I wanted to have my own beeminder journal, since I’ve found them very helpful and could see actively writing one myself could be even more beneficial. I therefore have pledged to write an entry at least every other week (or 0.071428571 per day).
I guess it would make sense to start with a list of goals, I’ll try to categorize them roughly:
- learn finnish:
- mondly - 1 per weekday - do one daily lesson per day
- memrise - 1500 points per day - akrasia auto goal; do memrise lessons until you reach 1500 points
- clozemaster - 40 points per day - Clozeminder auto goal; do clozemaster lessons until you reach 40 points
- keep a daily rhythm:
- wakeupontime - 1 per weekday - wake up (and stand up) before 9 am
- leaveontime - 1 per weekday - leave home before 9:50 am
- sleepontime - 1 per weeday - go to sleep before 01:00 am
- stay in contact with family:
- callmom - 1 per month - call mom or get called by mom.
- calldad - 1 per month - call dad or get called by dad.
- callgrandparents - 1 per month - call grandparents or get called by grandparents.
- reading, writing, consuming media
- journal - 1 per weekday - write an entry (at least five lines) into my private journal
- nachrichten - 1 per weekday - Nachrichten ist German for news; consume some form (podcast, mostly) of news.
- blog - 1 per week - Publish something, anything, on my blog every week
- lesen - 8 Minutes per day - Lesen is German for reading; read a book for at least 8 Minutes per day
- bmndrjrnl - 1 every two weeks - Update this thread at least once every two weeks
- general productivity:
- asi - 1 per weekday - actual setup improvements; modelled after beeminder’s own uvi; do one thing that improves my productivity setup every day
- eatthefrog - 1 per weekday - inspired by Brian Tracy’s Book; do that one thing that is most important that day (in my case this has developed to be the one thing that I can do on top of my responsibilities at work, which I’m fine with)
- of3dailyreviews - 1 per weekday - Review all goals in Omnifocus daily
- of3weeklyreviews - 1 per week (only Friday’s) - Every Friday I review my Omnifocus situation; if there is an eep day that’s not a Friday I enter Data until the deadline is on a friday.
- weight related
- loseweight - 5 kilos less by (currently) 4th of May 2020
- wiegen - 1 per week - Wiegen is German for to weigh; weigh myself once per week
Two general things to know:
- I use the weekends off feature on (almost) all of my goals
- I actually try to reuse archived goals when applicable, since I like the higher pledge when starting a commitment (again) and in most cases I have already a perfectly fine goal that is configured in the way I like, so I don’t need to reinvent the wheel.
A quick thought about my weekly review goal: I really would like to have a generalized version of the weekend off feature (as kinda described here): Let me pick which days should be active days and which days are automatically scheduled as “breaks”. For example my of3weeklyreviews goal will (almost) always happen on Friday. So the only day which should ever be an eep day is Friday. I have now trimmed the safety buffer so that Friday is the eep day again and set it so it would automatically trim the buffer at 7 days. This is not exactly the same thing, because to me it would be great if I could make progress earlier than Friday without it messing up what day should be considered an eep day, but maybe that’ll work.
Generally, I think I should be able to configure which days of the week I want to be strict to myself. This would help configuring my commitment - or rather the device which helps me to fulfill the commitment - in a way that takes some cognitive load of me as a user, since I don’t have to translate what’s in my head to what beeminder actually does as much.
Put in a more abstract way: It would be great if we would have (even more) tools to configure goals in a way that reduces friction coming from translating the mental model and the beeminder representation.
This first post is way too long as it is (and the length of this entry is not gonna be typical for entries in this journal), but I at least wanted to mention that I finally finished my yearly review and goal setting project for 2018/2019 using Alex Vermeer’s 8760 Hours guide. So there might be new goals the next time there is an update here.