How To Watch Anime More Efficiently (And Be Productive)

How To Watch Anime More Efficiently (and Be Productive)
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Watching anime more efficiently, effectively, and being smarter with the way you go about it is always gonna be a WIN if you’re serious about productivity.

Not that enjoying a hobby like anime has to be:

  • Serious.
  • Calculated.
  • Mathematical.

Or anything along those lines, but having more time in your day to do more things and fill it with more of the things you WANT is really what it’s all about.

So that’s what this post is gonna be about:

  • Being more productive as an anime watcher.
  • Cutting out bad habits related to watching anime.

And anything in between that’s beneficial.

Let’s talk about it.


How to watch anime efficiently:


1. Stop trying to watch everything at the same time

confused girl yuru yuri

This is a bad habit that almost everyone falls into because it’s easy to. I mean after all when there are so many:

  • Seasonal anime shows that are good.
  • Anime from different genres to watch.
  • And anime with lots of potential, hype, etc.

It’s easy to try and watch them all at once just because you can, but in reality you end up:

  • Not remembering.
  • Retaining.

And being able to recall the information properly because you’re overwhelming yourself with too many anime, and it eats away at your time as well.

There are over 10,000+ anime shows in existence. There’s no sense in trying to rush or race your way into watching as many as you can for the sake of it.

Not everything is worth watching, and not every anime is worth your time either. Especially not for me that’s why I don’t watch everything.

Watch what makes sense and leave it at that. You can get to all the other ones later if that you’re serious about watching it (and being productive).


2. Never watch anime during the day

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Watching anime during the day, the morning, the afternoon, or mid day never works out in your favor unless you choose to watch it on a day off or something related.

When you do anything during the day or earlier in the day you end up building a habit out of it, and it’s harder to backtrack or eliminate that thing once it becomes the norm,

The day is a time when there’s more going on, you’re naturally busier, getting things done, outdoors, or whatever the case may be… but night time is where it’s at.

That’s the one time in the day that everything calms down, is chilled, less distractions, and so on. And it’s easier to watch anime for a couple of reasons.

  • No need to feel guilty about being unproductive.
  • Everything else is out of the way (priorities).
  • There’s nothing else left to do until tomorrow (in general).

And it’s the best time to wind down and let your hair down if you wanna put it like that.


3. Binge it, or pace it

anime character watching tv computer

When watching an anime series you have a couple of choices.

  • Binge the anime completely without stopping
  • Or move at a steady pace and watch a bit at a time.

When talking about time management, productivity, being efficient, and using your time more wisely when it comes to anime, these 2 choices matter.

Bingeing works if you choose to do it occasionally or on a certain day, etc. Like a Saturday, Sunday, or the weekend if you’re willing. But that works only for anime that aren’t as long as Naruto or One Piece.

Even an anime like Inuyasha will be difficult to binge in one day. But it’s much better from a time management point of view to binge.

If you choose to move at a steady pace, an anime is only 20 minutes long pretty much. So 1-3 episodes is like 20 minutes or 1 hour only (per day).

Anymore extreme than that whether bingeing or pacing, and it’ll do you no good if productivity is the goal.

Relevant: The Psychological Effects Of Anime, And How Fans Are Impacted


4. Don’t force yourself to watch what you don’t enjoy

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This happens almost every season when it comes to anime shows, regardless of them being older or newer and ongoing.

When watching an anime seasonally you never know what to expect at times.

If you’re not enjoying the anime in the early stage whether it’s seasonal or just an anime you found that you wanna see, it might be worth dropping it all together.

Sometimes it’s worth considering (beforehand) if people say it gets better later on or not. Otherwise from a “time” point of view, forcing yourself is only gonna waste your time and energy.

It’s false hope at some point. Bingeing is a good way to find out faster.


5. Start the clock

clock within anime

Some people don’t even know how long they spend doing things during the day. And that’s regardless of whether it’s anime, manga, regular TV, exercise, work, studying, or whatever else.

One way to find out or get an idea is to run the stop watch on your phone or computer’s clock. And then start grinding away at whatever it is you wanna measure the time of.

In this case that would be anime, and you can run it for the duration of the anime to keep it down to one or 2 anime. Or you can run it so it pings after a certain amount of time.

If you can measure it you’re better off as far as efficiency and productivity.


6. Zone in

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We all have a bad habit of being on the phone and being surrounded by TONS of tech while watching anime or watching anything these days.

Look at the cute anime girl in the picture. She’s focused on the laptop and nothing else. She’s zoned in, or in the zone if you like that phrasing better.

If time matters to you from an efficiency and productivity point of view, then wasting it distracted while trying to watch an anime only makes it harder to watch that anime.

It means rewinding a lot, backtracking a lot, pausing a lot, and faffing about in general, making it harder to be efficient and manage your time better.


7. Headphones

anime girl wearing headphones nightcore cute

You can’t beat headphones. They’re one of the best inventions we’ve had in the past 2 decades.

When watching anime or doing anything on your laptop, wearing headphones is always gonna be one of the best choices you make as far as being productive.

When wearing headphones you shut out everything else but the thing you’re listening to and paying attention to. Which is obvious, but it’s so simple it’s easy to miss or ignore it.

More chance of being distracted and wasting time WITHOUT headphones than with headphones.


Watching anime more efficiently:

  • Stop trying to watch everything at the same.
  • Never watch anime during the day.
  • Binge it or pace it.
  • Don’t force yourself to watch what you don’t enjoy.#
  • Start the clock (timer).
  • Zone in.
  • Wear headphones.

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