In the past, Mary came up with the idea of the New Year Survivor contest, and we saw an amazing number of people stick to their goals for that – we know Beeminder works, and yet I don’t think we expected quite how many people managed to make it the whole year without even derailing. (I know I didn’t expect to with my own goal choice.)
I think part of that was the sense of having a community all sticking to our goals together, as well, so I’d like to tap into that again, and I’d love to invite everyone to join me.
Right now, of course, it’s only December… which is why I’m doing a warm-up. Come January, I’ll invite people to identify just one goal that they’re gonna ride or die with for the whole of 2024, preferably a brand new goal, and preferably without derailing or changing the goal’s rate (this is all going to rely on self-report, though – you’re hardcore Beeminder users, I trust you!). The point of just one goal is to keep the focus, and also prevent people from trying to overload themselves. One goal is fine: we can do that no matter what, right?
Nailing yourself to one goal is difficult, though, and knowing what rate to start out with is tricky. So I’m inviting you to join me in December for a dry run: create a new goal, or multiple new goals, and experiment. What rate can you stick to? Do you run out of oomph after a week? Does it turn out that doing yoga right before bed makes you feel terrible, or waking up at 6am just won’t fly? That’s what we’re here to find out – the only rule is to experiment.
- Create at least one goal to try out in December, to decide whether you can do it in 2024 and what rate you’d like to set.
- Post in this thread with some commentary on what you’re going to do (or what you’ve already done, if you decide to try first and comment later), and I’ll add you to the list, closing on December 31st 2023.
- Feel free to come back and do multiple updates about your experimentation process!