Posted by Kamira on Feb. 10, 2015, 1:31 p.m.

I somewhat recently started to animate and I've really enjoyed it. However, it takes a large amount of time and as a college student, time is not something I have a lot of. My longest video, Chop Chop, Pyro! took at least 72 hours of work, though I had a relatively work-free summer so I did have time then. My other two videos were short and didn't take much time, though. I have two large projects planned, but I worry that I'll never be able to get around to starting them. It's frustrating because when I'm busy, all I think about are all these ideas I have for videos, but when I do have free time, I usually waste it playing video games or watching Youtube videos. A couple days ago I tampered with my TF2 files so that I'd need to update and verify the cache in order to play it; TF2 was too much of a distraction, so I'm hoping I can focus better without it.

So, I have some questions for you guys: How do you balance school/work with your projects? How do you relax so that you can concentrate on working without getting stressed out and quitting when something goes wrong?

I worry that I may be too ambitious. I'm trying to be a prestigious student, an excellent engineer, a skilled animator, and a talented musician, and each day it becomes more challenging.


Toast 9 years, 4 months ago

I'm a terrible student. I had to postpone finishing my degree until this summer, I should have finished it last summer.

The main problem is not studying, but also having no resources to study with because I didn't go to any classes. And now I'm really up shit creek. Now I work 20-30 hours a week. I never spent that much time studying in the first place.

Acid 9 years, 4 months ago

I can only pick three:

- Be a father to my son

- Not fail school

- Go to work

- Get enough sleep

That doesn't even include time for my projects… but I try to sneak it in at work/school when I can.

death 9 years, 4 months ago

the thing is nobody here can tell you how to balance your time. in general, everyone has this problem an we all find our own ways to manage it whether it be by scheduling everything in your life, writing up lists or avoiding sleep. how you do it is your choice.

personally ive been struggling with this for a long while and its only getting worse as my level of responsibility keeps going up along with the amount of time needed to do school work. i barely have enough time for work and school combined, so during the school season i rarely get time to work on any thing gaming related. to make matters worse i have too many hobbies. odds are, when i spend time programming, thats time im taking away fron something else which will cause problems. in the end sacrifices have to be made. just be careful with what you chose to sacrifice.