In this week’s editorial, I decided to take up a topic in the blogosphere that is relatively important with any Anime fan: “How does one fits time to watch shows while juggling with college or work?” Given that I have managed to survive three years and made over 830 posts about Anime, you wonder how the hell I manage that when college gives you a lot of work to do. I’ll share my experiences on how I find free time to watch shows and blog while doing well in college. (Image Source)
With most Anime fans being in some type of educational institution or job, time management is important so we can balance life. Let’s face it, not everyone can stay a NEET forever and dedicate his or her time just on hobbies. For me, I used to have poor time management skills when I was in high school. I usually wing my homework, thus my grades took a slight hit as a result. After I started my freshman year of college, I felt that I should have worked harder and I started managing my time better.
During my first year of college, I had a lot of free time, so I started watching Anime. I usually finish all my homework at school and study before watching anything. As the semesters went on, the courses got harder, thus I have to scale back and use my time wisely. This is the main reason I can only handle a maximum is 5 shows since I also blog what I watch. Furthermore, I only watch one episode a day (with exceptions when college is not in session) with episodic posts taking 1 to 2 hours to write and proofread. For editorials and reviews, the writing process takes longer as I have to organize my thoughts and then type it in a word processor.
In addition to Anime, I hardly play any games when college in session since it takes my attention away from the important stuff. The only exception is handheld gaming consoles. I will occasionally play with them when I’m out. However, if it’s during summer or winter break, I will spend a good amount of time playing games depending on my mood. Otherwise, I spend most of my time lurking on the Internet or doing my homework if any.
Lastly, I have my Japanese Self-Study, which I have started since October of last year. Since I want to learn a second language to benefit myself and to increase the chance of getting a job, it has become important to practice every day. I usually do this on my free time or with my homework so it will stay fresh in my mind. In addition to finishing the worksheets and making out sentences, I study the vocabulary every night through a program called Anki so I can remember them. Hopefully, I will pass the beginning level (N5) of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test this December with all the studying and practicing I’m doing now.
After my blog survived three years without any long periods of inactivity while I maintained a reasonably high GPA, I felt that I have accomplished a lot while keeping myself occupied. In a sense, good time management is closely related to active anime blogs. In turn, the opposite can happen, which is the reason why we see blogs die or frequently going on hiatus. As for me, things might change when I start my master’s degree in 2013. Therefore, I might find myself having less time to blogging than what I have now. Even so, I’m confident that I can adjust when the time comes and continue what I enjoy.