I always feel a little bit of annoyance at how long my reviews take, but I generally can get past it by doing five or ten reviews then hitting “wrap up”, finishing that little set, then doing it again and again until I’m done. Somehow it seems like less work?
I don’t even take a break between the sets, but because it’s like 5 sets of 20, it doesnt feel neverending the way 100 reviews in a row would. You get rewarded with the screen telling you how well you did for each set, so it feels like proper progress!
I’m a real quitter, so I don’t know how long I can keep up Wanikani, but my advice as a fellow lazy person is that you shouldn’t be so down on yourself about not finishing a specific task you set for yourself.
The real goal is to learn Japanese right? You don’t necessarily have to be using Wanikani or studying consistently to reach that goal. Wanikani is great! But you’re not bad for not doing reviews. And not doing your reviews doesn’t mean you won’t reach that goal. If your reviews or studies are not what you want to do right now, maybe watch something or read something fun in Japanese. You’ll still be advancing towards your goal, but in a different way.
I don’t want to even think about all the classes I half assed, or all the half finished grammar books collecting dust in my room, or that N2 kanzen master I only read the first 5 pages of. But I passed N2 anyway! Maybe in 2020+, with even more unfinished learning materials, I’ll pass N1
Basically I’m saying it’s okay to quit stuff and procrastinate, so long as you keep doing something or other at some kind of frequency. You’ll reach your goal, whatever that is, eventually.
Studying any old way and only doing reviews when you’re in the mood might slow down your progress, but I think it’s also way less likely to burn you out or make you give up entirely. I find that having less negative feelings about the work I didn’t do, makes me less likely to procrastinate that same work in the future.
Maybe that’s actually kind of demotivational (if so, I’m sorry!) but I myself find it very alienating to just constantly see people saying to push through and keep at it no matter what. Cos that’s just not possible for me