Do you have a meta goal that makes you schedule breaks every week for what’s coming up on your calendar? You should! Unless you like the stress of juggling beemergencies and various events like doctor’s appointments or vacations. I often do like that stress but being prompted to consider how compatible your upcoming calendar is with your Beeminder goals is pretty valuable. (I’d even say that that flexibility to adapt to your life is why Beeminder’s more powerful than its competitors.)
Also it can be a good prompt to think about how each of your goals is serving you. (Nathan Arthur, of TaskRatchet fame, calls it beetuning for that reason.) Sometimes I schedule a long break in a goal if I’m not sure, just to see how it feels to not have to worry about it day to day.
And, ok, calendialing needn’t necessarily be a Beeminder goal, if you have some other trigger prompting you to calendial at the same time every week. For some people a recurring calendar entry could suffice. If that’s you, ignore everything but step 7 in the instructions in the sidebar here.
This pretty much concludes the public service announcement. Let me just add this comment from Prof Yorgey himself, illustrating the value of calendialing:
Right now I am coming up to a megabreak for [exciting-sounding vacation], happily scheduled a week ago when my goal told me to. I don’t even want to think about what would happen if I didn’t remember to do anything about it until, say, today — which would probably be typical. I would be scrambling to do several days’ worth of stuff on Friday and Saturday (which I do not enjoy).
Also Bee points out that she used to calendial for scheduling weekends off before the weekends-off feature existed. So, pro-tip for cheapskates who don’t want to pay for that premium feature I guess? (It’s fine, we don’t begrudge it!)
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