I keep promising I’ll write a bit about the fact that I beemind my beemergencies and what that does to my beeminding. So here is the start of a thread to chat about that!
So first, the why, what and how:
Why: because @adamwolf mentioned doing it and it sounded interesting
What: the total number of beemergencies I have per day is recorded in a do-less goal with an aggday of “max” (so the number that counts is the highest number in the day, even if I get the number down through the day).
How: a script created by Adam and tweaked for me; I suspect a similar thing can be done just by using the IFTTT trigger for beemergencies, though!
The effects: I’ve switched from a “keep bailing out the red goals” attitude to an attitude that wants to prevent red goals altogether. That means that I still have that bright line of a derailment, but since I’m aiming for goals to be yellow “at worst”, I always have one extra day before the derailment. It takes the pressure off, because even when I’m struggling to manage my beemergencies goal, there’s still that extra leeway before I actually get charged.
Does that help? For me, yes. It flipped my mindset into one much more of making and maintaining a buffer, and working ahead to give myself breathing space. Technically, once the buffer is created, maintaining it is no different from just keeping your goals from derailing – but without that red goal (and knowing there’s an extra day if absolutely needed) then it feels much better!
A side effect is that I can look at my beemergencies goal and see how well I’m handling life. If it’s on track with plenty of buffer, then I’m doing okay. If I’m falling behind and starting to get into blue, yellow or (god forbid) red, then I know I’m a bit overwhelmed and taking on more stuff is probably a bad idea.
(I’ve been losing buffer steadily on my beemergencies goal for a while now… argh. Something’s gonna give.)