Recently a friend of mine challenged me to do 1,000 pushups with the complication of 3% daily compounding interest. I found this to be extremely motivating as you can see from my push-ups goal.
A recurring failure mode for me with some of my goals on beeminder is that I feel little motivation to do more than the minimum, but I also don’t necessarily want to raise the minimum because too many beemergencies can be anti-productive and I’ve got enough going on right now.
I think compounding interest is a potential answer to this problem. You’re always rewarded for doing extra because it decreases how much compounding you’ll be subject to.
Excited to hear of other ways people have found to incentivize themselves to do more than the minimum