[I’ve mentioned this a few times in the last few days, so forgive me if you’re one of the people out there for whom this is repetitive!]
I’ve set up some IFTTT recipes so that I get a phone call every time certain goals send a reminder.
There are a couple of ways to do that, one is to have a Beeminder “Zeno alert for a specific goal” trigger linked to a phone call action.
The other, the way I prefer, is to have an email trigger than searches for “Eep!” in the subject line of my incoming emails, and then reads me the subject of the email when it calls. That way, I have just one IFTTT recipe, and I switch on and off which goals get phone call reminders by switching on and off which goals are receiving email notifications. (But this works for me in part because SMS is my primary notification method, so I don’t really need/use the email reminders anyway.) This also means that it doesn’t trigger a call when it’s the first reminder of the day, since the first email doesn’t have “eep” in the subject line, so the calls only happen if I don’t do the task at the time my reminders are set to start (which is set to the time I actually want to be doing it or have done it).
Whichever way you use, I find it really handy for keeping me from forgetting or ignoring my goals! That said, you definitely will want to have the reminders set up so that they’re starting at the “HEY! GO DO THIS NOW!” time, so that your phone isn’t ringing all day long.
Anyway, I hope that’s helpful. And I’m really curious to see how this conversation develops, cause lately I’ve been thinking about whether I should be relying on Beeminder’s reminder system, or setting my goals up with more in-world supports, but I’ll save that for another post!