@Pkdragon Great stuff! In my case, studying Japanese is without question my dominant activity aside work (with is based in a Japanese school, so I’m utilizing it to read documents, make lesson plans, communicate with coworkers, etc). My daily life typically consists of biking in the morning before work, working, coming home and either playing Poke’mon (in Japanese) while listening to Japanese radio, studying Japanese (whether it be writing drills, WaniKani, Kaniwani, other kanji, or grammar), and reading (translating Japanese books). So I definitely can’t be used as a valid comparison. xD
@Metamorphosis One thing I’d definitely recommend changing is your KaniWani usage. While it may feel like “cheating the SRS,” utilizing KaniWani from the apprentice stage may up your workload quite a bit but will help you tremendously with remembering the kanji. Identifying meaning/readings from kanji and remembering kanji (if you use IME) and readings from the meaning actually forms different pathways in your brain, resulting in a more complex, and therefore stronger, memory of the content. I personally don’t take KaniWani nearly as seriously as I do WaniKani, letting myself get as much wrong without stressing about it. The study intervals seem faster than WaniKani (someone correct me if I’m wrong), so leeches will get reviewed so much you’ll be too sick of them to forget. In addition, I find the synonyms very easy to remember due to mixing them up on KaniWani.
The only other recommendation I could think of would be to take small steps to “spice up” your study time. If you are consistent yet aren’t getting the results you want, often a change in approach rather than a change in the amount of studying will yield better results. I don’t use Anki or another flash-card type system because I don’t want to cheat the SRS, but I will most definitely study the kanji I’m learning in different ways, such as practicing writing, looking up vocabulary not on WaniKani, and researching the background behind a kanji to see if there’s a cool reason why it’s written the way it is. These tactics make the kanji less of something to memorize and more of something which which I can connect. Rather than remembering that 秋 has “Tree” and “Fire,” it’s neat to think about a forest with trees that have leaves so red it looks like they’re on fire. Don’t let yourself get down. Have fun with it.