Just wanted to copy a recent conversation with the awesome Chelsea, in case someone here had any ideas. The new search criteria for gmail goals is really cool, but it looks like there still isn’t an easy way to automate what I’ve been doing manually with my current Reply Zero Once A Week goal.
Hi! I’m not sure if this is possible, but I thought I’d check just to
see. Thanks to Beeminder, I’ve been achieving Inbox Zero pretty much
every day (often multiple times a day) for the last several years.
I’ve also been using a manual Do More goal to give myself a point
every time I get my emails labeled @reply down to zero, with an
expectation of achieving that at least once a week. It’s actually been
more like three days out of the week, which I think is pretty
sustainable. I was trying to fiddle with a new gmail goal to make
this happen automatically, but I’m not sure it’s possible. For
instance, right now my @reply label is at zero. But if I get 10 new
messages to reply to tomorrow and I don’t decide to answer them all
until Friday, I’ll derail, right? Is there any way to make a custom
goal so my “get @reply to zero” rule is every few days rather than
every day? If not, no problem. Just thought I’d ask!
I don’t think there’s an easy way. You could do a lot of crazy step scheduling in your graph (like people who schedule all their weekends off, you’d schedule every 3rd day to drop to 0 - sorta like my abandoned-for-now goal here). But that’s lots of work right now!
Maybe the gmail api that we’re using could be used to build a script that’d send a datapoint to your current goal every time @reply is 0, then set the rate to ~2/week? Not that I know how to do that, but maybe you do…
Oh! Or! Maybe you just create a gmailzero goal that you’re not really beeminding, but then you use IFTTT to say “if the gmailzero datapoint = 0, then update my reply-zero goal.” Although I see there’s no conditioning on the IFTTT trigger, so it’ll add a point anytime, not just if that point is 0.
So this long email is kind of completely unhelpful, but might be inspiring? (I wonder if it’s easy to add that conditioning on our triggers? You can use filters with some Zapier app triggers…)