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Team Black vs Team Yellow: The Two Styles of Beeminding

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
Team Black vs Team Yellow: The Two Styles of Beeminding

This is a guest post by Oliver Mayor, an avid Beeminder user for going on four years. He’s a software developer who’s interested in human-behavior-shaping technology and often has pretty deep insights related to Beeminder. We were especially... »

New Premium Feature: Rudimentary Road Editor

Friday, June 17th, 2016
New Premium Feature: Rudimentary Road Editor

The road dial was one of the first Beeminder features, announced almost 5 years ago when we were still in private beta. It lets you adjust the steepness of your yellow brick road — how much you’ve committed to doing... »

Walking On Custard

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Walking On Custard

When we were smaller we’d take pains to point out that our guest bloggers weren’t just friends of ours. I mean, they usually are friends of ours, but they’ve generally been Beeminder fans who then became friends. (Turns out hardcore beeminding is a strong predictor for us liking you a lot!) ... »

Death To Freebees; Or, Freebees Für Alles

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016
Death To Freebees; Or, Freebees Für Alles

News! We scrapped the overcomplicated concept of Freebees. But don’t panic! By scrapping it we mean that you don’t need to know the term “freebees” or worry about buying them: All goals can now be created with an initial pledge of $0. Can we get a hallelujah? (If you want to cap your pledge at $0, you still need a... »

What Is Willpower?

Monday, March 21st, 2016
What Is Willpower?

Our previous post, “Ego Depletion Depletion,” generated a lot of discussion and I found I was contradicting myself on the question of what willpower is exactly. First a recap, hopefully in plainer English, about what all the fuss is about. A big finding in... »

Ego Depletion Depletion

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
Ego Depletion Depletion

This is crossposted on Mark Forster’s Get Everything Done blog. The big news in psychology this week is that Baumeister’s Ego Depletion model is bunk. At least it has failed to »

Revealed Preference

Monday, February 15th, 2016
Revealed Preference

The doctrine of revealed preference — that you can infer someone’s utility function based wholly on what they choose to do — has an illustrious history. John Locke said “the actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.” And Ludwig von Mises »

Post New Year’s Press Roundup

Friday, February 5th, 2016
Post New Year’s Press Roundup

Another month (or so), another swarm of Beeminder buzz. Since new year’s resolution season just ended we got included in a lot of lists (resources for succeeding in college, resources for MBA students, apps to stay motivated in 2016, »

Systems Not Goals

Friday, December 11th, 2015
Systems Not Goals

My cofounder and I are proud to be featured on the latest Sources & Methods podcast. One of many things we talk about in that episode is Dilbert creator Scott Adams’s claim that goals are for losers. We’ve decided that our response to that needs to be its own blog post. So,... »

Beeminder’s Youngest User

Saturday, November 21st, 2015
Beeminder’s Youngest User

Imagine a world where children grow up with Beeminder as a way of life. Well we created Beeminder when our kids were babies so here in Portland (at least in our house) that world exists, as a reality. Here to tell you about that is Beeminder’s presumably youngest user, ... »