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Get Things Done (Or Else!) With Beeminder and GTBee

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Get Things Done (Or Else!) With Beeminder and GTBee

At its core, Beeminder is a tool for getting yourself to do things using money as an incentive. Most goals on Beeminder focus on making steady progress over time. But some goals, and some people, work better with a different model. Let’s say you have to call someone by the end of the day today, and... »

Minding Bee: Time Tracking, Behavior Change, and the Birth of Beeminder

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
Minding Bee: Time Tracking, Behavior Change, and the Birth of Beeminder

Our esteemed cofounder, Bethany Soule, gave a talk at the 2013 Global Quantified Self conference in San Francisco. We just got the video of it and wanted to share it with you, along with a transcript and the slides. See also our previous Quantified Self interview from 2011 and our previous Quantified Self talk from 2012. 1:... »

Be Nice To Yourself

Sunday, January 12th, 2014
Be Nice To Yourself

I originally wrote this as a beemail and everyone seemed to love it, so I’ve blogged it for the rest of the world to see. I do realize how vaguely self-serving this advice is.... »

Resolutions for Real

Monday, December 23rd, 2013
Resolutions for Real

It’s that season again. This time last year, Philip Hellyer urged us to get a jump on our resolutions. This year, we’re proud to have him officially part of the Beeminder team. New Years Resolutions are ridiculous. Your current delusionally euphoric self... »

1000 Days of User-Visible Improvements

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
1000 Days of User-Visible Improvements

UPDATE: A revised and updated version of this article is now on Messy Matters. It’s amazing where one trivial user-visible improvement per day will eventually get you to. We’ve made 1000 user-visible improvements (UVIs) to »

Beeminder Turns Two!

Saturday, October 12th, 2013
Beeminder Turns Two!

Yo-yo-yo! We’re two! So perhaps we should say yo-yo? Remember two years ago when we launched? You almost surely don't! (If you do, let us know because we have... »

More Schwag, Less Beeminding

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
More Schwag, Less Beeminding

This post is a random assortment of items and announcements. Normally we use the beemails for that, but (a) it’s an emergency blog post day and (b) we wanted... »

Do-Less Goals with Pessimistic Presumptive Reports

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
Do-Less Goals with Pessimistic Presumptive Reports

First, a point of nominology: We’ve renamed the Set-A-Limit goal type to Do Less. The names “do more” and “do less” sometimes confuse people, like if you just want to... »

Scheduled Breaks!

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Scheduled Breaks!

We have once again knocked off what was the highest voted item from our feedback forum: you can now schedule flat spots in your yellow brick road. In fact, you can schedule any change in your road, between arbitrary dates, as long as it starts outside the akrasia horizon. Even more »

Combatting Cheating

Friday, August 23rd, 2013
Combatting Cheating

The second most puzzling thing about Beeminder, for those who don’t use it, is why people don’t lie to avoid paying us. Here’s why! Beeminder is foremost a Quantified Self tool, so it feels really wrong and counterproductive to falsify your data. People take a lot of pride in their graphs since... »