I write reports in my job, and I can reasonably write 1 report per day. Although each report is a unique flower, taking between 1 hour and ~2-3 hours worth of focussed work to write, I seem to be able to do one per day regardless (I think it takes mental energy).
I find I get assigned these reports in batches of about 5, and I have several weeks to write them. How do I beemind this? I can’t beemind an “inbox zero” type goal, because I’ll go from having 2 reports to having 7, and I want the yellow brick road to “increase with me”, while still staying at that -5 a week gradient as I continue to chip away. Under the current “inbox zero” behaviour, I’d get charged for derailing just because I happened to get given more work to do!
So - how do I beemind this? Anyone have any ideas?
I don’t want to beemind pomos dedicated to it, and while I could do a 0/1 type goal where I submit 1 if I completed one report OR had no reports to complete, that doesn’t give me a neat graph that tells me what my average backlog tends to be, how often I get given new reports, etc.
not long enough want to read more: (i.e. anti tldr)
My job is writing crash reports for fatal crashes that I investigate on the road. I’ll be periodically given 3-4 “local crashes” to write reports about, but also once every 2 or 3 months we’ll go on a road trip and go to crashes that are far away in our state (I live in Western Australia which is bigger than Alaska), and the last one of those I went on, we visited 5 crash sites - sometimes we see even more than that. So the amount of reports I have to write depends on how often other people die, how often my supervisor reads the basic crash reports, when the three of us in the team have time to go travelling, etc. It’s not something I can really anticipate happening in advance.
And yeah, beeminder, for good reason, doesn’t allow you to suddenly say you need an extra week safety buffer as of today.
writing this all out made me realise … would an oedometer goal fix this? If when I get a new report to write, I type in a 0, and then put in my new count?