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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,... »

Revamped Reminders

Thursday, October 1st, 2015
Revamped Reminders

If your name is “Beeminder” then reminders really need to be part of your core competency. Alerts and nudges about your goal are fundamental to our contract with you, the user, to do our very best to help you meet the goals you’ve set, and only... »

The Seinfeld Hack; or, Don’t Break The Chain

Monday, June 29th, 2015
The Seinfeld Hack; or, Don’t Break The Chain

Connoisseurs of productivity porn, which we’re afraid to say this blog may count as, probably know about the Seinfeld Hack, also known as Don’t Break The Chain. The idea’s so simple (in a good way) that you don’t even need to follow the... »

Smoking Sticks and Carrots

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Smoking Sticks and Carrots

This is crossposted on Messy Matters. Let’s talk about science! Beehavioral science. A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine last week has been all over the news. It’s much better than... »

If This MIND That: Beeminder ♥ IFTTT

Friday, May 8th, 2015
If This MIND That: Beeminder ♥ IFTTT

Announcement! There is now an official Beeminder Channel on IFTTT! This is a big day for us. Our users have been begging for this for a very long time, and we in turn have been bugging IFTTT. In fact, Danny even wrote this Ode to IFTTT two years ago and included it in our application to... »

GmailZero: Not Just For Your Inbox Anymore

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
GmailZero: Not Just For Your Inbox Anymore

Google recently stopped supporting their very old OAuth1 authentication strategy, which is what we’d been using to access all y’all’s Gmail accounts. We’ve talked about our Gmail integration, GmailZero before. (Actually we talk about »

Dealing with Beemergencies in an Emergency

Sunday, April 19th, 2015
Dealing with Beemergencies in an Emergency

I recently had a highly disruptive event in my life. Overnight my priorities rapidly changed, and not all of my Beeminder goals made sense anymore. This is the story of how I dealt with my commitments during a period of stress. When real life changes suddenly, you deal with it. Your beemergency days are no longer relevant. When the first derailment happened, I... »

Should You Beemind The Moving Average?

Friday, March 20th, 2015
Should You Beemind The Moving Average?

This was tied for the most popular topic for us to write about in a mini straw poll of the daily beemail readers. I decided to blog it instead because a surprising number of people have proposed this ... »

Beeminder ♥ Sleep as Android

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
Beeminder ♥ Sleep as Android

Another integration! And one that I personally use daily (well, nightly). Sleep as Android is a popular sleep tracking app that’s delightfully nerdy and quantified-self focused. (Much like... »

Beeminder ♥ Zapier: Hundreds of New Integrations in One

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
Beeminder ♥ Zapier: Hundreds of New Integrations in One

We’re beaming with pride at being the latest official Zapier integration. See also Zapier’s announcement. This is arguably our biggest announcement since the Beeminder API two years ago. In case you don’t already know about Zapier, it’s a more... »