I am really inspired by this and am going to try a similar scheduling challenge! Thank you @mary for the inspiration!
Having 30+ daily items sounds insane but the key is that I only have to start the tasks. I can just do them for a minute and then stop - and I probably will a lot of the time, at least at first. Also, many tasks just take a minute or two: lock up my phone, set my alarm, brush my teeth.
The point for me is to get back into doing stuff instead of lying in bed all day - I’m trying to use this trial by fire and the power of the new year to pull myself out of this slump I am in.
With 30+ daily items, I can’t afford to make them $5 each, as that’s over $150 a day or over $4500 at risk for the 30 day period. So I’m making them 50 cent goals, which still means there’s over $500 at stake here - still nothing to sneeze at!
I hereby commit to continuing this for 30 consecutive weekdays beginning Monday, January 4, 2021 and paying 50 cents for each datapoint not entered before the deadline during the entire 30 days.
Because Beeminder doesn’t have an option for 50 cent goals, I’m implementing this by making all the daily items freebee goals, and then adding helping payment goals at $5 each. I can enter one datapoint in one helping goal if I enter data in 10 freebees before the deadline.
I’m also making my goals disjunctive, so that I can enter a datapoint if any one of the following are true:
- a) I start work on the task.
- b) I am doing work on another important work obligation during that time (upcoming deadlines, client meetings, work phone call)
- c) I have some kind of important administrative task that can’t fit into the time allocated (dealing with car repairs)
- d) prescheduled event at that time
- e) calling in sick / sleep problem
- f) previous task wasn’t started for reasons (b) - (e) and I’m off track.
- g) my 30 day period has ended and I’m reevaluating, reorganizing, figuring out what comes next, or trying something new.
This also has the advantage of not taking up Beeminder support time when that could otherwise be avoided, since I’ll be determining this myself instead of emailing Beeminder. It’s sort of like a home-grown self-serve legit check.
In keeping with the Quantified Self principle I will also note in the comments for each datapoint entered which disjunct was true.
More notes to follow!