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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:... »

The Beekeeper Program: Beeminder-Based Lifecoaching

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
The Beekeeper Program: Beeminder-Based Lifecoaching

This post is by Erica Edelman, our very first employee! She’s been knocking our socks off since we met her a couple months ago, and apparently the feeling was mutual because last week she moved to Portland from Columbus, Ohio to start with us full-time. The main excuse to hire... »

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 ♥ … You! How To Build Your Own Beeminder Integrations

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
Beeminder ♥ … You! How To Build Your Own Beeminder Integrations

After adding Jawbone last month, I realized that we could be approaching an asymptote in Beeminder’s coverage for integrations. We’ve covered some of the most popular apps and devices, but their numbers are exploding, and there’s no way we could hope to keep up. Even by beeminding them — it doesn’t pass the want-can-will... »

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... »

Spiraling Into Control

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
Spiraling Into Control

This is a guest post by Nick Winter, cofounder of Skritter and CodeCombat and author of The Motivation Hacker. He also works on Quantified Mind. We’ve mentioned Nick Winter and The Motivation Hacker before, in particular because... »

Catch-up Unmustered; or, Easier is Harder

Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Catch-up Unmustered; or, Easier is Harder

Rule #1 of Beeminder: Things that make staying on the yellow brick road easier make reaching your overall goal harder. There’s no free lunch. Any leniency today will get paid for down the (wait for it) Road. If that sounds counter-intuitive, imagine the extreme case of ultimate leniency where... »

To Break From Routine Is Human

Thursday, May 16th, 2013
To Break From Routine Is Human

This is crossposted on AndyBrett.com. The third James Bond movie, Goldfinger, opens with an amphibious mission to destroy an illicit chemical processing facility. After emerging from the water and planting the explosives, Bond strips off his drysuit to reveal a perfectly pressed white tuxedo and calmly affixes a red carnation... »

Precommit to Recommit: The Third Great Beeminder Epiphany

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
Precommit to Recommit: The Third Great Beeminder Epiphany

UPDATE 2013 August: We decided this was so ingenious that we made it fundamental to Beeminder. There’s no longer such a thing as not precommiting to recommit. In other words, goals no longer freeze when you derail. Below is the post in its original form for posterity.   The First Great... »