to polishing your pans and countertops.
Cutting up fresh fruit and vegetables in your dorm room is impossible with a good cutting board.
This set of three cutting boards in three varying sizes is exactly what you would be looking for.
These boards are made from rubber material which makes it difficult to slice through them and they are reversible as well, so you don’t have to cut meat and produce on the same side.
Certain recipes require an exact amount of an ingredient in order for the dish to come out just the way you want it to.
If you are cooking from scratch on a weekend, this kitchen scale is the way to go!
It gives accurate measurements in ounces and pounds, so your meals will always be flawless.
This mini conversion chart is an absolute lifesaver.
With this magnet, you can convert liquid volumes and dry measurements with ease.
Unless you are the type of person who knows how many tablespoons go into a cup off the top of your head, this is the most useful accessory to stick on your mini-fridge or cabinet whenever you are cooking something new.
This durable mesh caddy made by Attmu can organize your shower in seconds.
With 8 outer compartments, you can hold your combs, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, razors, and other bathroom accouterments.
Your bathroom space will be neat and free from clutter with this necessary accessory!
This mop is small but incredibly mighty and also very easy to use!
It functions with a push pedal to wring out the mop and the mop head can simply be disinfected in the washing machine.
It is perfect for cleaning up any little messes in your dorm room before your friends come over.
Between you, your roommates, and any visitors that you may have, your dorm room is going to have a lot of trash.
These Glad trash bags are cheaper when you buy them in bulk, with this set of 90 bags costing less than 20 dollars - a bargain in my opinion.
They are also lemon-scented, great for eliminating any foul odors wafting from your trash can.
26. Linen Towel Set
This towel set is exactly what you need for the bathroom in your college dorm. These towels come in a set of 6, with 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, and 2 washcloths included. They are made with 100% cotton and are sold in a variety of colors, so be sure to choose your favorite!
If you track dirt into your dorm room, it can be quite frustrating to clean up your mess without the proper tools to do so. This broom and dustpan set is easy to use and can be easily stored in a closet or corner. There is also a comb on the inside of the dustpan so the bristles of the broom will always be clean the next time you use it!
28. Face Masks
This product is wonderful for those winter months on campus when your skin is really dry and cracked. The set includes hand lotion, body lotion, and a stick of lip balm, all made from natural ingredients like beeswax, honey, aloe vera, and sunflower seed. Everything is paraben-free, cruelty-free, and gluten-free with no added dyes or pigments!
30. Facial Tools
This is the perfect tool to use on a relaxing spa day after a week of assignments and exams. Made of pure Brazilian quartz, this jade roller and gua sha set alleviates inflammation, reduces puffiness, and relaxes your skin. You can even put these tools in the fridge for an extra bit of cool soothing power!
31. Beard Kit
For anyone looking to grow or maintain a luscious beard in college, then this kit may be just what you are looking for. This set comes with beard shampoo and beard balm, to help keep your beard full and healthy, as well as a beard comb and trimming scissors, for easy maintenance.
32. Under Eye Masks
After a long night of studying, these under eye masks will do wonders. They are good for reducing puffiness and inflammation and it tightens the skin under the eyes for a rejuvenated look. These masks also come in the color of 24k gold, so you can look simply stylish while you are waiting for the magic to happen.
Everyone needs a good moisturizer to hydrate their skin when they wake up in the morning. This cleanser by Albolene is not only a great moisturizer but it is good for removing makeup as well. It is made from only 5 simple ingredients with no soap or water required!
Packing List of Personal Care Products
34. Scalp Massager
If you are looking for the perfect shower accessory that will relax your head after a stressful day in class, this scalp massager would be great for you! This product massages the scalp to reduce itchiness and promote blood circulation while preventing dandruff. It also comes in 9 cute colors!
With these healing patches, you don’t have to stress out about your skin anymore! This product comes with 96 total patches in two different sizes, 10 mm and 12mm. They are also vegan and cruelty-free. They can be worn all day and night, even throughout all your daily classes, to help get rid of any pesky skin blemishes.
If you don’t clean your pores often, you can get annoying pimples and blemishes. This device is the perfect pore cleanser that you need! The vacuum can be used in 2 intensity levels, so it works for those with sensitive skin and those with tough skin. It would be a very good addition to your skincare routine!
37. Foot File
When you spend all day walking around on campus, you can develop blisters and hardened skin on your feet that may be difficult to alleviate. This foot file will help remove any calluses or unnecessary skin on your foot so that they can become smooth and soft once again.
