Yerocha’s Anime Time Management

This was written as a part of Kai’s project to see how different bloggers organize their time.

Managing my time effectively is something I’ve always had trouble with. I was always the type who worked best on a schedule, but I’m bad at creating schedules myself. Or at least I’m bad at sticking to schedules when there’s no real pressure to. This is why I’ve always found it easier when I’m watching shows with other people, like an anime club or the SCCSAV. 

For me personally, the biggest problem with organizing time effectively is not the amount of time I spend on work, classes or with other people. This obviously takes up the biggest part of my day, but these are usually things that are planned for from the start. It’s very rare for me to lose six to eight hours of my day for something important with no prior warning, and even if I do, that’s still only one day. That’s the good thing about anime and manga: they update once a week at most, so there’s not as much pressure with catching up on things.

The big problem I have with managing my time is that nagging little feeling that I could be doing something better with the time I have. Why should I be reading Monster when I could put another hour into studying Physics? Why get caught up in Nichibros when I could talk with my family? Why watch funny Youtube videos when I have a time management post to write? See, it even happens between different hobbies. I know these feelings are common, and sometimes I just have to learn to relax a little, but it’s difficult to shake the feeling that technically, you could be doing something more important.

Of course this primarily has an effect on how quickly I get caught up on older series. Staying caught up with them takes nowhere near the effort. Some people may wonder how I can stay caught up on over 30 different manga, but when a weekly chapter takes five minutes to read and a monthly one takes ten, it’s really not as difficult as it may sound. At worst you have four monthly manga updating simultaneously, but even that can be dealt with easily if you space them out. I had the latest Railgun open in a tab for two days, but with the next one coming in a month, I knew there was no real pressure. Even weekly anime aren’t that difficult to stay caught up on if you only watch one or two a day.

Getting caught up on series is where the problem lies. I try to set a goal for myself to read 10 chapters per day. This is a goal I almost never actually achieve, and part of the reason is because of all the things I consider more important. Between social obligations, reading blog posts, and all that faffing about online most us know far too well, it’s hard to find the time to sit down and just read for longer periods of time. It’s actually far easier when I have the print manga, because then I can read it on a bus or somewhere quiet during lunch. When I don’t have as many other things to do, it becomes a lot easier.

I think something important I’ve learned is that the more you try to plan out your time for anime and manga, the less likely you are to actually follow through on it for very long. It’s important to be in the proper mood for the series you want to enjoy, and you can’t do that if you’re forcing yourself to see them when you don’t want to. For a while, I had a habit of leaving whatever manga I was reading open in a tab, even when I wasn’t reading it. I realized now that it’s not the proper way to go about it, and I should just be reading what I want at any given time. This way I enjoy it more and make more efficient use of my time. I think that’s something I need to get the hang of soon. It’s not all about the amount of time you have, but how you can best use that time.

So that’s what I think about time management. More than anything, I’m curious to see what the other bloggers have to say about their own time management. Many of the posts I’ve seen so far are much clearer than mine, but I think that says a great deal about their skill at organization.

Other participants in the project include:

Kai’s Anime Time Management

Ace’s Anime Time Management

Hoshiko’s Anime Time Management

Overlord-G’s Anime Time Management

Tsurugiarashix’s Anime Time Management

Ephemeral Dreamer’s Anime Time Management

Hippiefreak’s Anime Time Management

SnippetTee’s Anime Time Management

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Posted on February 11, 2012, in Blog Carnival and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. What I did for my reviews (if anyone’s curious, the link is my name), I set a restriction for myself. My cohost and I either watch movies (which are easy to watch the entirety of) or the first three episodes of a show. With shows, we can give a first impression about whether we think it’s worthy of our viewers’ time.

    • Realized I left the thought unfinished.

      That’s a time management technique, since it limits the number of things we have to keep up with at a time, and ensures that at most we spend two hours watching shows. Recording the podcast and getting it fit to publish are a different matter, but we aren’t knocking ourselves marathoning anime seasons. Plus, most of the stuff we’ve reviewed… we wouldn’t WANT to watch more than three episodes.

      • I can imagine what some of those must be like. I’m much more of a pick-and-choose kind of viewer, so most of the time I won’t go into a series unless I’m sure I’ll get some enjoyment out of it. This means I don’t have to sit through as many bad shows.

        • The sad thing is, we aren’t even TRYING to be that kind of angry reviewer or crap specialist. We try to go into things blind and we always hope we can be pleasantly surprised. That’s happened a time or two, but typically, the results aren’t pretty. Going in blind is how we justify only doing the first three eps where others do entire series; it’s a first, honest impression.

  2. Yes, it’s important not to feel forced to watch or read a series. It takes out the enjoyment in doing so. I once had the feeling as well, whereby I feel like I could do something more important than whatever I’m doing at the moment. But I learned to let it be because I will eventually get to those other things anyway.

    You seem to be coping well, by the way. =)

    • I’m still getting the hang of a good system for reading manga. There are a few that I’ll ONLY read in small chunks, and that may be the proper way to do it.

      That’s something I eventually have to learn. It’s annoying to shake these feelings off, but at some point I have to accept things for what they are. And thank you.

  3. Ouch, that scene from d.gray.man is so “nostalgic”!

    by the way 10 chapters a day is a brave objective, I rarely go more than half volume a day that means 2-3 chapters in the best case…:P

    • You’ve seen D.Gray-man? Wow, I didn’t think it was your kind of show.

      That’s about the number of chapters I end up reading. I just try to aim for 10. Depending on the series, the amount I can read at one time varies quite a bit.

  4. That nagging feeling is probably the reason why I multi-task, but I had stopped watching “two-stories” together. I will be doing misc tasks like blogging, posting in the forums and so on when I’m watching anime. But if I were to watch an anime + manga/light novels, I probably wouldn’t, seen immersing myself into different stories messes with my brain too much. I could be reading K-ON manga, very sweet and fluffy at one PC, and meanwhile, watching Mirai Nikki on my PC, too contrasting for my brain…

  5. “The big problem I have with managing my time is that nagging little feeling that I could be doing something better with the time I have. Why should I be reading Monster when I could put another hour into studying Physics?”

    You have no idea how powerful of a statement that is to me. I usually can not keep a schedule to save my life, since I always want to escape from my work when it becomes difficult to do something leisurely. Although like you said, if you usually plan out something, you more or not have the gal to commit to it. However, I am a more an effective person over efficient, so go figure :P

  6. I guess you don’t really have a problem, all you need to know what are your priorities and what exactly you want. Just like you I’ve been in the stage that I was getting so caught up and addicting with my hobbies (e.g. reading Harry Potter), but then it came to the point that I wasn’t too happy with the end result so I decided to discipline myself and try hard to stick with my schedule. However, until now this is still something that I’m learning to be consistent.

    • Even when you know exactly what you should be doing, it can sometimes be difficult to stick to it. There’s something of a learning curve to managing your time efficiently, even if it doesn’t seem like it at first.

  7. Prioritizing hobbies is always difficult but you should always make time for all of them. Just do what you like most first. There is a certain something I’ve had 90% complete for over a week now but just haven’t got around to finishing it.

    You could try multitasking but that is best left to the pros in most cases.

    • I usually try to put what I like first, but sometimes that isn’t proper. Especially when something I want to do involves other bloggers.

      And that is good to hear. Trust me, I know what it’s like to have those kinds of things on the back burner.

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