hi! Sometimes (like today, when i’m sicker than i have been in years) when something goes wrong i know i’m going to derail ahead of time. this could even be things that are really totally out of my control, like my auto-data collection getting messed up.
I know the whole point of beeminder is to keep you accountable with another person, but whenever i have a false derailment i always feel like i’m unnecessarily burdening the staff. i feel like i falsely derail too much and waste time. and i have a LOT of goals.
I feel so bad about it that it’s sometimes tempting to just enter data anyway, even though i absolutely hate having false graphs. And maybe if i was not a college student i would be fine with just paying the pledges even when i really don’t consider it to be a legitimate derail, but i have pretty limited income so a losing a $10 pledge is a lot of money to me. I can afford to lose maybe like $30 max/month to pledges. And it’s difficult to motivate myself without keeping my goals steep enough that i have a lot of emergency days.
part of me thinks i should just go for the highest paid plan so i can get $0 goals. But i worry that without ANY financial loss i won’t be motivated at all. I wish i could start with smaller pledge increments, like $1, $2 then $5.
What’s the best way to handle this? should i even feel bad about this? do i email in advance of derails?