WaniKani has been a fantastic learning experience for me. In just 8 months I have learned over 900 Kanji, almost 2900 vocabulary (real words) and much more. It also gave me the context I craved and found nowhere else: “why does this kanji mean this, vs that?”
However, this has required a 2-3 hours per day effort, -every single day- at minimum.
When I started my mission to learn Japanese, I was juggling grammar, hiragana, katakana (thankfully those were very fast) and Kanji. Kanji was extremely alien to me, so WaniKani was what I needed in order to solve my main problem. But I had to make a decision, I work full time, I even work extra most nights, I need to take care of my body (exercise) + family time, etc. so I had to cut everything else off just to guarantee those 2-3 hours per day.
I resumed my grammar studies last week (Minna No Nihongo, Anki with N5 and N4 grammar) and once again realized I didnt have enough time for that + my current WaniKani approach (although I inmediatly saw the bennefit of having gone through the Kanji here in WK, I already know most words, and pretty much all Kanji in the earlier levels, so everything has gone smoothly, compared to the mess when I started 8 months ago)
Request for help:
How should I move forward? I have the following 2 scenarios as baseline, what would yo recommend? I appreciate in advance any and all context/feedback.
Scenario 1: Keep going as is. Effort = 2-3 hours per day, level up in 8-9 days, reach lvl 60 in 8 months. Impact = not enough time for anything else, grammar and other Japanese endeavors would remain paused
Scenario 2: Slow down WK a bit. Effort = 1 hour per day, level up in 14 days, reach lvl 60 in (I dont want to think about it). Impact = This would free me 1-2 extra hours per day to advance with grammar, more Anki, trying to actually read a book/manga/novel in Japanese (no time now to attempt, look for answers, etc.). However: Kanji would lag behind, and I do appreciate the fact that I can figure out 900 Kanji, I would really like to have the expected 2000 ASAP.
Sorry to bring you all my persona dilema, I just want to make sure that whatever decision I end up taking, considers your best recommendations.