I wanted to share this service that I’ve been using for the past couple of months, Beeminder. The idea is that you pledge a small amount of money, e.g. $5, to doing a particular thing every day/week/whatever, and if you miss your target, they automatically charge your credit card.
I’ve found this works quite well for my Japanese studies, where I otherwise don’t have much incentive to stay on top of things! For Wanikani, my goal is to finish all pending reviews, at least once a day, 5 days a week (Mon-Fri). This gets automatically sent to Beeminder and made into a nice graph.
I’ve found it helps me to stay on top of my reviews every day and avoid a big review pile up. Anyway, I have a Google spreadsheet that performs the automatic link between Wanikani & Beeminder, so you can pick it up here if that sounds interesting. I’ve made it user-friendly with full set-up instructions inside.
Enjoy! Also, anyone else using Beeminder here?