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: