I track my cleaning system in two goals, cleaning (for tasks that repeat on the scale of a week) and slow-cleaning (for tasks that repeat any slower). I track those tasks on a separate Trello board; cleaning is fractionally scored on the particular day’s list; slow-cleaning gets a +1 for each task completed and if I notice I’m not completing, e.g., my fortnightly tasks every fortnight, I ramp it up. My system is described in more detail in the first two posts of my calendial thread[forum] if that sounds useful!
You can only get a single +1 per task per time period. If you still find that you’re only completing the easiest tasks in a particular time period, then your rate needs to be higher! Eventually you’ll get it balanced out so that the only way to not derail is to do the hard tasks. Well, in theory, at least—I’m not quite there yet ^_^’
I am thinking of taking the crazy option and creating separate goals. If I do I am going to give every goal 30-40 days start buffer. Also plan on buying some NFC stickers and setting up automations in iOS to add data when scanned.
With that many goals, ease of data entry is essential, as is keeping on top of upcoming holidays (aka calendial) and a low pledge cap
One day there’s going to be a mass derailment because some life event is going to be more important to you than having a pristine ‘hive’. Plan for that in some way that doesn’t involve emailing support@ with a million non-legit claims.
That is fair I do not want to overload support and 32+ house cleaning goals could do that. Trying to come up with some kind of point system. Maybe break house into 5 sections or something. Could still use NFC tag stickers to add a comment on what was done along with point. Though due to having to pay $700 in car repairs probably gonna wait till next month to do the stickers even though they are cheap going save every extra penny I can to build back up emergency fund to prior value. Will think this month on how to make the system.
The reason I am going for shorter spans is to make the task easy and to prevent say the tub or shower from getting to a bad state. As if I do it every week it will always stay clean and will be like a 5 minute task. If I push it to a month then there might be some minor mold growth and might take 20 or so minutes and be a lot less pleasant if a task. Also I tend to do a task better if it is smaller as otherwise I will get overwhelmed and sometimes just not do it to try to negate my feeling of being overwhelmed. My anti anxiety medication has helped some with this but it is still a problem. Maybe I could do middle of the road and do two weeks.
I use a combination of several beeminder goals and Trello. I have some goals for general tidying and one for dishes, and I have a goal for cleaning the house, where the actual list of things needing cleaning and the frequency is stored on a Trello board. Most of the goals grew organically over time, then I added the “cleaning + Trello” for “deep cleaning”-type stuff.
I worked with GPT and here is the new system I am starting it is a in between goal for every task and one goal for whole house. I think it is a happy medium. I have below points amount and wanted frequency. I will probably adjust but it’s a start.
I have been using the Tody app (iOS, Android) for a while now. It does a really nice job of working with the elasticity there is for many household chores. The overview that the app gives helps prioritise when I have a bunch of overdue things. Being a week overdue with a weekly task means way more to me than being two weeks overdue with a quarterly task.
However, while I don’t mind having overdue tasks in there, I still currently end up with too many. I have been speculating about ways to beemind the overdue tasks in Tody, but haven’t come up with anything good yet.
I think that I would like to beemind something like the sum of “overdue-factors” of all tasks, but unfortunately the app is a little too simple to expose statistics like that.
One thing I forgot to mention is when it comes to cleaning stuff it doesn’t matter if I do it or my wife. Either way it counts. We have very different schedules so sometimes I will do something sometimes she does. She actually really likes the schedule/point system GPT came up with (she has ADHD so set schedules help her a lot and they also help me to though for me it’s GAD). Also she is totally on board with the NFC chips setup idea.
Update point system did not work well ended up canceling it. New system is a simple system. Mon-Fri I must do three tasks that make the house cleaner tasks that are already Beeminder goals do not count. Note this is a kind of goal with an Ice Cream truck sized loophole. But I feel that gives a lot of flexibility. Thank you everyone for the ideas as that is what helped lead me to this idea. I have the goal connected to Todoist.