This may sound a bit crazy but… I sometimes have a ridiculously hard time making myself leave the office, and I think I want to try beeminding leaving on time. I’m just trying to figure out how to set it up in beeminder.
I know I want this to be automatically managed using the location of my phone, and I know how to pull that with IFTTT’s iOS location channel (it allows me to trigger when exiting or entering an area, or both). I know this needs to be automatically tracked if possible, because this is the kind of thing I’d be tempted to cheat on.
My actual goal is to not stay more than an hour after my last session ends (I’m a tutor). I have both administrative tasks and clients to see on any given day, but on weekdays I do the bulk of my administrative work in the mornings (before my clients are out of school), and since weekends are busy I try to minimize administrative work on weekends.
The main reason I’m tempted to stay later is that there is ALWAYS more work that needs doing, and I have a difficult time deciding I’m done for the night given that. Additionally though, I also often hop on facebook or fuss with beeminder goals or do other such nonsense for a bit after I stop doing actual work.
[Side note: I don’t currently bring my laptop home from work, as I’m trying to minimize the weight I carry daily due to a neck/shoulder injury, so work is the only place where I have a full computer setup at the moment. I do, however, have an iPad, phone, and access to my partner’s laptop at home, so there is really very little I can’t do at home if I need to, and I’m not incapable of bringing my laptop home on the occasions where that is true.]
My intention when I wrap up with clients for the evening is usually to do whatever computering I have to do (work related or not) within a half hour. But the busier and more exhausted I am, the more I find that if I sit down at my computer at all, I tend to lose time–especially if I don’t have plans after work.
I’ve tried managing this other ways, including making plans with others after work and trying to develop an “end of the workday” routine to make me feel “done”, but I can’t make plans every single night, and I’m still trying to come up with a routine that sufficiently accounts for the chaos of my job responsibilities (we’re a young company that has grown a lot in the last year, and those are always changing). In the meantime, I think I need this goal.
So my question is, what’s the best way to set up the goal? I feel like the ideal system would be to take the time my last appointment ends and subtract it from the time I leave the office (via IFTTT and ios location and the ical feed from my work calendar and google sheets, somehow? maybe?) and send that number to beeminder as an hours-stayed-after-work number. Then I could set a do-less goal to minimize that number. But that sounds rather complicated and like it would have a lot of potential fail points.