I mostly love this but I think I'd like the simpler version -- beemind
15 minutes of cleaning per day -- even better. In the akratic steady
state (always skating the edge) that also results in exactly 15
minutes each day. And it's a more meaningful graph -- you see total
minutes of cleaning, which might be useful to decide about
outsourcing. Or just be interesting.
(Pro-tip: Beemind hours of cleaning because you can still enter "0:15"
or "0:20" which gets translated as .25 or .3333. That makes it
compatible with the built-in timer in the Beeminder Android app as
well. Super-pro-tip: You can convert an existing goal from minutes to
hours by rescaling everything by 1/60 in Terrifyingly Advanced
Anyway, why I think the simple version is at least as good as your
1. You can retroratchet (or autoratchet if premium) to avoid rewarding
2. Reward for hitting a Totally Clean state: I'd say just dial down
the road if that can ever happen, since I anticipate diminishing
returns on cleaning effort anyway. But I'm a slob so don't listen to
me. You could also just have projects in reserve like finding things
to donate that could count towards the goal if the house is ever
already Totally Clean.
3. How could a "15 minutes/day" goal ever require more than 15 minutes
in a single day? I don't think that can happen!
4. Is it hard to remember to schedule a break for vacations? We want
that to be super easy, and we think it's good for the graph to reflect
reality in that way.
I hate to discourage creative beeminding though. I'm just hung up on
the Quantified Self aspect of it.
On Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 5:34 PM, Sean Fellows wrote:
My wife and I have had good results in the apartment cleaning department by
Beeminding what we call "15-minute cleans".
How the goal works:
* A 15-minute clean is exactly what it sounds like. You clean for 15 minutes
(with a timer) and then enter a "1" into Beeminder.
* You can only do one per day. You can't clean for 30 minutes and enter "2".
* If the apartment is completely clean at the end of the day, you get to
enter a "1" without doing anything.
Why we like it:
* We think it is easier to keep a clean apartment clean than to clean a
dirty one. (See Broken Windows Theory).
*** There is a built-in reward for getting the apartment all the way clean.
It's rare that it actually happens, but it is good motivation.
*** Binge-cleaning isn't rewarded by the goal. The optimal way to get points
is to do a 15-minute clean every day, and that prevents things from
spiraling out of control.
* Beeminding by "minutes of cleaning" sometimes presents you with gargantuan
amounts of cleaning to do in a single day, but the most you can ever need to
do for this goal is 15 minutes.
* You don't need to Take a Break for vacations if you get the apartment
completely cleaned up before you go. In a way, choosing not to Take a Break
is committing to cleaning up before you go. Then you get to come back to a
I'd be interested to hear if anybody does anything similar.
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