Calendial’s a day late this week! I spent the weekend at the ACL music festival here in Austin. It was great fun, but while I was broadly able to keep up with my goals, calendialling fell through. No stress, though: that’s why orange is the new red!
Lichess puzzles are tracking very easily! I’ll make a new thread[forum] to dump my bash-blob in if anyone wants it. Potential for a new integration, maybe?
I’ve got my mentioned break coming up later this week. It’ll be nice!
I found that I was making up tasks to do during focusmates, rather than using focusmate as a tool for tasks I had to do anyways, which isn’t how I want to approach it. So I’ve just let focusmate derail and also scheduled it for an archive.
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I got covid at ACL! It was a moderate case at worst but I still ended up emailing support to extend my break, which is why I didn’t post anything last Sunday—I was rather busy being sick. I’m good now though!
Customary ratchets on brushdark and brushday.
I did a ton of knitting today and don’t quite want all the break it would give me, so I’m ratcheting that from 9 days down to 5.
Increased slope and ratcheted gtd.
Increased autodialMin for journal to 4/week—my 30d average is at 3/week right now and it feels a bit low.
It seems like my lichess-puzzles script is behaving well, so I’ve turned it from a flat-forever goal into a very achievable 1/day, and used graph.beeminder.com to make it as if there had always been a nice red line relative to where the data points are. If I end up having to ratchet this one frequently, I’ll probably turn on autodialling.
Tidied up my graph on inbox-zero, tightening some breaks (which, for a whittle-down, means “periods with a higher goal than normal”) down closer to the actual data so the graph looks nicer.
That’s why I’ve got a subscription-level slope set on my focusmate, i.e. 3/week, just to keep me from forgetting it exists as a tool altogether.
At least that’s how it started. In practice I’m using the Autodialer to commit to between 0.6 and 2 sessions per day, with weekends off and a 7-day autoratchet. Any more than 2 and it’d get swamped by a busy week and, like you, I’d find myself just clocking sessions to satisfy the goal.
Their monthly emailed receipts might also help with the forgetting, or maybe you don’t suffer from that particular challenge. There are loads of tools that I often don’t think to use, but always find helpful when I do. Focusmate is one of them.
…slow-cleaning: I procrastinated making my halloween costume (my wife and I are the Mouse and the Cookie from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie) and then had to spend six hours yesterday sewing. So I didn’t have time to do, uh, anything else.
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I’ve combined knitting and sewing into one fiber-arts goal, since they compete for time and also for hand health.
Ratcheted cleaning and slow-cleaning to 2 days—the full seven, this time, felt a bit much.
Scheduled books to archive: I’ve been relying on pages, which is autodata from The Storygraph, more.
I had support put a break on gym—my wife got sick and I felt it would be irresponsible to go to the gym when I was exposed to something fluish. I haven’t gotten sick yet, luckily, but I still think it was a good choice!
I wrote a userscript to cutely display beenary goals. It also replicates the “collapse” feature of @zzq 's extension, since my primary browser (qutebrowser[github]) can’t run firefox/chrome extensions, but does support (a subset of the features of) greasemonkey userscripts. I’m still testing it out and tweaking it, and I want to see if I can get it to work with zzq’s extension instead of just duplicate it, but… keep an eye on this space for more info!
I gave myself a bit of tennis elbow from too much typing with bad posture and then too much piano practice, so I have a break scheduled that starts on Thursday. One of my closest online friends is a PT so she recommended me some stretches and exercises and it’s doing fine enough to edge-skate the goal until then, so I probably won’t bother having support help. Besides, there’s plenty of right-hand work, sorting out fingering, and listening to recordings of the songs I’m working on that would count as “practice” and not aggravate my elbow at all.
Customary ratchets on cleanspresso, brushdark, and lichess-puzzles. brushday, somewhat embarassingly, doesn’t need a ratchet: since my wife was sick, I was sleeping in the office, but my toothbrush was still in the master bath, so my morning routine was all out of whack. This has been resolved!
