I have a different outlook at the moment. I have created an incentive punting scheme for myself. Every hour of work, studying, chores, things I don't want to do - I reward myself £6 per hour. After every work week I give myself £30 to spend in soho or save the money towards the bigger punt. Any task I really don't want to do, I pay myself extra for it. If I do 20 hours worth of work, include the £30 - that's £150 a week. This is not normally the case, it's normally about £80. The idea is I've been productive, so I deserve to treat myself with a great punt. No regrets thinking this money can go towards something else.
I find most things a chore like gardening, dating, cleaning, side work projects and so on. Cheap hobbies, like playing snooker/pool, computer games, listening to music are cheap and easy to get.
I'm in the same boat as most people, I have everything I need except more free time. I love combining travelling with punting, but that's only 4-5 weeks of the year. The rest is mundane boring routine week after week.