fellow self-binders

Correction: this was the first message to akratics anonymous, before
it was a google group.

From: Daniel Reeves dreeves@beeminder.com
Date: Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 13:41
Subject: fellow self-binders

This list is just a handful of us for now who have made interesting
and/or high-stakes bets with each other on our Beeminder goals.

Let’s kick off the discussion, if you’re willing, with a goal that
you’re really glad to have committed to.

I’ll start:

I have $5k at risk on beeminder.com/d/push (among others) and it’s
wonderful. It’s classic akrasia: a few minutes a day for such a
noticeable fitness gain is a total no-brainer, but without the
commitment device I pretty much never do pushups because I never feel
like doing pushups at any given moment.


http://dreev.es – search://"Daniel Reeves"
http://beeminder.com – What are you beeminding?


http://dreev.es – search://"Daniel Reeves"
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – http://beeminder.com

From: Melanie Reeves Wicklow melzafish@gmail.com
Date: Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 02:32
Subject: Re: fellow self-binders

My weight loss goals with bets are a night and day difference from
those without. I flatline forever and/or go up a bit and wake up each
day thinking I’ll do it this time and I won’t need to start a bet.
Eventually, I start a bet and all is cured. Now I need to stop being
an akratic about starting a bet in the first place.

Melanie

On Thursday, December 2, 2010, Daniel Reeves dreeves@beeminder.com wrote:

This list is just a handful of us for now who have made interesting
and/or high-stakes bets with each other on our Beeminder goals.

Let’s kick off the discussion, if you’re willing, with a goal that
you’re really glad to have committed to.

I’ll start:

I have $5k at risk on beeminder.com/d/push (among others) and it’s
wonderful. It’s classic akrasia: a few minutes a day for such a
noticeable fitness gain is a total no-brainer, but without the
commitment device I pretty much never do pushups because I never feel
like doing pushups at any given moment.


http://dreev.es – search://“Daniel Reeves”
http://beeminder.com – What are you beeminding?


Melanie Reeves Wicklow


707-853-2831


http://dreev.es – search://“Daniel Reeves”
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – http://beeminder.com

From: Andreas Stuhlmüller ast@mit.edu
Date: Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 03:37
Subject: Re: fellow self-binders

In academia, there is sometimes pressure to favor the urgent over the
important. With deadlines ahead, it is easy not to reserve time to
study topics without immediate benefit, e.g. learning new math. A bet
to reserve some time each day for such topics helps me by making the
important urgent.

Andreas

On Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 3:32 AM, Melanie Reeves Wicklow
melzafish@gmail.com wrote:

My weight loss goals with bets are a night and day difference from
those without. I flatline forever and/or go up a bit and wake up each
day thinking I’ll do it this time and I won’t need to start a bet.
Eventually, I start a bet and all is cured. Now I need to stop being
an akratic about starting a bet in the first place.

Melanie

On Thursday, December 2, 2010, Daniel Reeves dreeves@beeminder.com wrote:

This list is just a handful of us for now who have made interesting
and/or high-stakes bets with each other on our Beeminder goals.

Let’s kick off the discussion, if you’re willing, with a goal that
you’re really glad to have committed to.

I’ll start:

I have $5k at risk on beeminder.com/d/push (among others) and it’s
wonderful. It’s classic akrasia: a few minutes a day for such a
noticeable fitness gain is a total no-brainer, but without the
commitment device I pretty much never do pushups because I never feel
like doing pushups at any given moment.


http://dreev.es – search://"Daniel Reeves"
http://beeminder.com – What are you beeminding?


Melanie Reeves Wicklow
http://MelzaFit.com
707-853-2831


http://dreev.es – search://"Daniel Reeves"
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – http://beeminder.com

[Cutting the rest of this thread short.]

From: Daniel Reeves dreeves@beeminder.com
Date: Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 07:29
Subject: Re: fellow self-binders

wow, “make the important urgent” could be a great tagline. mind if we
steal it and add it to padm.us/beeminder-taglines ?

On Dec 3, 2010 3:37 AM, “Andreas Stuhlmüller” ast@mit.edu wrote:

In academia, there is sometimes pressure to favor the urgent over the
important. With deadlines ahead, it is easy not to reserve time to
study topics without immediate benefit, e.g. learning new math. A bet
to reserve some time each day for such topics helps me by making the
important urgent.

Andreas

On Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 3:32 AM, Melanie Reeves Wicklow
melzafish@gmail.com wrote: > My weight l…


http://dreev.es – search://"Daniel Reeves"
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