I’ve been considering a beenary goal for anki-zero. Now that I’m in “maintenance mode” on my decks, I don’t have as much intrinsic “learning is fun!” motivation to keep up with it every day. As usual, unless I explicitly decide against it, the “not making a decision” decision will be to make the goal at my next calendial.
dont-starve, for tracking how many meals I eat. What counts as a meal is purposefully ill-defined but is somewhere around the “nutritiousish and I don’t feel hungry still after eating” line. I actually gained a couple pounds on my honeymoon, which was rather exciting, since I struggle greatly with gaining weight. One of the only meaningful differences I’ve been able to identify is that I actually had three full meals a day easily, since our hotel had a buffet. I didn’t think I was that bad about missing meals or having not-actually-enough-to-count meals, but maybe I am! We’ll see how the goal does.
I’ve been thinking about a way to track bedtime for a while, and my current attempt is sleepyhead: +1 if I’m pretty sure I went to sleep on time. If I’m up late (“phone in bed” counts as “up late”!) and look at a clock and notice it’s past bedtime, I explicitly go insert a 0. If I’m unsure, fall back to whenever Sleep As Android thinks I fell asleep. Like brushdark, the due date is noon the following day to give me ample time for data entry even if I allow the goal to go to True Red. Even so, I’m not entirely confident that I’ll be able to track this consistently, so while I trial it out it’s on a giant flat spot. Next calendial I’ll give it a slope and retroratchet it down if it’s still been working out!
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Userscript still pending, but I’m going to keep saying that here as a soft nudge to myself to not forget to go work on it. Worst case, it’ll stale until my coding goal finally gets back to orange, which is currently… 16 days away. If I haven’t gotten to it by the post-thanksgiving calendial, I’ll probably ratchet that down a little.
Related: I’m not ratcheting anything this week, because I don’t want to get confused with regards to my upcoming holiday break. I’ll deal with that next week, and enjoy my buffer for now!
That’s easy—Lichess is free and open-source, doesn’t serve ads or sell user data, and is a nonprofit! They have an excellent open API and are built to be readily hackable and extensible. So from a business morals standpoint, I strongly prefer to support Lichess chess.com (which stands in stark contrast to almost all of the things I mentioned about Lichess: it’s closed-source, requires a subscription, collects usage and personal data to serve you advertisements, and is a for-profit company. They do have an API, though I haven’t used it to see if it’s actually any good).
Retroedited the bright red line for anki-zero and sleepyhead to better reflect a realistic rate—I started both at “hilariously low” to make sure the goals would work for me before committing. anki-zero is at 0.8/day now, and sleepyhead is at 0.35/day (which is still a little low, but it also is set up to autodial—I just wanted to skip it ahead!). Thanks, graph.beeminder.com!
Cleaned some unnecessary breaks up out of pages and gave it a big ratchet, from 118 days of safety down to 7. I’m not sure I want to make the rate (currently, 15/day) more aggressive, but I’m definitely considering it.
I had a little trip this weekend I never put a break in for, so my goals were a bit tight and I had a fair handful dip into the red, but I avoided any derailments!
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Customary ratchets on sleepyhead, flossing, dont-starve, cleanspresso, and cleandish.
I’ve got a few new-goal ideas but I’m punting on making any big changes until after the holidays.
Had a lovely holiday break! We leave for a skip trip on Thursday, which leads me into a new section:
I didn’t get breaks set in time for my mid-December trip, my Christmas trip, or my upcoming ski trip (to Steamboat Springs, in Colorado), so I’ve been scrambling before each trip to get my goals all in order. So, new calendial section! Each calendial, I’ll check the next three weeks (two is all that’s necessary if I never miss a calendial, but +1 for another layer of backup), note those ranges here, and set goal-breaks accordingly.
2023W1: Break starting on the 6th…
2023W2: …and ending on the 15th.
2023W3: No breaks.
I’ll play around with this format, probably.
Changes and notes
My wrists have been bugging me a little when practicing piano, so the break for piano that starts on the 6th will continue through the end of February to give me a nice rest.
I’m gearing up to post in @poisson’s resolution thread[forum] and expect a handful of goal changes to come out of that, but nothing just yet: I’m pretty stable, but I think I’ll want to that to change. Details to come in the next calendialling post, which won’t be next week (since I’ll be skiing) but the one after.
Had a lovely ski trip! We leave for another in early February :3
2023W03–2023W04: No breaks.
