I would offer you commiserations, but it may be more of a blessing than anything.
Allow me to explain.
I’ve come to the view that streaks can end up being an anti-motivational tool, since I’ve always believed that taking an occasional break can help with the “can’t see the forest for the trees” issue that can stem from doing any form of study purely to preserve a streak; especially streaks that run for months or years.
My normal working environment has me surrounded by 3 computers and 4 screens. 1 computer/screen is on CM, and as I work during the day I’ll complete a task, then switch over and do a cloze or 10, then return to work. I don’t regard this as multitasking because the intent is to make it as natural as breathing and needing minimal conscious thought. So with this arrangement, it’s hard for me to miss a day, right? Yet one… Thursday, I think it was, a few weeks ago, I did exactly that. I was rearranging my office and never turned on the third (CM) computer. On the Friday, I thought… “Did I do any CM yesterday?” And I looked at my streak.
Zero. I’d also missed seeing the reminder e-mail.
I think my streak was over 3 years in Italian (I don’t think it could have been less, though I’ve been playing for longer than that), and a few months, maybe a year in German. My first reaction was “Uh-oh” with a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach.
My second was… it was like having a weight lifted off my shoulders. The streak was gone and there was nothing I could do about it… but then I realised that there is nothing I WANTED to do about it because I knew that I didn’t want to go back to playing at least a few questions on days that I really wasn’t in the mood to, just to keep the streak going.
I ended up just skipping CM entirely for a couple of weeks. I had no idea what my old streak was (since that doesn’t show in our profiles), so I couldn’t aim to beat it. Not that I want to ever do a streak that long again anyway, but having, say, “Your 10 longest streaks” plus “Your most recent streak” on our profiles might motivate some people to try to stretch themselves. Another motivator might be showing how many days since we last played, which is a number most people wouldn’t want to increase TOO high… but again that’s not available. (I could guestimate from the last time I levelled up, but I couldn’t be sure. So I THINK I was out for about 2 weeks, but it may have been longer.)
Since this all happened I’ve actually deliberately missed a day again, just to ensure that I don’t ever get hooked on the streak dopamine hit again. And I’ll be doing the same in the future.
Your mileage may of course vary, but I find the destruction of mine to be a very liberating feeling.