What keeps you motivated to do your streaks on Duolingo daily?
I do my streaks as I'm trying to achieve a 1000 day streak (a very high chance of happening). Though it just occurred to me; why do you keep up your streaks on Duolingo?
It was kind of a relief when I lost my streak (around 500 days). It started to feel like a treadmill, especially when traveling over multiple timezones for work and having to ensure I did it before the end of my home time zone.
I stopped for a year and have re-started after a recent trip to Italy, but with mostly auditory resources this time around, and Duolingo as only a part of my study. Streak or no, I think it's a good thing to discipline yourself to do a bit of language practice each day.
I kept up the streak because I believed that it was the only thing ensuring my continued interest in learning Spanish, that as long as I didn't break it I would have a reason to push through when things get tough and motivation is low. I ended up missing a few days in a row and breaking my streak anyways right when it was nearing 100, and I'm still equally motivated to learn Spanish. So I guess now I'm just doing it for a feeling of satisfaction.
... I... I don't think I remember anymore.
I believe when I began building up my streak it was just because I loved seeing the numbers add up. Eventually, at about the 120ish day mark, the streak became a trophy and an inspiration to keep going if only for that little icon, which it still provides a good motivation for that. (Note: before I had this streak I lost a streak of about 114 days through an accident.) I am now motivated to do my lessons more for the sake of learning, but that little icon and the idea to keep the flame going is a good reason to make myself do at least one lesson, which is usually followed by about eight more.
I seriously believe that if I practice a language (or any other skill) every single day, for a very long period of time... inevitably I will master it.
Then, keeping up my strike in DL is an excellent support to my language learning goals, in two ways:
As a daily reminder of my commitment.
DL ensures my daily minimum dose of practice, for those days when I don't have enough time to use other learning resources.