I find that a lot of my derailments are when I procrastinate and derail on a lot of things at once (I forgot to check Beeminder, or I fell asleep, or I went out drinking and, well…).
These are all valid derailments that I committed to, but they sting extra hard when it happens all at once, and it feels like it has a compounding emotional/guilt response. I simultaneously feel bad about messing up so badly, and kick myself for using Beeminder at all. But I stick with it because I know the rest of the time I enjoy it.
I don’t have a solution to this problem, but I wanted to discuss correlated derailments. Some questions:
- Do you experience correlated derailments?
- How do they make you feel?
- Are there strategies that you use to avoid correlated derailments or mitigate their sting?
- Is there something Beeminder could do to help with these (maybe a different UX when they occur)?
A question for @dreev: Do you have any insight to whether correlated derailments are common?