https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

An unconventional way to use the streak for motivation

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I want to reach level 16 in Dutch in the next 15 days. So, I'm going to let my streak go.

Tomorrow Thursday, when I re-start my streak, I'm going to use it like a countdown. Except instead of down, it will be counting up towards 15. On the 15th day, I'll be at level 16 if I've kept up. I'm pretty excited for the visual motivation. ^_^

image description: A small white bunny sits between the ears of a large, dark brown bunny.
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1 week ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Davey944676

That is seriously thinking outside the box! I love it. That's almost Evil Genius Thinking Up Cruel And Unusual And Unexpected Ways To Kill James Bond-type thinking (while sitting in a fortified-lair and stroking a cute rabbit) :)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Davey, LOL! It is 6:41am. This was unexpected and cracked me up. x'D

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pikachu025
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That Pascal casing haha... let me guess, you must be a Microsoft C++ developer. xD

OMG I just realized our streaks are a rearrangement of 1, 3 and 7. (137 and 371)[Dated 7th December 2018]

1 day ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ECMO16
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Good goal! Also I like that bunny

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pikachu025
Pikachu025
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Fun fact, "Usagi" : 「うさぎ」: 「兎」 means Bunny in Japanese! :P

Before you down-vote me for an irrelevant comment, look at the username of the person who started this thread. ;)

"oh"

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
Usagiboy7
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Thanks twice!

(Also, I just realized I have a streak freeze. :P So, I'll have to wait until Thursday to start (It's Tuesday for 3 more minutes here. But after that, I'll be headed to level 16! :D)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sachitdevkota
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I am too afraid to lose my streak even if it's for that haha i am a streak slave now :)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Sachitdevkota, motivation is motivation. If your current streak is offering you that, right on! ^_^

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sachitdevkota
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Lingot for you :)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/D3act1vat3d_Us3r

Usagi, I should just click on all of your posts just for the bunny pictures. ^_^

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https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Aaaaand, here we go!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
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Great idea! Good luck, friend. :)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
Usagiboy7
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Thanks! :)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RogueOfMetal
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Cool idea, but I ain't giving up this one, haha.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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RogueOfMetal, I don't blame you! 1552 days! Considering you've maintained it this long, you probably know everything in this discussion. But, I'll post it just in case there's anything unfamiliar in it that you might find useful. :)

I was a few days shy of 1000 when I lost my largest streak. I've since had streaks of various hundreds and less days. Losing streaks are much easier for me to breath through these days. And, as you can see, I've been exploring new ways to use them. :D

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AngelReyes403271

bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbooooooooooooooooooooooiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii if you dont

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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LOL! x'D

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/QUIENTONGR

I have just started and I think that is a very good way to use your streak, and uhh cute bunny :)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/QUIENTONGR

Usagiboy = RabitBoy xD Love it

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https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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:D ty! I saw this really cool artwork someone did of anthropomorphized, warrior bunny boys just as I was trying to pick a username. Thus, Usagiboy7 was born. Well, the 7 got added because someone had already claimed "Usagiboy"....they'd already gone inactive, but the name was still taken. :P (I've since spent (literally) hours and hours looking for that picture of the bunny warriors. But, it's vanished. T_T)

PS You've just started using the strategy for yourself, or you've just started on Duolingo?

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/QUIENTONGR

I just started duolingo.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pikachu025
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"Usagiboy was already taken". It's amazing how many people have the same ideas and likings.

I too added the "025" (hehe) for the same reason... :P

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https://www.duolingo.com/RachelF12345
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Pretty cool idea, good luck!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TWieferink

That's a great idea! I hope this will work for me too, always worth a try! Success, doe je best en veel geluk! :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Danke!

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https://www.duolingo.com/ExSquaredOver2
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That's some thinking you've got there. When I lose my streak I'll switch to your method.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeTato

Much ramen for you

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https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I love ramen! Perhaps at the end of the 15 days, if when I've reached my goal, I will make some. ^_^

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kiki607278
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I posted this discussion a few days ago and I think it relates to the discussion here. You should check it out. It's got some of the same stuff about streaks and motivation.

http://forum.duolingo.com/comment/29787622

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SpiritAnim6

GASP you are so wise!

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I dunno if I'd say that. But, I have been around a while and have tried various ways to motivate myself along the way. It was only a matter of time till I started tinkering with how I use the Streak.

I will say though, so far using the streak this way has generated phenomenal motivation in the last couple of days. I don't want to finish on the 15th day. Instead, I want to beat the count down. So, I've really been pushing myself.

I know that if I overuse the strategy it'll become less effective. So, I'll have to space it out and then take a break from using it that way until it can feel fresh again. It's fun to have another tool in the toolbox though. :)

6 days ago
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