I had set myself the goal of reaching level 40 by the end of 2018, which I did. However, it meant that I was really pushing myself to continue throughout the Autumn, even though I knew I was overdoing it.
I decided early on that I would take a break from lessons at level 40 to get my reviews under control, which I did from mid-December when I levelled up. I thought that I would probably start up again around the beginning of February, around a month later… To my surprise, I took an entire year out (and then some ).
I actually stopped doing reviews altogether for about three months during that time, and then spent over half a year just reviewing. It was great. I was always pretty good at taking breaks from lessons when I went on holiday and so on, but taking a week or two off just can’t compare to a really lengthly stretch of time, because you never get to properly tackle all those leeches swimming around in the Guru levels.
So I guess… if it’s getting too much, don’t be afraid of taking substantial breaks (not that I’m suggesting a year, heh!) as well as shorter ones. And really, don’t be afraid to slow down your lessons. You might lose the awesome feeling of levelling levelling levelling, but you gain the equally awesome feeling of being on top of everything and having good retention. Feeling in control is good