It is common knowledge among Beeminder aficionados that one should prefer to beemind inputs rather than outputs.
This seems logical. There’s no point in beeminding revenue since, in most case, it is either highly volatile or very stable.
(well, it does seem to work for @narthur, so take this with a grain of salt)
It’s better to beemind the amount of time worked instead of beeminding revenue
But what if I told you that there was a better solution to push oneself to work, other than beeminding work hours?
|beegig||work on my day-job at a bee-themed company||hours|
|work||all work hours according to Toggl||hours|
I wanted to work 4 hours /day overall, and 2 hours/day on beegig.
The issue is that I get paralyzed because 2 hours seems a lot to me.
I say to myself: “woah, 2 hours is huge! I’ll do it later. Let’s watch some anime or scroll on Reddit”.
It’s like Beeminder is throwing a brick at me, and I know that I’m too weak anyway. (but it’s only an illusion - I could work more!)
Then, I anxiously scroll on Instagram/Reddit/YouTube, saying to myself: “woah, this dog is cute, and I just received another Telegram message ”
It’s 2am, the Beeminder deadline is approaching and I feel terrible because of both beeminder, myself, and natural consequences of not working.
Also, working on beegig looks terribly boring right now because of the current theme of the work.
However, this is only an impression; once I get going, I actually have fun.
It’s like cleaning a house. It seems daunting at first, but once you’re in the flow, sometimes, it can be pleasant to move around and improve things.
And after, I’m relieved to have done it and can enjoy my day better.
Actually sitting down, picking a task and starting a timer. This is the hard moment.
If I don’t get menaced by beeminder, I don’t want to work.
If I get menaced with a 4 hours block of work, I’ll tell myself it’s over already.
So, here’s my solution: create a manual goal that tells me to sit down with the intent to work for 10 minutes.
|session_beegig||sit down and work at least 10 minutes on beegig||1/day|
|session_tagrecords||sit down and work at least 10 minutes on tagrecords||1/day|
What do you think?