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How do you guys manage your time?
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Posted 5/17/14
How do you guys manage your time and avoid procrastinating? I'm trying to get into medical school to become a doctor but my love of anime sometimes triumphs over my time management skills and I am unable to study. How do you guys manage your time especially with so many good anime out there to watch?
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Well for starters I try to get restrained by friends. I tell them to not let me near the computer or any device and if I beg for it back they keep it longer. It's absolutely terrible.

The second thing that's probably easier is just watch some bad anime and get you to hate it for a while, then when you want to get back into it watch a good series and get hooked all over again. There are a lot of ways to manage time, like setting restrictions from yourself, try a little bit of everything until one fits for you because not everyone is the same. Even I still have trouble with this so I can't really answer your question.
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You have asked about a matter that has had volumes written about concerning this subject, and continues to have books written today. If you want to master time management, then listen carefully.

It all begins from one thing. Priority. You see once you have set your priority straight for that day, you will naturally give the "important stuff" more of your time. However, give something else more priority, and you will again, naturally, give it more of your time.

So you need to sit and ponder about what really is more important at the present time. It is imperative that you do in fact reach a conclusion otherwise you will be in a confused state unable to discern what deserves your attention and then you will end up spreading yourself thin and that will result in wasted time, and effort for that matter.

My advice, to myself, and then to you, is what needs to be done is to think intellectually about the issue, plan, and execute. What do I mean by this? Here is an example for what your typical day may be like. You wake up, wash face, eat breakfast, then you go study for 2-3 hours your intended text. Then you take break, watch some anime for maybe an hour or two, no problem, then you, go back to your book or whatever, study for another hour or two, then review what you learned that day with regards to the topics you went into, then call it a day for studying, and then do whatever you want. you can go to the gym, hang with friends, chill at your local coffee shop, spend time with family, etc. You get the point.

You will only alter your study time depending on if this is a study day or if its a day to review, or if you like to study a little everyday until exam, doesn't matter. Point is, you will alter your time spend depending on your circumstances and of course the root of it all, your priorities.

You will notice the best people who gets stuff done the swiftest and smoothest, are generally speaking(there are sometimes exceptions after all) people who have their priorities straight. In other words, don't be the guy who shows up late, cant find his hw, and doesn't know where his local hospital is. Be prepared, be vigilant, be proficient. Hope this advice was helpful and beneficial even if only a little.
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Posted 5/17/14
I don't.
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The only real thing you can do is suck it up and simply make yourself do the work you need to do.

It can help to make yourself little goals through out the day. For instance, after completing an assignment or an hour or studying, you let yourself watch an episode of anime. After that episode, you go back to studying; rinse repeat.

You can make a list of all the things you need to do in a day/week with how much time it takes to complete those things. Then you can plan your schedule around making sure you get those things done. You simply don't do fun things without having completed that day's scheduled items.

You can make a chart with four corners: Upper Left - Urgent and Important Things, Upper Right: - Not Urgent, but still Important, Lower Left - Urgent, but not Important, Lower Right - Not Urgent and not Important. You then place all the things you need to do in their appropriate categories. For instance, you assignment due in two days is likely in the Upper Left. Anime is in the Lower Right. You work through your items from upper left to lower right. This is more of a work center strategy (IE I have a project due, but the boss just threw this unimportant crap at me and wants it NOW) but it could still apply.

There's a thousand other strategies out there. In the end, though, it's all about your personal drive. If you want to be a doctor, you seriously just have to suck it up, and do what you need to do. If being a doctor and having the life you want isn't enough of a motivator for you, perhaps you need to rethink your plans.
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Multi-task everything.... course I never have anything really important to do but you can bet if I'm playing an MMOrpg I'm watching Dubbed anime while running dungeons/raids. And if I'm crafting or gathering materials then I'm watching subbed anime. Even started trying to listen to Japanese Audio lessons while at work lol. But like I said before I don't ever really have anything important to do.
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Self control. I make lists of tasks I need to get done and I do them in no particular order. If you start doing things early enough and in a quick but efficient manner, there's no real need to prioritize one thing over another. If you get the more "worky" stuff out of the way, then you can have more time to lollygag and slack off. If a professor gives you an assignment/project a month before the due date, finish it weeks before it's due and use your extra time to do things you want to do.

I guess I sort of use the whole "Work ---> Reward" thing a lot. Watching anime or playing video games after completing some official task has made me a quick worker--without the sacrifice of quality.

But, as it's been said, you need to find something that works for you. If you really want to be a doctor, then you should pull yourself together and do what needs to be done. Something as frivolous as anime shouldn't be getting in the way of your future.
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Hmmm sometimes I worked better under pressure, i dunno why, if I worked right away I spaced out & do random shit, like throwing my classmates ninjas stars or sticking pencils on my friend's hair. Teehee
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I honestly don't have anything to do since my classes never give us homework so I kill time watching anime\playing games.
Posted 5/17/14
i'm the worst person to talk to about time management

I do things based on... "if I feel like it". like I lost about $60 from my retirement fund, because I was too lazy to call up the company to cancel the automatic life insurance.
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how i mangae it is by watching and doing everything fun until the last possible moment by that time i usually have about 4 hours before its either due the next day or that same day than i get to work. i work best under pressure, i look crazy coming into class but it gets the job done i get A's
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I have to set limits for myself and say that I will not game/watch anime during test weeks or times where I need to be studying. Keep your dreams as your priority and keep your hobbies as things secondary to that. Temptation is hard, and I'm guilty of procrastinating or watching an anime when I should have been studying but at the end of the day just put things into perspective and reserve anime time for when you have free time. If you do that you'll also be able to enjoy the anime more and not feel guilty about watching. It's all about perspective and when/how to fit things in while also being content when you cannot fit in time for leisure.

Best of luck to you in your studies and plans to go to medical school!
Posted 5/17/14
You definitely have to learn self control, first of all.

...But that is something that I do not have. Lately I've just been going with the flow. I do everything last minute, I realize. I really should manage my time better. /)3(\
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Poorly, I am a die hard procrastinator. Sometimes i'm too lazy to even watch anime, because turning on my Ps4 seems like such a hastle, so I just end up watching Youtube for 4 hours. I have a problem.
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You want to become a doctor? Say good-bye to anime!

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