Love the way you've shared this. Thanks
To be honest I hope that I can slack off on the daily exercises after a while because they're a bit of a bore, and just play songs instead, but for now it's blindingly obvious that I need a lot of regular practice.
I've seen a few responses to this observation. Thought I'd share my 2cs worth.
I think this is where the discipline kicks in that is driven by a desire to get better. I start my sessions with practice and reward myself with songs. And every now and then, totally randomly, I just play songs.
I can see now that my previous strategy of just playing songs got me to a certain level (a pretty poor level) and no further. So I try and keep the practice just challenging enough to be interesting, to see progress and not become frustrated plus enough time at practise to learn but not feel bogged down. Following the Beginner course stages (as you are) is doing that for me.
I'm in 4 now and working at getting my changes with B7 and C7 up to 50-60. And every now and then I have a crack at Dock of the Bay and Killing Me Softly to see where I am. When I'm happy playing those then I can move to stage 5 (as a blues lover keen to get into those triplet shuffle rhythms).
And of course whatever works for you and helps you feel satisfied is fine ...