Heya! This is my new Beeminder journal in the new Life section of the forum, patterned after the YNAB journals that originally inspired the section. I use my YNAB journal to talk about my financial goals, but I’ll use this journal to talk about the other goals that I’m Beeminding. The title comes from the fact that my wife and I are expecting our first child in August, and I know that nothing will ever be the same from that point forward. I’ve only got a few short months to turn into a proper adult and get my life in order. Eep!
An excerpt from the 2016 Resolution Thread:
I’ll be able to get groceries early in the day and maybe help do prep work like washing and chopping for dinner that day.
I want to start trying to commute to work (about 10 miles each way) on my bike instead of taking the train the first 8 miles and only biking the last 2 miles.
I want to do at least a little cleaning every day. This would be way easier if Beeminder supported Habitica Dailies (nudge-nudge), but my kinda hacked-together to-do list solution is working more or less okay for now.
Because I’m working so much less, we’re earning way less money, so I’ve got to work really hard on economizing. More frequent fridge cleanouts and produce inventory management to avoid wasting food is a big priority. Might have to make a Beeminder goal for this, but I’m not sure what to drop out if I do. Might delegate this to Habitica instead.
Well, so far I’ve been doing okay at these, but not perfect. I wound up getting a bit more work, which is good for money (I’m now at about two-thirds of my previous income rather than half, as I’d originally feared), but leaves me with a bit less spare time. After a balmy December, we wound up getting some pretty fierce cold and snow that’s so far prevented me from biking all the way down to work, but the past few days have been delightfully warm, so I’m gonna try to make that happen at some point. Unfortunately Runkeeper’s GPS feature seems to have stopped working on my phone, even after an uninstall/reinstall, so I might have to cancel my Beeminder mileage goal, dangit, and figure out some other way of tracking exercise.
I’ve discontinued my Cheaper Groceries goal, since I’ve actually gotten into a pretty good habit of getting food at cheaper grocery stores and avoiding the shiny expensive places. I replaced that goal with my two-year-old Practice Recorder goal, which I retired last summer after my recorder teacher died and I couldn’t find the motivation to practice on my own. I signed up for a 40-person recorder workshop in April, which I’m really excited about. The catch is that it requires participants to read music on both C and F recorders, and I’m only really comfortable with F. So I’m hoping to practice at least once a week from now until then on my shiny new tenor recorder, working on getting C fingerings into my brain.
Sleep is actually going way better than I’d ever dreamed. I’ve been making an 11:30 bedtime pretty much every weeknight. Habitica’s been enforcing this better than Beeminder, I have to admit, because if I don’t go to bed on time my party suffers damage, and I hate doing that to them. But the Beeminder goal’s good as backup, and for tabulating the total amount of sleep I get over time. My sleep schedule hasn’t been this healthy in… Probably more than ten years, if not longer. It feels amazing.
Chores are going fair-to-middling. I’ve been in the green on my Beeminder goal for ages (I’ve actually had nine greens going for weeks and weeks now, even after extensive graph steepening and autoratcheting, which feels amazing), but I haven’t quite been keeping up with my four-cleaning-chores-a-day goal, so eventually the chickens will come home to roost and I’ll find myself in the blue. Then I’ll have to step it up a bit. I’ve also found that the strict numerical counting of the chores means that I’ll sometimes be tempted to do easy/quick chores like wipe down the kitchen table rather than more tedious/gross chores like clean the bathroom floor. Not sure what to do about that one from a self-binding perspective.
Anyway, that’s probably enough from me for now. I’ll check back periodically to write down how it’s going. Public accountability is an extremely useful tool! Really glad there’s a space for it on the forums now.