I’ve been reading the journals here and the blog posts.

And I’ve also been hesitant in creating a journal, therefore, this journal.

I’ve been reading @byorgey 's posts on the Beeminder blog and his own blog.

Especially Beeminding All The Things | Beeminder Blog .

Which links to his own blog post Beeminding for fun and profit | blog :: Brent -> [String] .

On the 1st bullet point “**Big projects**”, he writes

It’s also a great way to get some cold, hard data on how much time I actually spend on various projects (you can start with a “flat” goal and just record data for a while if you don’t know what a reasonable rate for the goal is).

I’ve been wondering how to start with a “flat” goal and searched and found the FAQ entry faq – beeminder .

My current project is speeding up my slow mid-2013 MacBook Air by retyping the Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac ebook on the Tana app as I verbalize what I’m typing, making notes, and applying it because I have brain fog.

How do I make the retyping of pages a “flat” goal?

Borrowing from the example in faq – beeminder of

-0.001 pounds per week for weight loss — essentially flat

, I entered “0.001/7” for 7 days, which equals “0.000142857142857 pages PER DAY”.

Is this correct?

Or is “0.001” for a “flat” goal good enough?

The “units” for this goal is “pages” for a total of 205 pages retyped.

My starting stake is $0 and my pledge cap is $0 until I have collected enough data.

So the goal tcosuym-pages – experientiallearner – beeminder says :

+1 due in

1d 8h 13m 09s

or pay $0*

I started entering the data for the days I’ve retyped pages.

When I entered "20 1 “finished page 5, started page 6 at 08:44” ", it turned into +1 due in

19 years

or pay $0* .

When I entered data for the rest, it turned into -11 due in

76 years

or pay $0*

And there’s an infinity sign now on the goal page.

And when I hover on the “due in”, it says “safe for 14001 days”.

How long should I collect data before I know what a reasonable rate for number of pages retyped, which also includes making notes and writing out tasks to do?

I just realized that what I’m doing is similar to Dr. Yorgey’s

Is there a paper I need to review by a certain date? I make a Beeminder goal for number of pages carefully read and commented on.