I need motivation to complete some daily studies. In the past, I used Web-based "don't break the chain" software. This counted when I studied and awarded various virtual trophies each time I reached a certain number of days. This proved sufficiently motivating, but the technology was not too reliable though. I ran into problems when the Internet could not connect for a single day, which meant I had to start over. Eventually the system was sold to another company and disappeared.
I want to find a completely low-tech solution. I've seen that some people simply use a calender and mark checks on each day, but this does not seem motivating to me.
Is there any other approach to recording and motivating a task that must be completed every day without relying on unreliable technology?