Implementation Intentions and Beeminder


#1

Is anyone using implementation intentions with Beeminder and if so, how? Also, what Beeminder goals do you think would work well when combining implementation intentions with Beeminder?

I just want to find out how other Beeminder users are using implementation intentions with Beeminder so that I may get a better idea about creating Beeminder goals with implementation intentions. I already have one such goal, No Snooze.

My goal statement is this: IF my alarm goes off in the morning, THEN I will
get out of bed without hitting the snooze button and make my bed, and then
do some pushups.

–David


#2

Whoa! I was unfamiliar with the term of art until your wikipedia link, but
I have played around with the concept in a funny, narrow way, by testing
whether sleep can work as a reward for behavior modification (IF I
accomplish X, THEN I can sleep).

Would it make sense to link IFs and THENs programmatically, using, say, the
Beeminder API plus https://ifttt.com, or is the spirit of the thing more in
the mental connection and rule-enforcement, as in your example?


#3

The spirit of the thing is more in the mental connection and rule
enforcement. It also has a lot to do with remembering cues for when you
should do something e.g. IF I feel like a snack, THEN I will eat some
fruit. Or IF I find myself staring into the fridge, THEN I will shut the
fridge door.

I was thinking that it may be useful to use them in a programable-self way
with Beeminder.

Some more links on this subject you may like:

–David


#4

The original scientific paper on Implementation Intentions from 1999 is surprisingly readable: