I’ve run into a similar problem before. I’ve found that my general
"productive on personal (ie. non-work) things" goal is good, but it’s too
broad. I can easily find enough productive things to do in order to avoid
something particularly horrible (immigration paperwork, taxes, you get the
idea). So I set up specific goals for those side projects, demanding a
smaller amount of progress on them each week, and Beeminder ensures they
keep moving forward.
That works well until the point when the goal is finished: the project is
done, immigration package is sent off, etc. Then the goal is complete and
no longer relevant, but there’s no real way to capture it in Beeminder.
I’ve done a different solution than you describe, though. I added a massive
data point, enough to finish the full year’s worth of the goal. Then it
automatically archives itself.
There should be a better way to cancel the goal, but I agree it is exposing
"weasel attack surface", so to speak.
On Tue Jan 14 2014 at 3:52:28 PM, Jose firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I am a very happy user of Beeminder and have already reached some goals I
would not have managed otherwise. But today something happened I am not too
happy about. One of my goals was to read a programming book (and apply the
relevant things to my work). The first pages already left some bad taste
but I tried to force me to work through it by setting up a beeminder goal.
Now, at page 255 of 618, I cannot longer stand it. I could not even do it
if I got paid 150$ to do so.
I have already paid money to Beeminder and did not weasel out once, but
this time it’s different: I found out the goal isn’t worthwile and I am
better off investing my effort elsewhere. Therefore I submitted one week’s
worth of pages read and archived the goal to close it off, which does not
feel nice after all.
I know it may be a dangerous thing but wouldn’t it make sense to allow
cancelling goal immediately in exceptional cases? What’s your opinion?
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