I like to have and maintain a certain number of buffer days for my goals. If I have too many buffer days, then I’m likely to slack off. If everyday is a beemergency, then that causes me unnecessary stress, which increases cortisol levels, and is generally an unhealthy way for me to live. (I understand some people need or even enjoy being on beemergency days.)
@adba stated the issue very well in Discord:
if my goal is 50 per day and I’ve put in something less than 50 and it’s not a beemergency day, I’m out of luck with being nudged to do a specific amount more, other than very indirectly through my own conventions.
“…for quantity goals, I find I skate off towards infinity or beemergencies, and lack of UI support for whether I’m (that day) above or below the level I’m smoothing out to is a contributor to that I think”
So is there some kind of method, or perhaps integration, that could give me this kind of feedback? If not something like one of the following enhancements could be helpful:
A new “Bright Yellow Line” enhancement could solve this issue. It would have the same slope as the red line, shifted to the left for do more goals, some number of buffer days. And like the bright red line, it could have various text alerts, info feedback in the UI, etc., which would help guide one to do whatever is necessary today to maintain a consistent number of buffer days (or perhaps just to maintain the red line’s daily slope requirement). But I also understand that this would be a huge undertaking for Beeminder.com
An easier enhancement that would still be very helpful. Consider the position of the checkmark on the website, which indicates “data has been added for today”. Suppose one has a goal to do 50 of something every day. Currently, if a user enters “23”, then beeminder shows a checkmark. But instead of a checkmark, it could show a rectangle that is partially full. Or it could show “23/50”. And if one completes all 50 of their units, it could then change into a checkmark.