Metric 1: Distracting App
2 or less: 25
7 or more: 0
Metric 2: Daily’s completed
75% or more: 25
50% : 13
Less than 50%: 0
Metric 3: To Dos marked daily
Less than 50% or no task made: 0
Metric 4: stayed on task
70% of the time or more: 2
Workphonedistract goal.I have a shortcut set to add data points when I open distracting apps while work focus is enabled. It also locks the screen and has a custom notification pop up as a reminder.
This worked great today! Helped force me to be organized which I have problems with. As I would not say I have been a bad worker just an easily distracted one. Will probably adjust some but worked good for today will continue to test.
In my system I’m only judging myself on whether I tried my best to get stuff done, whether I concentrated on what I wanted to, and not on whether those efforts were actually productive because that can go both ways. Sometimes I’m super distracted but things happen to work out, other times I concentrate well and the work just doesn’t work.
In the long run concentrating is definitely a better idea though.
(Though I’d add the proviso that my brain needs to get adequate downtime to process stuff in the background, which is why I like beeminding fun things as well as work things.)
Judging the inputs and not the outputs is, in my opinion, generally sound Beeminder advice.
I think the reason my goals are more output based is I am trying to do more objective than subjective goals. As I feel if I just do subjective I am going to give myself too much leeway (I can be a weasel on self assessment). I cant really think of any objective quantifiable inputs making it hard to make a inputs goal. Do you have any ideas of quantifiable inputs I could use?
Just chiming to say that I heavily endorse beeminding fun! There’s two distinct concrete benefits, in my mind.
First, it helps get over the “activation energy” for some fun tasks. For example, practicing piano—I love playing, but don’t love warming up with scales, but do love the effect of being warmed up after scales. When beeminder wants, say, six minutes of piano, it’s enough of a push to go knock out the warmup, and by then I’m in a good mood about it and have a nice practice session! The other aspect
Second, it represents that past-me has given current-me permission to do the fun things. It’s easy (especially with excessive beeminding!) to get in a mindset of every spare moment should be spent on productive things, pushing safety buffers, knocking out someday-tasks and clearing to-do lists… but I don’t have to waste any energy convincing myself that’s an unhealthy mindset, because I’ve already precommitted to having a nice time today!
Tested for two days now has worked good has helped me to stay more focused. Sometimes I would make list of todos and not get any done because I would get distracted with other tasks that weren’t as important.
As an update I am going to be using Beeminder to help track more work related things like work goals and such. Though since they are for work they are going to be fairly non descript (keeping them public so I can easily share my progress with my boss). I am excited to see how it goes.