And so it came to pass than on June 7, 2011 at 13:45 Japan Standard Time, angel13 said:
I am still in kanji (only about 150 or so in) and I am finding it extremely boring. I just can’t seem to get myself motivated to do it and I don’t want to delete kanji I haven’t memorized yet.
There are like, what, a kajillion (well, 120,000 ) kanji in the world? Dropping one or two…thousand here or there is no big deal. Plus you can always re-add a deleted kanji to your SRS deck later, they’re not going anywhere 😀 .
Boredom and perfectionism kill progress a lot faster than healthy deletion and streamlining. Fear boredom before you fear having a few random (and totally pluggable) holes in your knowledge.
Delete, destroy, skip, fast-forward, throw away, blow off, suspend, postpone anything boring that is in your way. The point is to be making contact with Japanese. That’s it. Everything else is detail. Everything else will take care of itself in due time.
If you want, think of it not as destroying the kanji, but putting it aside until it and you mature to a point that it’s interesting again. Sometimes you’re just not ready for a certain TV show or actor or book or kanji. And then suddenly you’re picking friends based on whether or not they like Stargate SG-1…
Boredom will suffocate and kill your Japanese baby, baby. Each boring thing you don’t kick out is like…like a fine cashmere blanket, and you’re piling these on top of the baby in the crib, and eventually she just can’t breathe.
You like that cashmere? You like how it looks? You like seeing it all nice and smooth and pretty and folded?
Do you want a perfect kanji deck so much that you’re willing to risk infanticide?