When you forget to charge your phone and it is on 1 percent battery with no charger in sight, it is one of the worst feelings in the world. This pack of 2 portable power banks eliminates the problem immediately. These banks are compatible with Google, Samsung, Apple, and Motorola models and include 2 USB ports, so you can charge two devices at once!
39. Sleep Headphones
These headphones are perfect for when you have trouble falling asleep and need soothing music to help wind your body down. This device could also be used while you are at the gym since they last for 10 hours of playtime in one charge and have a breathable headband.
If you are looking for a good device to play music in your dorm while you are studying, cleaning, or dancing, invest in the latest smart speaker from Amazon. You can listen to your favorite playlists from streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and SiriusXM, while also being connected to Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant.
This wireless charging station is most useful for a college student who has all of the latest Apple products. With this device, you can charge your iPhone, Airpods, and Apple Watch all at the same time. It is compatible with recent Samsung models as well and is foldable and wireless for easy transport.
Most dorm rooms don’t have a stove or even a microwave, let alone a cooking appliance as messy as a deep fryer. However, this perfectly sized air fryer will do just the trick. It can cook up to 2 quarts of food without frying it in unhealthy oils and this reduces the fat content by 70 to 80 percent.
Don’t let any leftovers from last night go to waste! This set of 16 containers in 5 different sizes is just what you need to store any kind of food, from fruits and vegetables to the pizza you had for lunch that you want to save until tomorrow. It also comes with chalkboard labels and markers so you can always mark down when the contents will be expiring.
Every dorm needs a basic tableware set. This collection comes with 12 pieces of dinnerware, including 4 10-inch plates, 4 bowls, and 4 20-ounce cups. They are made of plastic so you don’t have to worry about losing an item or throwing something out by accident.
Become the king or queen of brunch with this adorable waffle maker! You will find yourself making 4-inch waffles every day if you have this cute machine. If you are feeling experimentative, you could also put hashbrowns or cookie dough in the maker and see what happens!
47. Fitbit Versa 2
This step tracker is perfect for a student who is looking to get more active while they are away at college. The Versa 2 has so many features: it can play music, track your sleep schedule and your heart rate, can connect to Alexa, and last for at least 6 days without a charge. An essential product for those trying to be more fit!
48. Mini Projector
This mini projector is a must-have when you are having movie nights with your friends in your dorm room. It is compatible with laptops, smartphones, and TV boxes, so you can project any show or movie through these devices. This product is definitely more useful than just crowding around your computer!
49. Hand Warmers
These warmers are essential for those chilly winter months ahead, especially if you are a student going to college upstate. It can also be used as a power bank to charge your phone, 3 temperature levels ranging from “it’s a little cold outside, I need to keep my hands toasty” to “I just stuck my hands in the snow and I need to regain feeling in them once again.”
This clock looks like the strangest game of Scrabble ever played, but its unique design is a big draw for me! Not only does it look cool, but is still very useful, tracking the time through five-minute intervals. I think it would look perfect on someone’s nightstand in their dorm room.
Final Thoughts on College Packing List
Getting ready to leave for college is an incredibly difficult task because you are essentially leaving behind the life you had always known, at least for a few months, to a brand new environment.
You will become mostly surrounded by people you have never met before and you have to rely on your own decision-making to solve problems that may arise in the upcoming semester.
It may seem very overwhelming and it is easy to become stressed out during this period, especially with the preparations before you leave for college.
You want to make you have everything you need before you are off on your own, which includes your personal care products, electronics, kitchen supplies, and dorm accessories.
Hopefully, this list has helped guide you in choosing the right items to bring!
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The 30 Best Note Taking Apps – The Complete 2022 Guide
Are you looking for an easier way to take and organize your class notes? Check out these best note taking apps to help you raise your grades!
When taking notes in class, the most common way of taking them has always been with a paper and a pen, something that can be quite tiring and difficult to organize later.
In the middle of a class we may run out of ink, we may not have enough paper or we may not be able to write fast enough to keep up with the professor. And then after that, organizing the papers and folders can be a hassle.
For this reason and thanks to technology we can use our computer or our other various electronic devices to take notes in class. Taking notes from our devices can become something fundamental, since there are tools that allow us to have everything well organized and visually attractive.
