Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Almost caught up on a severely neglected deck

Neglecting an SRS deck is a crime punishable by death, yes. But over the past few days, it's also had an interesting, positive side effect on me.
I'm really getting an itch to return to inputting new material. I have dozens of words from various sources that I plan to find sentences of shortly, I'm eager to understand more of the material I'm reading, watching, playing, etc. However, I've also vowed to temporarily freeze adding new cards until I'm all caught up with my kanji (many of which I've begun forgetting).

The result of this urge is that I'm extremely motivated to plow through these suckers as much as I can possibly stand, and I've made incredible progress over the last couple of days. It's a great feeling being able to claw through 300+ cards a day for three or four days in a row, constantly motivated to get back to it whenever possible. This is not only working wonders on my catchup progress, but also for my SRS self-discipline. No longer have I been dreading my Anki reviews, wondering if I'll meet my quota for the day, because I know I'll meet or exceed it. I have every reason to believe that this will carry over to my "regular" reviewing in a few days.

In conclusion, being a lazy-ass sometimes has its benefits.

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