I’d heard about the site for a while but finally gave it a try a little over a week ago. I was impressed when I read how it actually works; it seems pretty well thought out.
I have an organizational scheme for myself which kind of works, but it has two failure modes. One is that when I set goals for myself I tend to concentrate on the goals and not do other things that aren’t being measured. So I see that and add more things to the goals to account for that. Then I get overwhelmed and take a day off, then that repeats and taking one day off turns to taking a few days off turns to disengaging completely. Or something comes up like a bad on-call week and I intentionally give myself the week off, but wind up taking a month to get back into the rhythm.
Beeminder seems like a great system for encouraging me to keep with it via the psychological pushes and the ability to stay on track by dialing down the goals and scheduling breaks.
I tried setting up two goals, one to move a number of trello tasks to done each day, and one to floss, to test out a manual and an automatic goal. I plan to keep things such that there is always between one and two weeks of buffer time before derailing.
My first impression is that by default Beeminder sends a lot of mail. Even two mails a day is a lot and if I scaled it up to track 3-5 things it would be way too much. I think I’d like a single summary mail that listed all the goals and how much time was left. I want to be nudged every day, but even two daily mails felt like spam. When I go to the website and see the goal overview there is exactly the summary I want. So I’ve set just the goal I care about most to send daily email and plan to just go to the site since I have to each day anyway to enter data.
There are some acronyms that you run into before you see the explanation, like eep, ifttt. You can find out, but it takes some web searching to find blog posts.
One thing I am considering tracking eventually is not having any trello cards on a list that are past due. I’m thinking I could use Zapier and have something that fires once a day and gives me a point if there aren’t any past due cards and connecting it to a do more goal with a rate of 7 a week. Could that work? Is there a better way to do that kind of thing?