I don’t think the pledge schedule reflects my psychology at all. For me a $30 pledge is only marginally less intimidating than a $90 pledge but WAY more ok for me to cough up. Whereas a $90 pledge really pushes me into a corner where everything in me tries to find reasons for why it would be a non legit derailment. This results in a lot of hard arguing with myself which is really not at all pleasant and it makes me want to abandon Beeminder. Because really a way lower pledge level is no difference to me in motivation.
In that spirit I find a $1 is already plenty motivating to do 90% of the stuff I would normally procrastinate on. The motivation increases roughly logarithmically¹ until $10 or $15 after which it just feels unnecessarily harsh and unjustified.
This current (and past) fast increasing pledge schedule might work for people who are good with building up safety buffer (I am not). And for people who lower their pledge amount as soon as possible again whenever it went up. I keep forgetting to do that.
The bottom line is: Eventually I discover that today some goal is due with its pledge level set to something way too high and I’m like ugh I never wanted it to be this high, this feels stupid.
I know you praise and cherish your absurdly high pledge levels and talk about how insanely motivating they are. But apparently I don’t work this way. I find high pledge levels stupid. You likely get more money from me by having lower pledge levels.
Give me something like this: $1, $2, $3, $4, $5, $6, …, $10, $15, $20, maybe bigger steps higher up.
I know you want to say “oh but then you will have payed so much until you reach the pledge level that will motivate you”.
Yeah. Great. Then it shall be that way. My brain does not throw equations at my behaviour when I’m acratic. It doesn’t sum up all the past expenses and then logically concludes something and follows through with it. If it did that I wouldn’t be here in the first place. When acratic it deals with things in this very moment.
Also do you want my money or not? Hint: You won’t be getting it by putting a customisable pledge schedule in Beemium because I’m not gonna pay close to $400 a year (!) for even more distractions.
I know you Americans are totally fine with paying a truckload of money monthly but in my experience this mindset is not that prevalent in Europe. Definitely not in me. Yes, I am suggesting to adapt the costs to the different markets.
Also add automatic pledge lowering.
¹ read: Diminishing returns. Very quickly diminishing returns.