2023W05: Break starting on the 3rd and ending on the 11th.
Changes and notes
My break that just ended today started a little late (as I mentioned last post) so I extended it a few extra days to help make up for it. I used that as an opportunity to start pushing my urgency load down: I’m now operating on “<4d is the new Red”. I would just say “3d” but:
I made a new gratitude goal as a result of chatting with @poisson yesterdya to track me posting on the Gratitude Journalling Together forum thread. I like that better than gratitude journalling in my own actual journal, but if there’s ever a day that for whatever reason I’d rather write privately than publicly, that’s OK too and still worth a +1.
As promised last post, I posted in the Resolution Thread, and while I’m not doing New Year’s resolutions this year, I am doing seasonal resolutions, and have a few new goals to track some of those seasonal resolutions!
cleandesk (link) is to get me to keep my desk more clean than the once-a-week it’s due for cleaning anyways. Beenary, +1 for “cleaned desk all the way”.
weekly-review (link) is to get me to process my GTD inbox more often, clear out stale tasks, make sure I have actions for all my projects, etc. I had a process set up for this and was ignoring it: a prototypical beeminderable task! Beenary, +1 for “checked off everything on my weekly review checklist” (which, for the interested, is in the below collapse).
Gather inputs from journal & notebook
Check on any waiting-fors
Consider every someday/maybe and discard stales or promote to active projects
Process inputs to actions/projects/do-immediately
Empty “Project without actions”
Scan actions for stales & completes
My source of truth is in Obsidian; “Projects without actions” is a chunk of dataview I have that makes sure (1) every entry in my projects list has an associated tag, and (2) every projects tag has at least one associated action.
No differences from last time, but I have some new goals that needed their breaks touched up.
2023W04: No breaks.
2023W05: Break starting on the 3rd…
2023W06: …and ending on the 11th.
I forgot to mention last time, but I made a goal called seasonal-goals that enforces that I create new seasonal goals later in the year. This might live better as just a calendar reminder or a scheduled TaskRatchet or something, I’m not sure. It works for now, at least.
sciaglide tracks sessions of sciatic nerve glides. My hamstrings are super tight and I have hamstrings to enforce stretch time as well, but I discovered that nerve glides on the sciatic nerve (which passes from the lower back through the hamstring and calf down into the foot) help improve mobility as well and make that hamstring stretching more effective.
Changes and notes
Time for a big ensteepening! Many of my beenary goals have weeks or even months of buffer at this point: clearly I can be a little more aggressive with them.
Super busy week for me—we’re working on buying a house! I’ve been holding my goals together, but only just, which means I haven’t built up a notable amount of buffer on anything or made any new goals or suchlike, and also that my urgency load is higher.
No calendial next week while I’m on a ski trip! Related, I have some customary ratchets I would normally be doing here (e.g. for brushday and brushdark), but the break for that trip is too close so they’re not really ratchetable at the moment. So… more of that, next-calendial-I-do!
Eek, my urgency load! My 3-days-is-the-new-red has fallen back down to Orange Is The New Red: I didn’t make my vacation break quite long enough. Or, alternatively, I did, but got confused before the vacation and stopped doing stuff too early. Not a big deal, I’ll pull it back up! This sort of thing is what safety buffer is for.
I had slow-cleaning at 5.6 cleaning tasks per week for a good while, since I’d calculated that anything above that would make so that, eventually, I run out of tasks to do. But that doesn’t take into account breaks or derails, and I’m not really sure how it handles missed tasks. But, certainly, there’s a lot of slow-cleaning tasks I haven’t finished, so I’m cranking it up to 6/wk for now and just keeping an eye on available task depth, ramping down if I ever need to.
2023W10: …the 8th, helping recover my urgency load.
2023W11: No breaks.
I derailed on gym yesterday; I was sick last week and am still recovering. I’m definitely healthy enough to have done at least a home workout, but I really didn’t feel like it, so… I didn’t. It was at $0, though, so the consequences are mostly “I got a break”.
Changes and notes
I was doing a good job pulling my urgency load back down before I got sick, and now I’m back in shambles. Alas! I set a break to help me recover and just have to stumble along at OitNR for the next week.