How often have you found yourself thinking or saying the following?
“I wish I had more time for myself.”
“I don’t have time to write tonight or edit.”
We all lead busy lives and the one thing we never seem to have time for is to enjoy our anime blogging hobby to the fullest.
Getting better as an anime content creator starts with having ample time to consume the medium and create. After all, you can’t expect to find yourself improving if you’re barely watching anime in the first place or drafting ideas.
Creating more personal time tops the list of goals many content creators want to accomplish. With work time, school time and social time all demanding our attention, we are constantly juggling our day-to-day responsibilities.
And that’s bad news for your anime content.
We all have the same 24 hours every day. The way we use those 24 hours is what matters the most.
If you find the right methods, and get better at being productive you can take advantage of these 24 hours to the utmost and grant yourself with a bigger window to consume anime and produce new material.
The scope of this blog is to going to give you some ways that can help you do just that.
You probably won’t be able to utilize every way because it depends on your everyday schedule. But I hope that you will be able to find something that helps!
Recognize Where You’re Losing Time
We all have tasks that keep us away from anime, but most of us don’t even know what they are. If you can identify where you’re losing time, the activities or situations that throw you off course, distract or interrupt you, or the bad habits that keep you from your series, you will improve your content creating window dramatically.
If you try and apply different methods, and you ignore your factors that are stealing your time, the effort will remain fruitless.
If you just aim to change one of your worst time management habits, you will change your results immediately. It will most likely also give you the impetus to change what else isn’t working, once you feel the reward of your efforts and you see the clear connection between what you do and what your reality is.
Think about one thing, that if you changed right now, that would have the biggest positive influence on your anime time. Write this down, think about what causes or contributes to this and what your solution will be moving forward.
Don’t forget to put results before comfort, if that is what you really want.
Multitasking Is Actually Impossible And You Should Probably Stop Trying To Do It
“Humans don’t really multitask,” concluded Eyal Ophir, the primary researcher on a groundbreaking Stanford Multitasking study released back in 2009.
True multitasking — that is, doing more than one thing simultaneously — is a myth, as our brains are actually switching between tasks extremely quickly.
Although some people seem to have become decently good at this bouncing around of focus, Ophir explains that these people are often working toward a different goal of juggling focus to make sure they don’t miss anything.
So if you want to get a specific task done to free you up for some quality anime time, you should stop trying to multi-task and keep your brain turned on the most important work at hand.
Give Yourself Regular Breaks
Your schedule should not look like an endurance test. If you’re focusing single-mindedly on each item and putting in full effort, you will need to take breaks at regular intervals.
No one can focus at full capacity for hours on end.
When you come to the end of one task, give yourself a short break. Perhaps watch an episode of that latest anime in between duties that relates to your upcoming piece. If you’re strapped on time for a full episode then it may be best to simply view a TV short that’s in the same ballpark.
To this you might say, “duh” but really, if you’re constantly scrambling to find room for anime and writing about it, perhaps you ought to think about doing less.
If it’s making you stressed or anxious, then maybe it really is too much. What activities are pushing you away from more time with anime?
Consider eliminating things in the short term and the long term.
Maybe you’re on too many committees or in too many groups. Whatever it is, they will be there when you’re ready but know that you’re not serving anyone by completely overextending yourself.
Wrapping It Up
If your actions are aligned with what matters to you the most, then you’re being productive. If your actions go against what truly matters to you, then you’re not being productive.
This means that sometimes work isn’t productive, and other times, relaxing, playing, and just simply enjoying your anime is the most productive action you can take.
Always keep that in mind.
Let Seasonal Prattle Know What You Think!
Did I miss anything? Do you have any ways to grant yourself more time with your anime? Comment below and let me know!