So as I was looking over my list of goals today, I thought it might be quite nice to talk about what I beemind and how (and maybe sometimes why) at the moment. I know on Habitica people often ask about what tasks other people set up, and sometimes it’s a great way to go “oh! right! I could track that and it would be helpful!” So here goes, in order of what I need to add data to soonest…
- dishes: Me and my wife have started trying to wash dishes as soon as we generate them, so this might need some tweaking now, but it’s an obvious thing to Beemind. I’m not sure anyone enjoys washing dishes – we certainly don’t anyway – so this goal reminds me to pull my weight around the house and commit to doing dishes at least once per day, five days a week. (I do it more than my wife as I work from home and have a smaller income, so it balances.)
- reviewbacklog: Once upon a time, I was always on top of my reviewing schedule. Then I got behind, and I stayed behind. This is designed to catch me up, and then to stay on top of it.
- crafting: I wasn’t making time for crocheting, and now I am, even if it’s just half an hour a day (and it usually turns out to be more). The problem is that I’m not actually working on the projects I should be working on (blankets) and am instead doing little amigurumi. Cute, but not the point of the goal. Might have to specify this one a bit more!
- dissertation: The first time I wrote a dissertation (English Lit MA) I was really disorganised and overwhelmed. This time (Biology BSc) I am being much more organised – this goal reminds me to stay current with the literature and keep looking for more things to include.
- backlogbooks: I have somewhere in the region of 1,200 books I own that I haven’t read. This is a reminder to get reading them, but per this thread I decided I wouldn’t work on reducing that number – I’d just work on making sure that I actually read from that pile, and not just the new shinies. It’s working better so far. These books have to be on a specific list I’ve compiled of all the books that qualify. Not on the list? It doesn’t count.
- dailytodos: A longstanding habit of mine is to write down ten to-dos at the start of the day to be completed within that day. This goal tracks those via Todoist/IFTTT, and gives me a little margin for error by being set to only require 8/day. I’m getting some buffer on this one lately and I still find that motivating, because then it’s almost a game: can I build up a whole day’s buffer?!
- netgalleybacklog: I receive a lot of ARCs. I am woeful at keeping up with them. I was Beeminding the absolute number of ARCs I had unreviewed, but that wasn’t working because suddenly I’d get a whole burst of new ones that would derail me instantly, even if I was on track. Not motivating. So now I just get to add a point when I finish an ARC. I’m pondering making it a points system (like another goal I’ll discuss later) where I get additional points if I review the book on time.
- bibliophibian: I have a book blog (here, and every Monday I’m trying to post a discussion post. (This week’s was actually prompted by a chat with @adamwolf about the existence of a Hugo for Best Series!)
- neatscience: I also have a pop-science blog here, which I neglected a bit while I was doing a full credit load for my degree. Now I’m trying to make sure I post once a week!
- sleepingin: Set up with Twitter and IFTTT, per this post at College Info Geek.
- bsupport: My meta graph for Beeminder. Currently tracked non-automatically via me entering stuff from Toggl, but I think I’m switching to Tagtime if my Excellent Wifecreature can help me get it set up.
- inboxzeroes: Again, not automatically entered because I didn’t like the way that worked, but each day I zero my inbox I get to enter a 1. I don’t get multiples if I zero my inbox multiple times in one day, though.
- morejoy: Another goal that came out of trying to Beemind my reading. This one is almost the same as the backlog one, admittedly, but it also lets me get a boost from reading anything – library books, ARCs, rereads, etc. I doubt I will ever derail on this, at the rate I read.
- gameofbooks: I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I have a “game” set up whereby I get points for various things like how long it took me to read a book, how long it’s been on my TBR, etc. The rules are here, and my Beeminder graph is simple: I just add the number of points I get per book (or sometimes per day, if I finish multiple books on the same day).
- test-tagtime: Here I’m just training myself to understand/appreciate Tagtime and how it works before I commit to entering the data for my support goal (and probably tracking my time on other sites too).
So there you go: anatomy of a workerbee.