Sounds either anti-beeminder or super-beeminder – anyway I think it’s quite compatible and even if not something you’ll directly copy, good food for thought if you think you may be missing some spontaneity / inspiration / motivation / fun / rest / etc.
The last Focused podcast episode is on “sabbaticals”, with Sean McCabe. His rules (of course way easier for some people than for others, but the ideas can be adapted I think):
- block out a “sabbatical” week in which you have no scheduled
workEDIT: I should say no scheduled ANYTHING
- schedule that to repeat – he suggests every 7th week
- do what you feel you want/need to do in the moment – play video games, work on “work” projects, work on other projects
- don’t schedule anything for that week – not even after the week has started
- stick to routines like exercise and sleep patterns
How does this map to beeminder?
I do currently rely on it for telling me what to do when for a lot of things, which is a kind of scheduling in the sense he means it: it’s telling you what to do when, for things you may well not want to do in the moment.
So I guess in beeminder terms it’s just:
- Schedule a break for most goals except for “routine” ones (floss teeth, exercise, etc.)
- I’m sure it helps to reinforce habits for sticking to a routine in the absence of other scheduling (including beeminder-scheduling) – so for those goals maybe move more towards beeminding habit triggers (did I floss my teeth right after getting out of the shower), with high frequency (say once per day) and low safety buffer.