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Nopy’s Anime Time Management

February 13, 2012 By: Nopy Category: Anime, Personal

As part of Kai’s call for anibloggers to share how they manage their time, I will be outlining how I schedule my life.

Everyone has to spend time on the necessary aspects of their lives – for me, that happens to be: sleeping, eating, and working. I don’t know anyone who can live without the first two, and I need to third in order to make money. Assuming I spend 7 hours per day sleeping, 2 hours eating, and 8 hours working, that leaves me with 7 hours for other things each day. That actually sounds like a lot of time, but a large chunk of it is taken by things like hygiene (brushing teeth, showering, etc.), travel, exercise, chatting with friends, and unforeseen events.

When all is said and done, I have anywhere between 2-4 hours per day where I can do whatever I want. That still sounds like quite a bit, but lets consider how long it actually takes to do something. An average anime episode takes me about 30 minutes (factoring in washroom and snack breaks), meaning I could potentially get 4-8 episodes watched in a day. Alternatively, a typical blog post takes me about 2 hours, meaning I could write 1-2 posts per day. Of course, related to blogging is also reading other blogs; this can take anywhere from 1-6 hours depending on how many new posts have been written since I last checked my feed reader. Setting up, taking, and editing photos of figures can take 1-3 hours depending on how many photos I take. Gaming, as I’m sure some of you know, can take a lifetime. Then there’s the non-anime fan stuff like reading the news, checking the week’s weather, and learning some new words from the dictionary. All of a sudden, that 2-4 hours doesn’t seem like much anymore.

Most days are spent with 1 hour on catching up with the news and 1 or 1.5 hours watching anime. Any remaining time is spent reading other blogs, unless I feel like writing my own blog post that day. This usually means that all gaming and photography is left for the weekend. The thing about weekends though, is that once you finish school and get into the working world, weekends are about the only time you ever see your friends. Weekends are also the times when people ask you to help them with various things such as moving, picking stuff up, and planning events. Sometimes I actually have less time for entertainment on Saturdays and Sundays than on weekdays. The result is that something has to be sacrificed. I’ve tried giving up sleep, but that just causes me to get sick, so that means that now I’ve cut back on gaming and figure photography.

Out of all the games that I’ve purchased in the last three years I’ve probably finished less than 10%, and if you’ve been following my blog for a long time, you’ve probably noticed a drastic drop in figure reviews. It all has to do with priorities and deciding what is important. For me, anime and blogging just happens to trump gaming and figure photography. No one has the time to do everything they want, so when it comes down to time management, you just have to decide what is most important to you.

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26 Comments to “Nopy’s Anime Time Management”

  1. That’s always the problem with time management: there’s never enough time to do all the things you’d like to. I definitely agree about picking and choosing, since it’s never an easy thing to do.
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  2. “No one has the time to do everything they want, so when it comes down to time management, you just have to decide what is most important to you.” <- couldn't agree with you more. The next best thing is allocate time to all the things I wanna do but then again, I will always end up doing things I like best.
    Hoshiko recently posted..Wish List from WonFes 2012 Winter

    • Well, if you like something enough, then it should count as something important. As long as you’re not totally depressed about not having enough time, that should be enough.

  3. Priorities are the most important, choose… education/real life or anime.
    Maybe if I get some kind of job in the anime market…
    Ecchi Catgirl recently posted..Why do anime have recap episodes?

    • Having a job related to anime would be pretty awesome. I actually wish that there was a full-time anime blogging job out there that I could live off of.

  4. Finding something you really want to do in your freetime is important, doing nothing would be boring, but it can be a bit problematic if there are too many things you want to do.

    After studying, Im spending my freetime with reading blogs, blogging and photography. Recently I also started to play the Sonicomi Game, but I only find the time for it a few hours a week. watching anime is planned for the later evening hours, haha well sometimes Im too tired for it and fall asleep :(
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    • I sometimes fall asleep during the time I plan to watch anime too because it’s usually late at night. I just tell myself that I’ll watch it the next day or on the weekend.

  5. I’m bad at giving up, and I don’t know if this is a good or a bad thing..

    Even though I promised to quit visual novels sometime ago, I still return to them not long later, and even though I’m getting increasingly busy, I still squish in my schedule for them, even when I know they take like forever to finish..
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    • I never did understand how people found time for visual novels, especially the people who finish every single route and get 100% of the CGI. When I read Planetarian, I just played it between breaks at school.

  6. Your life is so similar to mine…damn work. It pays well, but it takes so much time… >_<
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  7. If you’re used to it you can easily handle with 4-5h of sleeping
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  8. Heh, this pretty much covers what I was getting at in my comment to your previous post. 2-4 hours sounds about the same for me after work – which I now dedicate to gaming and the daily videos from youtube channels I watch. Weekends are too unpredictable as well, so it’s rather difficult to set in stone what to do. I try to finish what I missed during the week, catch up on blog posts and watch a little anime. Any free time after that may go towards constructing a blog post. My current target is to output at least 1 a month.

    So for me unfortunately it’s blogging and anime that’s getting cut back. I was finding myself spending literally the whole weekend just reading blogs, leaving a few comments and getting nothing else done. So that just had to stop.

    • Considering how much work you put into your figure reviews, I think 1 post per month is a good target. Spending a whole weekend reading blogs and commenting is excessive though, I don’t think I even spend that much time reading/commenting if I added up all the hours in a week.

  9. I have a similar schedule to you since I’m employed as well. I find that some days I’m missing a couple hours to be satisfied. I wish I lived a little closer to my workplace though, as I spend almost 2 hours commuting round trip.

    The weekends are much sweeter when you work though. I get a big motivation to do something else on Saturday. I usually do most of my blog posts during the weekend.
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    • I used to spend 1.5 hours round-trip and I thought that was bad. A lot of my posts are usually written on weekends as well, but sometimes they get done on weekdays if I have time.

  10. Time can be harsh. I guess it’s all a matter of how you manage it. I didn’t think you spent so much time reading posts :O It’s fun, no? Sometimes I spent more time on blogging and reading than watching anime.
    Cely_belly recently posted..Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! 05

    • A lot of posts are pretty interesting, I wouldn’t read them if they weren’t. I think I started more time reading and writing blog posts than watching anime a few weeks after I started up.

  11. So many things one wants to do, yet so little time. That surely is a problem that many of us face.

    Being limited to just several hours of free time before sleep time and getting ready for the next day, I pretty much limit myself to just 1 or 2 activities per day, be it blogging, reading blogs (this and leaving comments can take surprisingly long for me), games, making models etc. And I am terrible at multi-tasking as I can only focus one thing at a time, and backlogs are building up for Gunpla and anime orz
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    • Reading blogs definitely takes a long time, I think I spend more time doing that than any of my other hobbies. If only we could slow down time somehow…

  12. I agree, there just isn’t enough hours in a day to do everything we wanted. Nowadays with my job and all, I hardly have any time to do anything I wanted.
    dreaming Artemis recently posted..Going off to Sri Lanka!

  13. When you really do break down a day, it’s quickly obvious how little 24 hours is. 2-4 hours for free time sounds right, and that is sooooo little. :( It takes me just about as much time writing one post as well. Good thing I don’t play games I guess.
    Yi recently posted..Fashionable Nudity in Mawaru Penguindrum

    • Even for people who don’t play games, I’m sure there are other things they would like to do on their free time. I miss the days when 2-4 hours felt like a long time.


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