Well, actually not really. What I’m doing is “similar” on a much higher level of abstraction: it is another tool to help with the “microproductivity”. (Beeminder is day-based, I needed something with higher granularity - much like you, I guess.) But instead of showing me nice graphs, my tool gives me stats about my productivity. For instance, I set up a fraction of my work-time (I don’t use that tool at home) I want to spend actually working, say 80%. Then, I can see data like “your current efficiency is 78%, and you need 8 minutes of uninterrupted work to get back to 80%”.
So, a different approach but solving a very similar problem.
Usage update: it turned to be useful! Not as powerful as described by posts that inspired it, but still worth using.
There are two mechanisms that I noticed:
I have in my TODOs “run percentile script and look at result” item. Typically it results in going “oh, no results will be poor - I should do something to improve it, maybe just 5 minutes” what typically results in doing targeted beeminder task, often for more than this 5 minutes
It reminds me that maybe I did less than I wanted so far, but still my percentile is high (typically 80+). So it reminds me that while today is not as good as I want, I am still improving overall.
I often see something that is supposed to be useful, described as interesting/good idea - without any updates after initial post. And I have no idea whatever it was actually useful for the original author or is it something that turned out to not be helpful at all.
So I wanted to make an update here to avoid the same problem.