Recently my Beeminder goals are taking way more time and energy than I’m able to give. I’ve been derailing a lot, which is expensive and isn’t helping me achieve my goals. There isn’t a smoking gun as far as a change in my life or a particular goal that’s giving me trouble, it’s just generally too high of a level of pressure right now.
I’m wondering if anyone has dealt with this before and has ideas about which of these will be more or less effective:
Within the akrasia horizon
- Some goals have >1 week of safety buffer—no need to worry about those.
- Some goals have $0 pledge, and I never use no-mercy. I can force a derail using retroratchet / the road editor / changing the deadline, and get past the akrasia horizon that way.
- I could consider doing the same for goals that have non-$0 pledge, though that will cost me money.
- I could try to squeak by for a week. Maybe I will, maybe I won’t.
- I could email support and ask them to change something—but I’d only really consider that if something about the goal wasn’t legit.
Past the akrasia horizon
- I could archive some goals. But I like my goals and don’t especially want to give up on them.
- I could permanently decrease the rate on some or all of my goals. How should I determine which ones and how much?
- I could use take-a-break or the road editor to temporarily lower the rate for some period between a week and a year (most of my goals are set to end every year so I can review whether I want to renew them). Limiting case: temporarily set the rate to 0. How should I determine which goals, how long, and the temporary rate?
- I could decrease my pledges. Limiting case: set all my pledges back to $0. I generally lower my pledge one level when I renew a goal after a year (allowing myself one free/cheap derail). I could also change my pledge caps. Right now most are $30, a couple are pledgeless and I have one $5 and one $10.