Let’s say that we had a 7-day initial buffer to add progress in Beeminder. My own tendency is to only take actual action when emergency day is close. When this happens in a consistent basis (when every single day is emergency day) I tend to get really demotivated with the goal itself as well as it an anxious feeling on not doing progress but just-trying-not-to-derail.
Instead, what I could do, is to try to maintain always a 7-day buffer emergency fund on my goal. To whatever number of days I do have, I could mentally be like X-7 days. This could work, for example, with a reading goal, because I could read more for a few days and “accumulate” a Buffer.
Benefits: no anxiety on derailing and paying + actually taking action even though having a great buffer.
I only find a problem with things that can only happen once a day, for example, as a morning routine. This can only do +1 a day, therefore I cannot add more than once a day and if I have an emergency day on this one, I cannot add any buffer.
- If I keep track for 7 consecutive days, add +1 extra.
- Do the routine two times a day, do it and repeat. It doesn’t make any sense, but it would be a reminder to myself like “you have to do it”.