I asked the following in a beemail and got some great responses so I figured I’d collect them here…
Thanks to @rperce in the community Discord for the reminder that beeminding fun things feels pretty great. It’s like being granted permission by your wise past-self to indulge in something (woodworking in @rperce’s case). Personally I beemind reading fiction and I think I could stand to add more things.
STRAW POLL: What fun things do you beemind?
Responses so far:
- reading fiction / listening to audiobooks
- solving competitive programming problems
- art practice
- making a family book
- playing music
- playing video games
- reading webcomics
- unmentionable (but wholly benign, I promise) things
- knitting / crafting
- picking fun things for one’s mustdo
And here’s me debating this with resident curmudgeon, @lanthala, who thinks beeminding fun is as bad an idea as trying to monetize one’s hobbies:
It may not be worth it to monetize a hobby (I suspect it rarely is) but it makes no sense to have disutility for the actual getting of money. Similarly, it makes no sense to me to have any aversion to Beeminder saying you have to do something that you want to do anyway. Are you susceptible to reverse psychology? Someone else wanting you to do something makes you not want to?
But if it just doesn’t work for you emotionally, to turn having fun into an obligation, that I can’t argue with! I recommend trying it at least though.
@lanthala also points out, correctly, that you may not want to commit to Currently Fun Thing because what if it doesn’t stay fun? But it’s always at most a week from changing your mind to being off the hook so if it’s otherwise valuable (as it sounds like in @lanthala’s case it isn’t, which is fine) then that may be a fine and fair price to pay. Or of course pay the literal price, which also might be a fine and fair price to pay to change your mind about a previously valuable commitment.
For further debate on that last point, see the excellent forum thread that @shanaqui started about what to do when a book you’re beeminding your way through turns out to suck: Reading goal dilemma - #13 by dreev
But mostly for this thread, let’s collect more examples of beeminding hobbies and recreation and other fun things!