Having good notes is essential in the long run when studying a series of subjects to prepare for midterms and final exams. To ease the time consuming task of taking notes, we can take them on the different models of electronics such as a tablet, phone, or laptop.
So here I leave you with the 30 best note-taking apps of 2022 to stay focused and get keep up those important grades of yours!
In this article
- Best Note Taking Apps for Mac (Ipad)
- Best Note Taking Apps for Windows (Android)
- Best Free Note Taking Apps
Best Note Taking Apps for Mac (Ipad)
Overview: Notability for iOS is a different notes app. And this is because it allows us to add written notes, both on its virtual or physical (external) keyboard and by hand thanks to the touch screen of the iPhone or iPad. It also allows for audio or graphic recording as well!
- Capacity to insert audios directly into the notepad. Notability has the capacity to insert audio files such as recordings and voice memos into the notepad just as you´d import any other file. Adding content to the note while playing back the imported audio will sync that content with the recording.
- Page scrolling: With Notability you can scroll the pages up and down, so if you are a fan of the traditional PDF reader you will love this.
- Hyperlinks: Support for hyperlinks in typed text (web page addresses, phone numbers, emails).
- Delete pages quickly: You can´t delete multiple pages quickly. Every page has to be independently selected and deleted via a tab menu. So that´s a major pain when you have to import a large document with many pages that you don’t want.
Price: Notability is now free to download, and will require a $15 per year subscription—or $12 per year for a limited time—to unlock all of its features.
Platforms: Available for iPad, Mac, and iPhone
Overview: Simplenote is an easy way to take notes, create to-do lists, capture ideas, and more. Open the app, type a few lines, and you’re good to go. As your collection grows, keep it organized with tags and pins, and find what you need with instant search.
Since Simplenote will sync with your devices for free, your notes will be with you at all times.
- Very simple: Simplenote’s user interface is kept to a minimum. There are no formatting toolbars or extra features like notebooks to group notes. The entire desktop interface is comprised of a sidebar containing your tags and trash filters, a list of existing notes with search, a button to add a new note, and a simple view for looking at an existing note or writing a new one.
- Works Offline: Users can edit and create documents while offline, then sync their content the next time they connect to the internet. As a result, a user can work even when there is no data connection without fear of losing work.
- Time Machine: Each note edit is kept so that the user can return to a prior version of the document. This way, if you make a mistake or accidentally erase something, you may easily restore the previous version.
- Search is limited to one tag: There appears to be no way to locate notes with both tags X and Y. This isn’t a major concern until you have a lot of notes and want to run a cross-search for two topics at the same time to limit down your results.
- No support for file attachments: Embedded attachments are not supported by Simplenote. This may limit the app’s usefulness for certain users, as many other note-taking apps include this capability.
Price: Simplenote is free to download, and Simplenote’s premium subscription costs $10 per year.
Platforms: Available for iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Linux, or in your browser.
Overview: You’ll love Noteshelf as a note-taking app. Take lovely notes in your own handwriting, much like you would on a notepad, but better. You may text, annotate PDFs, and make voice recordings.
- Personalize your notepads: You can choose a cover for each of them and choose between different types of pages.
- Organize your notes into groups: Classify files within Noteshelf by folders.
- Protect your documents: Both notepads and folders can be protected from prying eyes.
- Labels in your notebooks: In this way, you can enter keywords that in the future will help you find what you are looking for.
- Can´t move multiple pages at once.
Platforms: This app is available in the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch and now on Android as well!
4. Liquid Text
Overview: LiquidText allows you to quickly examine, gather, and organize information across all of your papers and webpages, then use the results to write reports, prepare for meetings, or simply study.
Squeeze a document to contrast sections, draw lines to connect concepts in different papers, comment on many pages at once, expand on your ideas, and so much more!
- Helpful hints: There are many useful indications in the shape of animations, chats, and dialogs.
- New Ways: This app allows you to design new ways of absorbing and viewing data from a variety of sources.
- Navigation: Easy navigation through longer documents.
- Send and receive: Good import and export functionality
- Crowded: Work space gets crowded with lots of notes
Price: LiquidText is a free download on the App Store, but a $9.99 Pro upgrade is necessary to gain the new ink features.
Platforms: This app is available on the Appstore for iPad, Requires iPadOS 14.1 or later, and for Mac, Requires macOS 11.0 or later.
Overview: Beyond handwriting, the ability to illustrate our notes, to add documents, images or texts, GoodNotes has a key idea: notepads. With this simple idea, it is postulated as a substitute for paper notebooks.
