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Why maintaining a Streak is important

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I can't believe that; I allowed myself to regress by failing to maintain my writing streak. I feel so sad that; it was three days ago since I last published an article after promising myself to write consistently.

The importance of streak is being underestimated in today's world. As a user of the language learning app "Duolingo", I have always wondered why maintaining a streak is given so much attention on the app, but, now I know the reason why.

When, you maintain a streak in doing something, the less likely for you to stop doing it and the more likely you are going to achieve the goal you set.

But, as soon as you let yourself lapse, the more you will find yourself giving excuses for not doing it, and thereby this reduces the chance of you getting back on track.

That was what happened when I let a day pass by without writing. The next day the thought to write vanished away. Yesterday I promised myself to write I did but not on this platform but, on Hive. I was thinking I would be able to write on both platforms, but my schedule didn't go as I planned because I got distracted and busy with other things.

When your streak get broken

After your streak gets broken; two things would happen and you will be the decider of which. It is either you pick yourself up and restart another streak or fall into the trap of prolonging your abstinence.

For example, imagine someone who is trying to wean away from addiction to substances like drugs, alcohol or smoking; by promising himself or herself not to take it anymore. Let's assume such a person spent the next 30 days without the substance but succumbed on the 31st day. Such a person would likely not restart the streak because there is a tendency that the person might think of himself or herself as a failure and the lure of whatever substance the person was addicted to would surge.

How to maintain consistency

That's the reason, why people who are trying to wean themselves from whatever addiction they have; need the right people around them.

You can't say you want to stop smoking and continue to work in a cigarette company because every day you would get tempted to smoke. You can't say you want to give up drinking while you move and roll with people who are heavy drinkers.

You need the right people who will steer you away from the addiction you are trying to leave, and not people who will draw you back and make you relapse. Also, to maintain a streak you need people who will check up on you and make sure you don't relapse.

Streak isn't only important for people who are trying to stop an addiction but, for also people who are trying to learn something new or pick up a new habit. If you want to change your bad habits: you need to pick up good habits that will replace the bad ones.

For example, someone who spends a lot of time on social media can remove this habit or addiction by forming a new habit like reading books, writing or exercising. This will slowly tell the brain to replace the old bad habits with the new good habit.

Also, for people who want to learn something new or start a new journey, you need to surround yourself with people who are into the path you have chosen. You have to be consistently practicing or lest you fall off.

That's why I like Duolingo, they always remind me with notifications to always continue my learning streak. Same in reality, you need someone who would check on you from time to time to make sure you fulfil your streak.

So what happens if you have nobody who can fulfil this role?

Then you should be the motivator of yourself, always remind yourself of the benefits of picking up new habits or why you should stop an addiction or the benefits of picking up a new career path.

I wish, I can be consistent in my learning path and my writing journey.

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23-08-2022

5:35 pm

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I easily fail to maintain consistency in writing because of factors around us affecting our performance here or in other platforms. And yes, once you lose focus, laziness sets in.

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3 months ago

Factors around me also gives room to lost of focus, but we need to keep try to maintain focus amid distraction

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3 months ago

There may be many loved ones to free you from bad addictions all the time. If there is such a person, he can be kept away from bad addiction. If not, you have to try your best.

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3 months ago

I have relent so much from the Duolingo app, that streaks help a lot but I neglected it. I think you have reignite it with this article of yours.

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3 months ago

Hehe, Duo is willing to welcome you back.

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3 months ago

Breaks are easier to maintain once you have a large following. Streaks are more important in the beginning.

While I agree it wouldn't work for most people, I do know an alcoholic who got sober (and is still sober 20+ years later) while working in a beer plant.

Consistency helps, no doubt about it. However, it's easy to get burned out on "current news" and related material, and with a break, you find new material. As a news writer, it's particularly challenging because it is not news if it isn't new.

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3 months ago

While I agree it wouldn't work for most people, I do know an alcoholic who got sober (and is still sober 20+ years later) while working in a beer plant.

Yeah it happens but it takes a lot of courage and determination to do that

Also breaks helps and that's the reason why writers and musician go on holiday, to get more inspiration.

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3 months ago

Well, I must say... So true! Now I am more aware and thank u for sharing! Bless you!

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3 months ago

You're welcome Jento!

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3 months ago

When, you maintain a streak in doing something, the less likely for you to stop doing it and the more likely you are going to achieve the goal you set

That's just it, I realized this several months ago and it's the reason why I don't want to ever miss a day without publishing an article here because I know it will be very hard to come back. It might be difficult to always write an article every day but it is even more difficult to write one after taking a break

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3 months ago

Gosh, you're absolutely right: "writing every day can be hard but is harder writing after taking a break."

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3 months ago

Is not an easy thing though I must say haa because you would be feeling all energetic to do this and that only for one small mood to spoil that eagerness...keep fighting ooo that's how we win...says the person that hasn't published in read.cash since 6 days rofl 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 but that's truth though

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3 months ago

Your comment is so true, mood plays an important role in writing.

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