I’m considering taking another shot at using Beeminder to directly track my work time. I work from home and have a lot of flexibility with my job, so it falls to me to make sure I put in the time.
In the past I created a goal that directly tracked hours / week, but this ended up being a super stressful goal which I ended up derailng on. I have a few theories as to why:
- I had other issues that were making it difficult for me to get in the hours that I wasn’t adequately addressing.
- My slope was initially too high.
- My stakes were too low.
I’m not 100% sure any of these are right.
Since then I’ve tried a goal based entirely on daily commitments, which you all helped me to develop here:
It’s been quite helpful, but it really only helps on the day-to-day basis. By design it doesn’t really care about the big picture, only that I stick to whatever I’ve committed to for that day.
I’m considering adding an additional goal(s?) to help keep me on track with the larger picture.
This weekend my wife and I moved to a new apartment where I now have my own office (yay!).
A few days before the move, I stumbled upon some advice in a Lifehacker article that it’s very important for remote workers to keep a schedule, even if their job doesn’t require it. Having a room of my own makes keeping a work schedule a lot more doable.
So I’m struggling to think through what goals I should be creating and how I should be structuring my remote work time. So far things I’ve thought of:
- Beemind clock-in
- Beemind clock-out
- Beemind time spent on lunch break
- Beemind hours directly
- Do some combination of the above
How should I be thinking about this? What have you guys found works for you?