I track my reading with an odometer goal. I often read more than one book at once, but until now I have always submitted pages from my non-tracked books having completed the book I’m tracking as I read.
I originally started this post ages ago to ask about zeroing the goal, but I experimented with that and it didn’t work. What I want to ask for now is a variation on the odometer goal, potentially called multi-trip odometer. I’d like to be able to track my reading for various books at the same time, contributing to the single goal to read more. I currently often end up either needing to read one book faster than I would otherwise, or putting in a higher number of pages than I have actually read of that book.
At first glance this looks like cheating, but for example now I am on page 290 of a book and in the red, but I’ve actually finished another book of ~300 pages and read ~100 pages of a third, so I shouldn’t be anywhere near the red. It also means my goal does not reflect the total pages which I actually read at the time I read them. Here’s my reading goal, if you’re interested: https://www.beeminder.com/gaidheal/reading
Ideally, I would be able to start any number of ‘trips’ within the goal (up to a reasonable number, for example 10), and then ‘archive’ or ‘complete’ them when I finished the book.
I imagine this could also be used for exercise goals: perhaps I’m training for a triathlon, and over the next 3 months I want to cycle 500km, run 200km, and swim 50km. While I realise that 1km swimming is not equal effort to 1km cycling, this could make exercise bundle goals more precise.
This feature would make tracking my reading with Beeminder even more enjoyable!