How To Beemind Nebulous Goals

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
By dreeves
A nebulous bee and a nebula

Beeminder works brilliantly for quantifiable, graphable goals. What about nebulous projects like remodeling your kitchen or finding a therapist? It doesn’t really work for those things. Unless! Unless you find a clever metric to mind. Like the word count in a log of your progress. Here’s what I recommend: Create a... »

Beeminder’s Achilles Heel

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
By dreeves
A bee on a Beeminder graph with a calendar and an initially flat yellow brick road

Beeminder’s Achilles heel is that you need a meta-Beeminder to get yourself to create a Beeminder goal in the first place. (We sometimes call it Beeminder’s bootstrap problem.) Here’s a trick to mitigate that problem: Create a goal as soon as you think of it, but with an initial flat spot of a week or a month or... »

Ice Cream Truck Loopholes

Thursday, December 3, 2020
By dreeves
A bee driving an ice cream truck through a loop of rope

Sometimes Beeminder goals have loopholes, like you could dehydrate yourself to get your datapoint below the bright line on your weight-loss graph (please don’t!). There are plenty of things like that and I probably shouldn’t think too hard about more examples. Sometimes loopholes like that can ruin a goal. But other times, ironically, such loopholes... »

Upside-Down Support

Friday, November 20, 2020
By dreeves
A workerbee making an assembly line of humans do its bidding

By popular demand… (I.e., thank you to our fantabulous community for the impetus to »

Strategy Memo: Beeminder Is For Nerds

Saturday, November 7, 2020
By dreeves
Beeminder logo wearing nerd glasses and a pocket protector

This is crossposted at which is clearly also for nerds! For years we’ve gotten advice to »

Beeminding the Right Thing: A Bookcase Study

Monday, October 26, 2020
By shanaqui
Cookie Monster eating books with titles 'Cookies and StickKs' and 'Cookie and Consequence'

I want to read more books. I already read a lot of books, but I want to read more! It sounds like that should be a simple thing to beemind. Do-more graph, set the rate to however many books I want to read per day/month/year, go! It has turned out... »