Out of curiosity, what gave you the willpower to get through the backlog of reviews?
I restarted a couple of times, but the amount to slog through would quickly drive me away again. It wasn’t until I went the other way and set limits (25 a day - that’s it - until it’s done) where I managed to not run away in defeat. That, and I want to read this one day: https://www.kadokawa.co.jp/product/321504000109/
I got some advice to tie the studies to my personal identity. So I started thinking of myself as “someone who studies Japanese”. Viewing it this way means that when I have free time now I think of doing reviews as a default option, rather than work or a burden that has to be done. I remembered that learning Japanese is a hobby of mine and I want to get better at it, so reviews should be an opportunity.
I started doing my reviews on PC only. I used to do them on my phone only, and the amount of time difference for text input was huge.
I am lucky enough to work at a job where I have a computer and am not that heavily scrutinized. So I started doing reviews during downtime at work rather than just trying to get them all done at one time during the day.
For me the mental threshold is about 100. As long as there’s fewer than 100 reviews I can generally do them all in one or two batches, but if it gets above that I begin to lose hope.
Edit: I’ll also add that compared to my fiance who also does WK, I am comfortable with an 88% review rate compared to her aiming for 100%. This lower rate allows me to be a bit sloppier and treat reviews more casually, and overall actually gives me a speed increase.
My mental threshold was 100 before I fell off. I tried it coming back, but I just couldn’t sustain it. So I went for the slow and steady route. Now I manage my lessons to keep the “Next Day” number around 100. It’s often above that because of reviews coming in, but it’s been working for me, so far.
I am PC/phone agnostic. I do find a Japanese keyboard on the phone helps, but it’s still not as good as the computer. And my work situation is similar to yours. Computer when I’m at my desk. Phone when I’m waiting for my lunch to heat in the breakroom microwave.
88% seems reasonable. I like to be above 90%, but don’t beat myself up too badly if I’m not - obviously I need more practice with that radical/kanji/vocab, and WK will conveniently show it more often when I make a mistake.
Not sure what excuse to give but I clearly had some really long hibernation going at the start… Don’t know how you guys go through levels so fast ¯_( ಠ д ಠ )_/¯ At this rate I will probably need another 20 more years to finish and I’m barely even past level 2 HAHAHA