- Inking: The inking of GN5 is preferred over the inking of other note-taking apps. GN5 ink seems closer to the native iOS notes ink.
- Organization: Superior file management, folder structure, and folders within folders.
- Shape Tool: The shape tool does not needlessly snap onto everything. The app does not dictate the decision of where to place each line. This gives you design freedom.
- Images: The images aren’t well optimized. Images and backgrounds frequently disappear and return as you scroll through papers.
- PDF Size: Imported PDFs will have a preset page size that might be bigger than you like and this cannot be changed, but you can compress the document yourself before uploading it into the app.
Price: GoodNotes 5 costs $7.99 in the App Store as a one-time purchase.
Platforms: This app is available on an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Mac.
Overview: Whink lets you import PDFs to read and annotate, write and type new notes, or highlight and annotate existing ones.
It is a minimalist note taking app that is meant for anyone who just wants to take notes without the hassle of going through too many complicated features.
- Simple: The app is very easy to use and understand, it can be used by almost any aged user. For adults who are not that good with technology, this will save their lives.
- Synced: The audio recordings are synced to the handwritten notes for easier and faster note taking.
- Pen: It has a chic gel ink pen and smart eraser for you to write clean and crisp handwritten notes.
- Documents: Whink app does not support writing over web page documents.
- Minimalist: The app can seem minimalist and easy to use but it is also missing many important features.
- Search: Doesn´t let you search for keywords in your uploaded PDF.
Price: $ 4.99 one-time purchase.
Platforms: This app is available on an ipad and iphone.
Overview: Evernote offers a wide range of complex modifiers and its own search syntax, making it much easier to find things. Evernote can also look for text strings in a variety of document types, such as Microsoft Office documents and PDFs.
- Easy use: Data entry is simple – through typing, voice recording, and image capture.
- Data: Data can be stored, easily accessed and edited at any moment.
- Organizing: Helps you organize everything from your flight pass to your meeting notes, to-do list, and more.
- Search: The search of all notes, even scanned documents, is extremely fast and accurate.
- Free Account: The free account includes a monthly data restriction of 60 MB, which can be expanded in order to expand the customer base.
- Offline: Notes cannot be accessed while offline browsing.
Price: Premium costs $7.99 per month and Business costs $14.99 per month.
Platforms: Evernote supports a number of operating system platforms including OS X, iOS, Chrome OS, Android, Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and webOS.
Overview: Writers, lawyers, cooks, instructors, engineers, students, parents, and more utilize Bear, a focused, flexible notes app.
Bear’s rapid organization, editing capabilities, and export choices make it easy to write quickly and share anywhere while maintaining your privacy thanks to encryption.
- Code: It’s got color code notes for a better organization.
- Images: You can add images directly into your notes.
- Sync: You can sync notes across multiple devices.
- Available: Only available for Apple devices.
- Light: Extremely light on features.
- Paid: Syncing requires a paid plan.
Price: It costs $1.49 monthly, which offers a one-week free trial. It costs $14.99 annually, which has a one-month free trial.
Platforms: Available on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch.
Overview: ZoomNotes is the most comprehensive visual note-taking tool on the market, with an incredible zoom range. Make handwritten notes and sketches on large whiteboards, PDF files, pictures, and MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.
- Pen Types: Choose from eight different pen types, including gel, nib, pencil, and more.
- Sticky Notes: Use sticky notes and create hierarchical visual files as sub-pages.
- Clips: Insert audio clips directly into your documents.
- Bookmarks: Save Bookmarks within your documents for quick and easy future reference.
- Some users don’t like in-app purchases
Price: Free with in-app purchases
Platforms: The app is available for an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.
10. MarginNote 3
Overview: MarginNote is a program that allows you to read, annotate, and study long-form writings. Texts from EPUB and PDF can be imported and annotated using written text or highlights.
Users can choose different highlighter colors to represent different types of information, such as yellow for main ideas and blue for supporting details, and then display their highlighted text as an outline, flashcards (blue words on one side, yellow words on the other), or a mind map that shows how highlighted terms are related to one another.
- Features: Flexible, extensive features give seemingly endless options for annotating and sorting preexisting texts into usable and organized notes.
- Pedagogy: While MarginNote won’t teach users anything in particular, its features give users many ways to sort info into formats that suit their preferred study modes.
