Regular readers of this blog know about my daily checklist, the 21 items that I try to complete every day to both ensure that I take care of myself medically (medications, recording blood glucose and blood pressure, eating meals, etc.) and that I try to achieve a few items each day. A daily entry in this blog is one of those achievement items, another is my learning.
I define my learning as completing daily exercises in two smartphone apps, Elevate (a math- and language-based “brain training” app) and Duolingo (an app that teaches foreign language basics). To complete Elevate, I complete three games daily. A day’s worth of Duolingo now consists of at least two Italian lessons (if a module needs refreshing, I complete it, plus at least one new lesson each day) and all the Spanish modules that need strengthening, regardless of number. That number can wildly vary. At minimum, that’s only two Italian lessons, if Spanish is all maxed out. Yesterday, it was five Italian lessons and five Spanish.
I was mentioning to my wife how long my current streak is, and I realized something pretty cool.
My current streak is 292 days long. The streak I had before that was 119 days. That means that I’ve only missed one day since April 24, 2016. I’m strangely proud of that.
In the broad scheme of things, it’s not really that big a deal, I know. But it’s a measure of consistency for me, and I do value consistency.
I’ll keep you guys posted as I close in on the one year anniversary of this streak.