About 20 days ago I decided to start with the Core10K deck. This deck consists of nearly 9800 cards, of which I reviewed around 2870 cards so far. Reviewing at a pace of a hundred cards per day, and not reviewing daily but when cards are due, caused some 300 extra reviews per day. I don’t like to give up something that I started already, and even though it takes 30 to 40 minutes extra per day only for these additional reviews, with the so-called time-boxing sessions I prefer to use, it just got too much. Reviewing basics is all good and fine, having a deck with audio is also great, and the folks that did all the hard work deserve to be thanked for it, but I quit reviewing it.
This was no easy decision, and I considered several other options, but every one of them leads to the same outcome. Several extra reviews per day, if I decide to keep adding a 100 cards per day, but delete them after two or three sessions. Or I review a 100 per day, and delete them at the end of the session. Ultimately it comes down to the fact that I can spend more time on real material after giving up on the deck, which is more important than keep going and feel bored to no end. This is really the first time I felt bored, and rather than something that can easily be done on the side, it already started becoming a chore. This is a better decision, and maybe I shouldn’t have started with the deck in the first place.