- iCloud: The app syncs your PDFs and notes to iCloud so it is immediately available on all your I-devices. This feature is not available in any other apps with this PDF feature.
- Complicated PDF reader: If you plan to use this software as your primary PDF reader, you’ll need to devote some time to learning how to use it, even if tutorials are available.
- No Auto backup: We don’t always remember to back up our files. That’s why it’s important to set up auto backup for your documents so that they’re backed up at regular intervals. You must manually back up your notes in MarginNote to a folder of your choice.
Price: Free with additional in-app purchases
Platforms: Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.
Best Note Taking Apps for Windows (Android)
Overview: BlackNote is a black-and-white notes app for Android. This is the appropriate solution if the normal white background of most apps weary your eyes and you need a break.
- Simple: Very easy to use, each gadget is self-explanatory.
- Easy to see: Its black background makes it easier to see without tiring eyes.
- Passwords: You can create notes with passwords so people can´t see them.
- Doesn´t work: The checklist feature doesn´t work very well.
- Recover: It is not very easy to recover already deleted notes.
Price: It’s free!
Overview: ClearNote is a note app for Android made by the creator of BlackNote. It’s basically the same app except it’s colorful.
- Bar: The ClearNote Bar appears in the top widget sections of your home screen and gives you access to ClearNote app, YouTube, Camera, Watch, Calculator, and Web Search.
- Ease: It lets you manage and maintain all the significant notes, to-do lists, checklists, and other notes facilities with real ease.
- Widgets: It provides note list widgets and sticky note widgets with transparency configuration.
- Home screen: The notes on the home screen don´t immediately change when you edit them.
Price: Free with in-app purchases
Platforms: Android phone or tablet
13. Dropbox Paper
Overview: Create new documents or edit existing files, and share them with your team directly from the app so you can capture your inspiration wherever you are.
- Free: This is a free product giving many advantages to users and at the same time, very easy to use. It lets you use your creativity for an excellent result!
- Integrate: This program has the ability to integrate many other programs and applications.
- Collaboration: Team members can each edit and view changes in real time.
- Confusing: The default folder view is unappealing, and the slow to adjust UI can be confusing, resulting in the creation of many empty documents rather than opening an existing one.
Platforms: Android, iPhone and iPad
Overview: FiiNote is a professional application that allows you to create and store notes.
- Complete: It’s compatible with a keyboard.
- Handwriting: It´s one of the best note taking apps for writing with your hand.
- Simple: Everything is very simple and easy to use.
- Bugs: Some problems with moving objects, they may appear and disappear or appear in a different place.
Platforms: Android phone and tablet
15. Bundled Notes
Overview: Bundled Notes is a beautiful, cross-platform note-taking, writing, list-making, and to-do app.
- Complete: Notes and to-do lists in one app, with reminders.
- Boards: Support for kanban-style boards.
- Editor: Markdown editor that is easy to use and has no character limit.
- Drawing: No drawing tools
- Sharing: No sharing options
Price: There’s a monthly tier going for $1.89, but you can also choose to pay for the yearly subscription at $15.
Platforms: Android phone and tablet
Overview: OneNote is the digital notebook to organize your thoughts, discoveries and ideas and simplify your planning of special moments in your life. Microsoft OneNote lets you take notes on your mobile phone and sync them across all your devices.
- Organization: It has Notebooks and sections and then individual notes allowing organization.
- Multi- format: They are multi-format – Pictures, words, formatting and can move things around the page.
- Accessible: The information is accessible both online and offline once synced to the computer.
- Multiple: Not able to work with multiple notes at the same time.
Price: Basic (free) Premium ($7.99 per month) Business ($14.99 per user, per month)
Platforms: Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.
Overview: Take notes by hand naturally on your Android tablet or phone! With Squid you can write as you would on paper but using a stylus, rubber-tipped pencil, or your finger.
You can easily fill out PDF forms, edit/grade papers, or sign documents. As well as import images, draw figures, add text to your notes, quick select, copy/paste, move objects between pages and notes.
- Flexible: You can resize, duplicate, and annotate images with flexible image capabilities.
- Versatility: Multiple styles of background templates add versatility.
- Missing: Missing some features that are standard in other digital notebooks, such as tags, folders, sync, and a search bar.
Platforms: Android phone and tablet.
Overview: Notion is a hybrid of a project management tool and a note-taking app. It combines the best features of both kinds of software.
- All in one: You can do the work of several different apps all in Notion.
