I think @bizzle is right on the money, and I have some other ideas.
I do not think that it is weaseling to non-legit something you did, but forgot to enter data on. I do think that if I repeatedly forget to enter data on a goal that it’s a problem to fix, and I treat it like any other problem and think about it and ask other people and come up with a solution and try it out.
When I have had repeated non-legit derails due to forgetting data, and it started to feel uncomfortable, I have committed in support to improve it. I have said things like “If I don’t check on this flaky homebrew script that enters the data again, and it derails, it is going to be legit!”
There are a few tricks I’ve done to handle goals that feel like a slog, whether they’re daily or not.
The first is to think about why it feels like a slog. Do you actually want to achieve the goal, or did you just think of it and commit yourself and now you don’t really want to do it anymore? For instance, my watercolor goal felt like a huge slog for more than a year. I loved painting, and I loved having my paintings, but I didn’t love deciding to paint on a night at the expense of other things. Once I thought about why I made the goal, about how I loved actually painting and I loved having my cool paintings and I loved how I was getting better and faster, the slog went away almost instantly, even though I had felt frustrated about this goal for a year! On the other hand, I beeminded working through a particular large textbook. It was a slog and just uuuugh every single time I touched it, and after reflecting on it, I realized that I didn’t really want to do it and I never really did! I realized that what I really wanted was for me to have already worked through this textbook, and that having done it 15 years ago would have made a few years in my past a lot easier. However, even now, I don’t really think it’s worth my current time to do it, even to prepare Future Me. I didn’t think through this when creating the goal, but because I wasn’t really in alignment with it, I felt a huge amount of friction.
A second trick, much shorter, is that if you do not need to do this every single day, but instead “would really like” to do this every single day, is to try giving yourself a 1 week break on this goal, and try to keep that goal up! I have had some daily goals become easier just by taking them off the edge! Weird, huh? This doesn’t work with every daily goal, but it does for some.
A third idea is an even stronger version of bizzle’s #1. Would this daily goal be better suited somewhere else? I love my Beeminder goals and it’s a crucial part of many of my successes over the past 5+ years, but if I put everything I could into it, it would be so overwhelming it would lose all value to me.