Archive for 2021

Loss Aversion vs The Endowment Effect

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021
Loss Aversion vs The Endowment Effect

This is part 1 of a two-part series. First we explain loss aversion and how it’s distinct from the endowment effect. (Spoiler: loss aversion is a generalization of the endowment effect.) Asking Google how those things are different currently yields a fog of opaque logorrhea, so we hope this is... »

Complice’s Gloves Come Off: Announcing Micro Commitment Contracts in Complice

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021
Complice’s Gloves Come Off: Announcing Micro Commitment Contracts in Complice

Well, Complice lulled us into complacency with all their talk of how complementary Beeminder and Complice are and now here we are. Today they’re launching micro commitment contracts; presumably tomorrow will be macro commitment contracts. And from there, all out war. Ok, no, »

Nicky’s Ultimate Support Secret: Dogfood

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021
Nicky’s Ultimate Support Secret: Dogfood

Sorry to spoil the suspense with the title there. (Unless you don’t know the term “dogfood” but we’ve blogged... »

Make A Plan To Forget

Thursday, August 26th, 2021
Make A Plan To Forget

This is going to sound painfully obvious at first — “Don’t assume you’ll remember things! Create reminders!” — but bear with me. There are two useful, nonobvious things here: Sometimes you think of something you need to remember while, say, driving, or talking to someone. You can’t always email yourself or write something down but you can still do something like... »

Beeminder ♥ CodeCombat

Monday, July 26th, 2021
Beeminder ♥ CodeCombat

Fun fact that is not remotely a coincidence: The founder and CEO of CodeCombat is a friend and Beeminder superfan and previous guest blogger here on the Beeminder blog! In fact, ... »

Beeminder ♥ Pocket

Monday, July 5th, 2021
Beeminder ♥ Pocket

There are a lot of Pocket fans in Beeminderland. Me personally included. I find it a powerful anti-procrastination strategy to save an article to Pocket when it threatens to suck me in during the workday. But that strategy really depends on my having some confidence that saving to... »

Fractional Beeminding

Friday, July 2nd, 2021
Fractional Beeminding

Bethany previously described this basic idea at the end of my old Bucketminding post. »

Fake Data Is The Devil

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021
Fake Data Is The Devil

“I eagerly anticipate how you’re going to write a blog post about an infohazard.” — User in the Beeminder community Discord This is going to sound funny but we’ve toyed with having a rule in the Beeminder community against even mentioning the concept of fake data. Especially funny is that instead we’re doing the diametric opposite and... »

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Hello Bright Red Line

Thursday, May 27th, 2021
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Hello Bright Red Line

I believe this is our first blog post with a theme song. Remember last year when we replaced Beeminder’s Yellow Brick Road with a so-called »

Incentive Alignment

Saturday, May 15th, 2021
Incentive Alignment

This is a revised and slightly expanded version of something we originally wrote as part of our post on Bayesian Willpower. Immediate incentives are inordinately powerful. Beeminder’s philosophy is to find ways to make your immediate incentives... »