- Teams: It has the option for collaborating editing.
- Versatility: You can use Notion for personal, freelance business and planning startups.
- Mess: Because of its versatility it’s very easy to create a mess using the app.
- Confusing: While the integration of products into Notion’s all-in-one software is generally convenient, it can be confusing and disorganized at times.
Price: Free download with option of $4/month personal plan.
Platforms: Android, iOS, Mac and Windows
19. Standard Notes
Overview: Standard Notes is a concise and private note-taking app. It securely syncs your notes across all of your devices, including Android, Windows, iOS, Linux, and the web.
- Safety: Standard Notes encrypt your notes and information.
- Useful features: Has more features: tagging, markdown, themes.
- Sync: It is transparent about sync status and progress. When you open Standard Notes on your phone, there’s a little bit of text that counts up the notes that have been synced and saved in real time. No more fear or uncertainty about whether your notes actually synced.
- Slow: Syncing+decrypting notes on mobile can sometimes be a little slow—and can sometimes make the app crash if it takes more than a second or two.
Price: Free download and in-app purchases for $4.17 per month.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, iOS
Overview: Nebo is capable of combining handwriting and text in a single word, sentence, or paragraph. No other note-taking app allows you to write when it’s convenient and type when it suits you.
Both active and passive styluses are now supported by the app. You can now write in the app with your fingers.
- Converting: Best handwriting – converting app
- Languages: Supports 66 languages
- Equations: Supports Math and Chemical equations
- Instances: Doesn´t support multiple instances
- Images: You can´t drag and drop images
- Recycle: Contains no recycle bin
Price: Free download and for complete features it costs just $11.42
Platforms: Windows, iPadOS, Android, ChromeOS
Best Free Note Taking Apps
21. Google Keep
Overview: Google Keep enables users to take plain-text notes and organize, edit, and share them with others via a suite of collaboration tools. You can also use Google Keep to record voice notes and set time and location-based reminders.
- Search: The search functionality on the app is great.
- Pictures: Allows pictures to be part of the notes.
- Layout options:
- Bugs: The iOS app occasionally becomes unresponsive and does not update your notes (does not display new notes from other devices or computers); this issue must be resolved by reinstalling the app.
- Space: Can take a lot of space of your Google account´s quota
Platforms: Apple and Android mobile devices plus a web app
Overview: Slite is a collaborative knowledge sharing app that improves teamwork even when members are separated. Slite is the place to keep your team’s wiki, organize project documentation, share company updates, and even keep personal notes.
- Simple: The user is not distracted by the variety of features available. It just comes to you.
- Layout Options: The layout options for placing elements, along with all of the widgets available, make Slite a powerful tool while keeping the overall user experience light and intuitive.
- Meetings: Slite makes it extremely simple to create docs in which you can not only organize, add tips, and charts, but also collaborate with another team or team member on the fly, in meetings!
- Small: Very small things, issues with how tables look on large monitors.
- Convenience: a more convenient interface for “tracking changes” or seeing what has recently changed.
Platforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android
Overview: Whether it’s today’s journal entry, tomorrow’s thesis, or a future bestselling novella, you have handwritten notes, a business memo to share, an essay to write, a story to tell, an article to edit, or a lecture to record.
All of your notes and documents can be created, edited, and organized in one location using Notes Writer.
- PDF: One of the best apps for PDF reading.
- Brightness: It has a convenient option to adjust the brightness.
- Multitasking: Having open tabs is great for multitasking and studying.
- Limit: There are roughly 36 pre-made notes and 6-7 folders included with the free software. When you try to create your own folders or notes, it warns you that the free version has hit its limit and that you must upgrade to have limitless notes.
Price: There´s a free version
Platforms: iOS and Android
Overview: Grammarly is an academic writing application that automates grammar, proofreading, and writing revision. Grammarly examines and checks a piece of text you’ve written for errors.
The free edition covers the essentials, while the subscription version goes a step further by providing stylistic and best-writing-practice recommendations.
- Real time correction: Instead of writing everything out and then selecting the “check spelling and grammar” button, you’ll be able to tell straight away whether you’ve made a mistake.
- Highly accurate: There aren’t many mistakes made by this grammar software. It may occasionally misread what you’re trying to say or insert a comma where one isn’t required or desired, but it has a high rate of accuracy overall.
- Easy: Grammarly doesn’t just tell you when you’ve made a mistake. While that would be fine, this program takes a step further by providing explanations so that you can learn and develop.
