I have a goal setup to reduce my Facebook time. This was so successful (for a while) that I had almost a month of safety buffer built up. Of course, when you have that much buffer it almost makes the goal meaningless, and sure enough I started to waste time on FB again, going so far as to install it on my phone (the hubris)!
So I decided to rap my knuckles via retroratcheting. Now, of course, my parasympathetic nervous system hasn’t caught up to the fact that there is no safety buffer left, and I’m in the red on a ‘do-less’ goal. Does that mean I automatically derail tonight? Is there anything I can do?
I’m also interested in the philosophy behind the retroratchet? Is it primarily a device for keeping the pressure on, or is it meant to test our natural tendency towards overoptimism?