I currently use Toggl to track how I spend every minute of my day for different things like “studying”, “eating”, etc. Every Sunday, I manually compare the hour totals of certain priority categories to my target level of hours for that category. For instance, one of my goals is to have less than 25 “fluff” hours (which is a bucket category for time wasters like browsing Reddit) for the week, while another is to have at least 7 hours of “job search”. In order to better keep myself accountable to these goals, I would ideally have everything automated so that I wouldn’t have to manually enter in data every day.
I’m no expert on things like Zapier and IFTTT, but would greatly appreciate the help on how to use them and other tools! Right now, I’m specifically looking for how to:
- Set up automated Beeminder goals for “Do more” and “Do less” in addition to averages. Right now, it seems like Beeminder only uses averages for hour goals, which would only work for a category like “Sleep” where the hour count can stay relatively flat. For my “job search” hours goal it would definitely not be a problem if I surpassed my intended , while for “fluff” hours I also wouldn’t see it as a failure if I had 0 hours in that category for a week.
- Align my Beeminder goals to my weekly schedule. I set my target hours week by week for Monday to Sunday. Daily habit categories are fine to be measured consistently, but prefer to hit my hour quotas in bulk on specific days for things like “Classwork”, and wouldn’t want Beeminder to derail me for getting 0 hours for a couple days in a row on those.
- If there’s no way to do this that’s totally fine, but I have a bad habit of pushing off some of my daily routines to later in the day. This will will usually just make me both less willing to do them later, and more stressed about the routine for all the time I’ve been pushing it off for. With my “Exercise” category, I know that if I do it at 11 AM I’ll feel better/less guilty, but I still push it off! It may be a little too complex, but I would love it if there was a way for me to make it so that daily habits like these would only count if I did them at a specific time of day.