- Doesn´t work on everything: Grammarly does not work with Google Docs, which might be a big pain for those of you who rely on this writing program on a regular basis.
Price: Free with in product purchases
Platforms: Android and iOS devices
Overview: As a productivity tool, this app has a lot of potential. It can be used to jot down notes, brainstorm ideas, or draw out a tale. Paper’s adaptability allows you to blend the arts and productivity while working with digital technologies.
- Pictures: You can organize, easily cut, and add pics and edit them.
- Quick: The ability to easily use and switch tools.
- Control: Gives greater control over the graphic elements that you are able to add to notes and sketches.
- Brushes: The brushes are not very precise, which makes it hard to be exact.
- Tools: Very limited tools in the free version.
Platforms: iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
Overview: Ulysses is a distraction-free, minimalist writing tool that works with both short and long-form projects. It is used by bloggers, authors, and content providers to write articles, novels, and other types of material.
- One place: The app stores your writing in one single place.
- Distraction: Distraction free interface.
- Exporting: Comes with a lot of exporting options available for you to share your work and notes.
- Template: No pre-designed templates
- Cost: The citation machine costs money.
- Only with sheets: Because Ulysses only works with sheets, there are no unique features or arrangements for taking notes or rapidly writing down uncooked ideas for future reference.
Price: Free version, paid version
Platforms: Mac, iPad, iPhone
27. My Note Taking
Overview: Perfect and simple notepad for journaling and taking notes everywhere you go.
- Easy: Clean and beautiful interface with easy-to-understand functions.
- Search: With the quick search feature, you can find your notes faster.
- Customize: You can customize font size and style.
- Ads: Full screen ads may pop up on your screen.
- Keyboard: The keyboard may sometimes block the words.
Platforms: OS: iOS, iPhone, iPad
28. Zoho Notebook
Overview: Zoho Notebook is a free note-taking app by Zoho Corp, a cloud-based software business that specializes in low-cost solutions. Over the previous few years, Notebook has constantly evolved, and it now syncs your notes across all major platforms and the web.
- Quick: Saves information in a quick way.
- User friendly: It’s incredibly user-friendly, with vibrant color note pages, and it takes very little time to install on most platforms.
- Customize: You are able to customize the covers of my notebooks as well as the color of each note.
- Shortcuts: Lack of shortcuts which is frustrating when working on multiple tabs.
- Cards: Notes are presented as cards, there is no option to have a list view, which takes less space.
Platforms: Android and iOS mobile devices, macOS, Windows, Linux, and the web.
Overview: Take notes, organize your to-do lists, and collaborate with co-workers. Share folders to organize your projects at home or in the office. You can use all the functions perfectly without an internet connection: as soon as you reconnect everything is synchronized.
- Concise: When your team needs to quickly brainstorm and scribble down ideas, Quip is a terrific tool to employ. It removes all extraneous formatting and user interface options, leaving you with a blank canvas on which to work smarter.
- Functionalities: Import and export functionalities are really good.
- Cloud: Having your notes accessible via the cloud is a fantastic way to stay on top of things.
- Limited: Text formatting controls are limited.
- PDFs: Doesn´t work well with PDFs
Platforms: iOS and Android
30. Nimbus Note
Overview: Nimbus Note is a cross-platform information repository and note-taking application that lets users make and update notes, customize screenshots, save web pages, and share files with their peers quickly.
- Sync: Note-taking web app which has a fully syncing android and ios app.
- Tons of features: Excellent organizational options (workspace, folders, multiple levels of subfolders), and a plethora of functionality.
- External elements: Ability to integrate external elements into a note as “Embed.
- Order: Impossible sorting (defining the order of) workspaces and notes manually.
Platforms: iOS and Android
Taking good notes in class is essential, they help extend the teacher’s explanation, which then facilitates success in exams.
Taking notes with a pen and a paper brings with it the idea of boredom and quickness; students might just see it as an obligation of just jotting in everything that comes out of their teacher´s mouth in such a fast way they are not even understanding the meaning of their notes.
But today, with such advanced technologies, all those applications to write notes have saved and can save many students’ and adults’ lives at the time of writing their notes, ideas, or whatever crosses their minds.
These applications bring with them a number of tools that not only work for writing down each idea, but also let you organize everything your way, letting it look clean, colorful and even with incorporated images, videos and audios.
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