I think I’m a relatively typical Beeminder user. I investigated Beeminder a few years ago, and started using Beeminder daily in February for weight loss. I deliberately didn’t add new goals for a while, because I would naturally add too many goals and be overwhelmed and get demotivated. I added a few a month or two later, and in June or July, I made a big list. I added most of the goals on my list immediately, but I left a few harder ones on the list.
I realized yesterday I still had left them on my list, not added to Beeminder, not being worked on at all. So, I added one, determined to get started, but I almost immediately realized I’m going on a trip next weekend, and “I shouldn’t start before then, I don’t want to immediately fail.”
I had an epiphany, and I’m not sure if it’ll bear out in practice, but here it is: I added the goal, and immediately did Take a Break and gave myself another flat week. I don’t need to make progress on the goal this week, but I have a stronger commitment to actually start after I get back.