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New Discourse Forum!

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
New Discourse Forum!

We committed in a beemail recently to announcing a series of things that we’ve been brewing, culminating in our 3rd anniversary blog post, coming this month. ... »

Freebees: Not Actually Free

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
Freebees: Not Actually Free

So many changes lately to freebees and adding pledges to goals! First, for those who haven’t read our glossary cover to cover, a freebee is a goal with an initial »

New Feature: Pledge Caps

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
New Feature: Pledge Caps

The exponential pledge schedule is a key part of the, dare we say it, genius of Beeminder. It means you quickly reach a pledge that’s highly motivating and keeps you on track for a long time. But one more exponential step beyond “highly motivating” was... »

What To Mind: Picking a Metric

Saturday, September 13th, 2014
What To Mind: Picking a Metric

We use the word “goal” a lot but, ironically, we agree with Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) who argues that goals are for losers. He points out that the most... »

The Type Bee Personality

Monday, July 28th, 2014
The Type Bee Personality

People often ask, sometimes incredulously, what kind of person uses Beeminder. We’ve found that the following personality traits are required: 1. Akratic (obviously), 2. Ambitious/motivated (ironically), 3. Self-aware (knowing the limits of one’s motivation), 4. High-integrity (to not spoil the whole point by... »

How I Use Beeminder

Thursday, July 17th, 2014
How I Use Beeminder

When I first introduce people to Beeminder, they either recoil in horror or they want to dive right in. But the easiest way to defeat a new system is to overload it [1], so if you read this blog post and then immediately create a bunch of goals, I’ve probably failed. There are two obvious ways to overload a system: volume and intensity. In Beeminder terms, volume is creating more goals than you’re able to keep current, and intensity is setting too aggressive a slope. You might want to lose... »

Beating Beeminder Burnout

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
Beating Beeminder Burnout

Here’s a perennial topic on Akratics Anonymous: How do you keep from feeling overwhelmed by all the myriad things things you’re beeminding? I'm going to repeat my advice buried in a previous blog post, which is actually to... »

Beeminding Your Way Out of Your Comfort Zone

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
Beeminding Your Way Out of Your Comfort Zone

Recently, I’ve been trying to get myself out of my comfort zone more often. I’ve been finding it… uncomfortable. One thing I’ve been trying to do is talk to strangers more frequently. I genuinely want to get better at this. I think it will make me more comfortable socially as well as being a valuable skill generally. But every time I... »

New Feature: Supporters

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
New Feature: Supporters

Technically we deployed this feature over two months ago, but not very well so we didn’t have much fanfare. It was one of our »

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... »