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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... »

Don’t Be a Smarmbot

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
Don’t Be a Smarmbot

In which the CEO of Beeminder quibbles with Patrick McKenzie, aka patio11, about what we call smarmbot emails, while... »

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... »

Clearing Up Confusion About Exponential Roads

Friday, June 27th, 2014
Clearing Up Confusion About Exponential Roads

Once in a while someone tries to set up a yellow brick road where the steepness automatically increases by, say, 10% each week. It seems like a so-called exponential road (available with custom goals, which is one of the Bee... »

Bethany’s Maniac Week

Friday, June 6th, 2014
Bethany’s Maniac Week

Last week Danny took our children to Canada while I attempted a Nick Winter style maniac week. It was delightful, though less epic than its namesake. Nonetheless it was a massively productive work week for me compared to my average. Here’s a time-lapse video of me working. So fascinating! Look... »

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... »

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... »

Bee’s Guide To Beeminding Weight Loss

Monday, March 24th, 2014
Bee’s Guide To Beeminding Weight Loss

I’ve been thinking about beeminding weight loss a lot lately and the thing is, beeminding weight loss sucks! But not any more than losing weight in general sucks. Even for people who really like the whole commitment device craziness, Beeminder sometimes feels aversive. I believe that happens when you don’t feel like you are fully in control... »

Eat Your Vegetables

Friday, March 14th, 2014
Eat Your Vegetables

With the Fat Cyclist weight loss competition underway, we're thinking about weight loss a lot. We've got some useful posts planned. In the meantime, we have Bethany hating on... »