Yesterday I learned eight new kanji.
Now you’re thinking, that’s not terribly remarkable; in fact, not even really worth talking about, surely?
Perhaps so. The thing is, though, I got home pretty late and didn’t really want to add any new cards at all. But then I thought; okay, half a dozen at least, only takes ten minutes. There was a bit of a divide in the current chapter after the first eight so I did those.
My optimum number of new cards seems to hover around the mid-twenties, depending on how many new primitives I have to deal with. So eight is only 1/3 as good as twenty-four. However: it’s twice as good as four, four times as good as two, and eight times as good as one; and most importantly, infinite number of times better than none.
The point is, even if you learn one kanji (or vocabulary word, or grammar point, or whatever it is you’re focusing on) a day, eventually you will finish*. If you learn none, the project will die on the vine and all the time you’ve spent on it will be utterly wasted. Do something, anything, even if it seems insignificant, because any progress is infinitely better than no progress.
*insofar as anything like this is ever “finished”