I am a English teacher in Japan, and spend most my day at my desk with nothing to do so WaniKani helps pass the time lol. I never forget!
- Same sitting place, same device (less of same time)
- Obstinacy; obsession; so I think of it outside usual time too. Also, forcing through.
- Balancing of energy, so I don’t burn-out (longer period), or mini burn-out (enough for the day).
- I don’t empty the reviews, nor the lessons, if I don’t want to.
- Specific and timely goals. I want to Kanji game to end, completely (further beyond Level 60). No lifetime is one of the reasons of.
Otherwise, yeah, procrastinating important things in life.
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I definitely try to “associate” doing Wanikani with other activities. For example, I always try to do a few whenever I’m a passenger in a vehicle or while I’m drinking a coffee, etc. Although the every morning-every night formula works for some people, if you live a less structured life (aka college), it’s better to get your reviews associated with some activities you do during the day almost or almost every day. Good luck!
waves in fellow JET
A more serious answer: find something you can combine the habit with. I do have a lot of freetime at work to do my wanikani, but it has also kinda made my brain combine “Getting settled in at work in the morning” with “do my wanikani reviews for the morning”. (Evidenced by the fact that I’m awful about doing my wanikani on the weekends, when I don’t go in to work.)
It might take you some time and effort to get started, but if you can find something you do during the day (a snack break between classes, when you first settle down back in your room after class, etc) that you can make you “check wanikani and do reviews” time, it’ll help to make sure you’re at least getting things taken care of once per day.
I also have Flaming Durtles on my phone, with notifications enabled – so I can do my reviews when I have spare time (like on the train), and so the notifications can haunt me if I don’t (ʘ‿ʘ✿)
EDIT: Also, Don’t worry about getting all your reviews done every time. It’s easy to fall into the trap of “Well, I only have 5 minutes, I won’t be able to get a full batch done, I’ll wait until later…” and then never get to ‘later’. College is busy, make sure you’re not pressuring yourself to do them all at once. If you can do a couple in the 5 or 10 minutes before class, or at lunch, or riding the bus…do them then! It’ll add up, and every review you get done is one more review that kanji has had in your brain.
I have created my own morning routine around WK tbh.
First thing after getting out of bed is heating up water for my cup of coffee, while that’s happening, I freshen myself up, get dressed, make breakfast and put that together with my cup of coffee next to my laptop. WK is the first thing I look at on my PC that morning. I’ll do my reviews while having breakfast.
I have Tsurukame on my phone with push notifications on. Sometimes I ignore notifications with a low number of reviews, but if I see one with a higher number (like 40 at once), I’ll try to do them then and there so it doesn’t stack up.
Then a final review session at night before bed, so my reviews are at 0.
I like the routine haha. Sometimes it worries me how much I am looking forward and obsession over doing WK first in the morning while having my coffee.
I use my Telegram Bot to send me push notifications about any pending lessons or reviews that I need to do, makes me very eager to do them since I dislike getting a notification every hour and seeing the list of items to review increase each time.
Sorry for the self advertisement but it’s the truth here, I did develop it in fact for this specific reason!
Like many others here, I feel I have made it a habit by doing these 2 seemingly common things.
1: I do my reviews first thing in the morning when I wake up and then when I return from work/at night.
2: Wanikani is set as my browser homepage at home and work. I always keep it open in 1 tab so it’s visually always there as a reminder.
I’m always looking for recommendations on scripts!
My wallpaper is synced with my WK progress so I can’t miss it.
Flaming Durtles sends me a notification every hour as long as there is either a lesson or a review pending.
My home screen is set up so Japanese, including the Flaming Durtles app, is always front and center.
tell me more. how do you do this?
I’ll say that for Flaming Durtles specifically you can set the number of items to do in a session standardly. I suggest setting the number relatively low (10 - 25 or so) and just doing multiple sessions in a row if you really wanna do more than that number in one sitting. It makes squeezing in a quick review session much easier.
Well, recently I moved to Japan, and everything around me reminds me to review kanjis.
I wait untill they accumulate to about 20 kanjis and start to review them. After that I go outside and practice to read them on the ad banners.
Nothing to do? How do I get that job
Go through like a year long application process and move to another country, or at least thats what I had to do XD
Any advice? After I graduate
Honestly I dont have any tips here that .ight actually be useful. I just enjoy doing them.
I get a small thrill every time my review que is empty.
Every night after my two kids go to bed. I sit on the couch and take ten minutes to knock out 20 reviews. I dont usually push myself to get more than that. When I finish those 20 if im still up to it I study only 5 new vocab/kanji/radicals.
Sure I have 160 lessons available. But Id rather spend my time slowly chewing on a few Kanji, and practicing grammar or japanese immersion with other apps/shows at other times of day.
Well, as much as we joke about it, I don’t think any of us who applied to JET applied because we’d have a lot of free time. Personally, I entered the program because I wanted to live here and work on my Japanese, and teaching English is a reasonable way to support myself.
There’s plenty of discussion on the internet about what’s best to do or not do on the application, but I guess my big couple are to make sure your written responses and recommendation letters are really solid, to be honest about your interest in Japan (I know people say to never ever dream of mentioning manga/anime, but I don’t subscribe to that. If that’s where your interest stemmed from, there’s no shame in that, you just shouldn’t sit there going “Well I want to go to Naruto land”), and to be clear about why you want to do JET/teach in Japan as opposed to another country.
Also, while Wanikani isn’t something you can list on a resume, tests like the JLPT are and make for a good way to demonstrate interest in Japanese language/culture on the long term, rather than just as a job opportunity.
Which is why I’ll get back on the topic of this thread and add: I also tend to keep wanikani open in one of my browser tabs so I can quickly check/update it when I have the time and energy, and I have my email set to give me periodic updates about my reviews and forum activity, which can help to work as a reminder for me to go check in.