Continuing the discussion from Remove Archive/Quit goal akrasia limit:
Based on an email to @giles & @dreev:
A red graph is in-your-face and demands to be resolved, cognitively speaking. The ideal way of resolving it is to do the committed-to thing. The worst way (for all concerned) is to lie to the graph.
My preference is to have an Uncle! button, behind which are several options.
derail me now. It’s an emergency day, I’m not going to do the thing, so take my pledge and get the graph out of my face, please.
I give up. This goal isn’t a good fit for me right now, so please derail and archive it. (With maybe some helpful suggestions on setting a more sustainable road slope.)
I need another day. Today was hellish, tomorrow will be better, let me pay you a nominal fee to get a day’s respite.
Hurrah! I’ve succeeded in reaching my goal, let’s party! [NEW]
The first is the default case, but doesn’t kick in until the deadline, leaving hours of discomfort. Give me a way of circumventing my near-future self. (Which is why the akrasia horizon exists, natch, but it works both ways.)
The second is currently available functionality, labeled as ‘Archive’ on most goals. Currently, your goal settings might get in the way (e.g. auto-wuss, no-mercy recommits, auto-ratchet) of this smoothly taking place, but it would in the default case. Though as @drmaciver says, it sucks to wait 7 days for something that you’re consciously done with, so truncating or disregarding the akrasia horizon for completed/derailed goals makes sense to me.
The third is new, but would introduce an rational economic choice. Which we’ve argued is part of the point of beeminding your goals; we make choosing to skip the gym a trade-off with an economic price for guilt-free couch-potatoing. The pledge at risk is the price of a week’s respite, so there is also a sensible price for a day’s deferral.
The fourth is based on @rebeccayoung’s conundrum; I’ve succeeded, now what?
I welcome your thoughts…
Cultural reference explication. In North America, “Uncle!” is a traditional cry meaning “I yield!”. Think of schoolboys twisting one another’s arms (or some other physical bullying) until one gives up the struggle and “taps out”.