I was a very regular WK user for a couple years, really putting the pedal to the metal in 2019 (leveling up roughly every 8 days, I think I moved from level 30-ish to 50 between Jan and October) in preparation for a trip to Japan. During the trip itself I activated vacation mode which I promptly deactivated when I returned (and got back on that regular review schedule).
However, going into the 2019 holidays I forgot to enable vacation mode during a trip to see family and roughly 1800 reviews accumulated (given how quick I was leveling up, these only took a few days to build up). Once I realized what happened I turned on vacation mode again until the new year 2020.
I got back into my reviews in the new year, but at the beginning of 2020 I was starting a new job, getting ready to move, and then (of course) coronavirus happened. I was never able to clear that backlog fully, and in March I enabled vacation mode once more to move and settle in.
Unfortunately 2020 happened, so I only ended that vacation mode last week. Now I’m facing 1600 reviews across 51 levels of WK and I’m looking for advice on tackling them. So far I’ve been trying to keep myself below a threshold each day (for example, by the end of the day tomorrow I’ll have 1652 reviews, so I need to do reviews today until that’s at or below 1600). I do 10 reviews at a time to make sure they actually get completed and I’m spending about 1-2 minutes per item to refresh my mnemonics and to reinforce my foundations (I want to retain these, no “eh, good enough” or peeking/looking up).
Needless to say, this has been extremely draining (I still have a 9-5 job and other responsibilities).
Has anyone else been in a similar situation and pulled themselves out? Prior to this I always kept my reviews/lessons at 0, so there’s some severe psychological damage to knowing it will be weeks before I see that again.
I would really love to be able to just pause all but ~200 or so of my items so I can really re-learn and refresh them, moving them into Master/Enlightened before moving on to more, but with a random draw in such a large pool, that simply will not happen. I’ve considered resetting from 52 to…35 or so, just to trim the fat, but I’m worried about that as well.
tl;dr - I’m a high level coming back from a long break with a backlog of reviews…advice?