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Most elegant way to create one-off must-do event with penalty?


#1

Hello,
What is the best way to create a one-off must-do event with penalty (custom goal?) I’ve seen workarounds involving a recurring task such as “do something important every day” etc but I was looking for something a little more specific…
Thanks,
-Devon


#2

If you have an iPhone your best bet is probably to use Beeminder’s GTBee app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gtbee/id779525180?mt=8

It essentially works as a to do list with a sting. You set up tasks with deadlines and specific penalty amounts. If you do not complete the task in time you will be charged.


#3

Thanks for asking about this, Devon!

When Devon asked this in the chat thing on Beeminder, I answered like so:

Great question! If you’re willing to ask on the forum i can start brainstorming there…

lemme dogfood that: http://dreev.commits.to/chime_in_with_options_for_one_off_commitment_devices (on the forum, after you post the question) :slight_smile:

So here’s me starting my brainstorming list!

  1. The MustDo System as you alluded to
  2. GTBee as @cgamer1 just mentioned
  3. Commits.to as I dogfoodily demonstrated (private beta though)
  4. The /charge command built in to the Beeminder Slack bot
  5. Fancy things with IFTTT applets?
  6. Nebuminding where in the nebu-doc you type “Next step: do XYZ task (no typing more until that’s done!)” and now, boom, Beeminder is making you do the obvious next thing – kinda like the MustDo system but you precommit to it all being for a particular project
  7. Beemind your to-do list, especially with our Todoist integration
  8. A nonce Beeminder goal, using @zedmango’s procedure
  9. Boss as a Service

UPDATE: I’m editing this as new ideas pop up so we have a single coherent list of these. Again, great question!


#4
  1. Create a goal that needs to be done twice a month or less.
  2. Retroratchet to your desired deadline.
  3. When you do the task, archive the goal.

#5

It occurs to me that some of Beeminder’s competitors may handle one-off commitments better than anything in my list above. Please do chime in, anyone, if you find that to be the case!


#6

Is this feature is added in the future, maybe it would work as a premium feature since people would be motivated to set an obscenely high dollar amount then do the task anyway. Maybe it would make sense to require a one-off objective to be tied to a consistent habit as a means of kickstarting it?


#7

Can you give an example of the type of event this is?

See also: Beeminder goal for deadlines


#8

I just used the /charge in N minutes Slack endpoint for the first time. It looks like it will be perfect. If I got to pick, I would prefer something in the Beeminder UI, but the advantage of the Slack functionality is this it’s already done. :slight_smile:

Thanks folks!

Insti, there’s some examples over at http://forum.beeminder.com/t/intermittent-frog-task-difficulty/4070.


#9

The issue that I have with the Slack endpoint is that it does not poll me with a reminder.