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.