This must’ve been discussed before, but my searches are not finding it, so I’d appreciate input from those who know more.
The issue is that even if you set up a weekly or monthly goal, Beeminder still thinks in daily increments, which life doesn’t always care to follow.
Example: a “Do Less” goal where you want to spend no more than $100 per week on food. Monday night you have a special dinner planned where you spend $75. That derails you right there, even though you’re still within with your weekly goal (presuming this is a new goal, or one where you don’t want to use accumulated buffer from previous weeks).
Another example: A “Do More” sales goal of $1000 per week. What if you make two $750 sales, but not until the last two days of the week? Would Beeminder not already have derailed you by mid-week?
I’m not seeing how Beeminder’s expectation of “being on track every single day” can work for true weekly goals, since by their nature some goals are accomplished non-incrementally. Of course, a person could “lie” and divide the data up over several days (for the dinner example above, recording $25 over three days), but that sort of defeats the point.
Can’t imagine I’m the only one to have encountered this. How have you made it work?