You make so many good points. It is almost annoying, but like, in a good way, if that makes sense.
I actually went looking for synonyms to annoying that had a more positive slant (couldn’t find any when traversing an online thesaurus but that is probably on me), because your message makes a bit too much sense. And I’m not ready to give up my plan.
Also worth noting: I’m “cheating”* by erasing wrong answers at every turn. So once I finish all lessons and get through the initial reviews, my review amount will decrease every day (since nothing goes down in SRS levels).
As for SRS in general, I’m still feeling alright with it currently so my strategy is not poisoning the well so far. It is just some review piles that can feel a bit more than I want to deal with, but so far nothing that takes over my life or that I feel like I have to give up things for. Not beyond what I was giving up before on a slower schedule.
Currently I don’t have plans to start another SRS when I finish WK, and I don’t currently do any outside it. Doesn’t mean I won’t use SRS again, although it isn’t something I’ll immediately start. My plan is to read, preferably read more, but maybe other life stuff will take the space. And after the holiday season, so starting next year, I want to focus a bit more on grammar, finish out reading/learning the rest of N3, and start dipping into N2 and N1. I’m thinking about picking up the shinkansen master jlpt books when I visit the UK.
For now, my plan is to only dip back into SRS for a specific purpose. Koohi have word lists for some books and book series I want to read, so when I’m getting ready to read those, I will probably use that SRS for a bit. To smooth the ride a bit. But overall the plan is just to read, and study some more grammar. But maybe I’ll just dedicate more time to reading and only go to grammar resources when I’ve read some more stuff, so maybe I’ve seen the stuff already.
That is my plan for now, but I’ll see how I feel some time after the holidays.
You have very good points, and if I feel the scales starting to tip, I will definitely re-evaluate. :3
*I put quotation marks around cheating. For two reasons: (1) Even correcting my wrong answers help me learn the item and I’ll often remember them when the next review comes around even for longer intervals, (2) WK is about awareness for me, not learning, if I learn that is a happy side-effect. Meaning that I don’t considering it cheating, because I’m learning in a way that works for me.