Last month I was not able to do any reviews for a whole week, due to a work trip.
I decided not to use vacation mode, because I didn’t want to mess with my SRS review times, thinking that it would be the same anyway and that I wouldn’t have any problems catching up.
And that was my mistake. I came back home to 700+ reviews and couldn’t bring it down. I sat on them, doing single 20-100 review sessions per day and then giving up. Finally, after a week I had dwindled the reviews down to 500 and then just sat down and forced myself to go through them.
Because of this delay, I ended up taking 37 days to complete level 15.
I think if I had vacation mode enabled I would have been able to get back into the swing of reviews more quickly. I certainly wouldn’t have lost a week doing hopeless review sessions staring at a huge triple digit number. Given that my average level time is 12 days, plus 7 days vacation mode and a few days of adjustment, I probably could have completed the level in 20/25 days, instead of 37.
So lesson learned. Next time I will use vacation mode.
Has anyone else come to the same conclusion?