This is my response to Kai’s Anime Time Management post.
The moment I saw this post and had also read what many others had to say about it, I knew I needed to give my input on the subject, too. How the hell do I manage the time to watch anime in my life?
A lot of people have said that when it comes to managing their time, they’re just really bad at it. I’m sure I can group myself with them as well, but in truth, I’ve never really tried to manage my time to begin with. When it comes to how I find the time for anime, it actually depends on a lot of other factors, which I’ll try to narrow down in this post. I’ve always just been a person who did what I wanted when I felt like it, like when it came to assignments I’d always write them the night before. The idea of getting ahead of work is beyond me. This system of procrastination worked all through high school, and now that I’m in college, I still haven’t found a reason to change my ways.
Anyway, I’ll tie that all together with the rest of my time management with anime soon. The time I have in my life, relies solely on my schedule I create each semester. Right now, I got to school four days a week for varying times each day.
So many bloggers I follow are in really tough programs, working their way to be doctors and other fancy jobs like that. I really admire how they find the time to do anything because I have a friend studying in medicine and I rarely see her. Point is, in my case, I’m a film student. I really enjoy my program and I wouldn’t have it any other way, but even I will admit that it’s not the toughest program out there.
With that said, between saving everything off till the end and not even having as much work as I’m sure many do to begin with, I do have a decent amount of time on my hands. Not to mention I’m also unemployed…
Though, I am a film student for a reason. I love my anime as I love my movies and also, to throw in another cool point, I’m a total TV addict. I also read manga, play video games, and have some sort of minute social life online and in the real world. My time management for anime, focuses on creating some sort of balance out of all of these things.
With every anime season, I watch 15+ new anime. In my ideal world, the way I would manage all these anime is to watch them the very day they air, every week, thus never falling behind. Of course, the world isn’t as simple as that.
My favourite time in a day, is the nightime for the simple reason that at that time I usually don’t have to do anything else. So I spend my time watching things. If I don’t have to wake up at 7am (which I do twice in a week), 4am is the usual time I start to really try to fall asleep. Even when I do have class at seven in the morning, I plan my sleep schedule so that if I fall asleep by 2:30, a four and a half hour sleep will be sufficient. Obviously I’m often tired, but that’s why coffee is a good friend of mine.
The “system” I created is that I will usually end my nights by just watching a TV series. I follow a few tv series on a weekly basis, but I always find some new tv series to watch. Sometimes, besides tv shows, I also rewatch some anime or watch old anime I haven’t seen yet at this time. As for films, considering I see at least three a week, I organize my time to watch those on the days where new anime is sparse. I firstly, see a film every week in theatres, after class on Tuesdays. Otherwise, on days like Wednesday and Fridays, the amount of currently airing series is really minimal, so I watch films usually on those days.
As for the other things I do, I play video games whenever I have the time or am just in the mood. As for manga, I always read that in large doses and if the series is still publishing, I’ll try to catch up to the newest chapter as soon as possible, so then I only need of ocus on that once a month for five or so minutes as I read the latest chapter.
With all that said, my time spent focusing on anime, falls amoung all the other hours in a night I can spare. In every anime season, there are one or two days that have a lot of anime that air that I’m really enjoying (this time it’s Monday), on those days, I make sure to watch them always on the day they air. With all the other anime that I like but don’t love, I simply download anyway and watch those series all at once on the days where I have the most time.
If I somehow manage to find any other time for anime, then its for any older series I’m also watching at the time. I like to marathon thins a lot, but that’s a whole other story and mostly happens when I have a free weekend or decide to skip all my classes for the day…
I also said I had some sort of social life didn’t I? That may have been a lie…