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The Tao of Bees: How I use Beeminder

Monday, September 11th, 2017
The Tao of Bees: How I use Beeminder

Brennan K. Brown has been using Beeminder for two years this week and is our new favorite user. (Don’t worry, we have a lot of favorite users. Mathematical fun fact: superlativity doesn’t imply uniqueness!) He achieved this coveted status (haha, but it does involve... »

The “I Will” System

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
The “I Will” System

“80% of success is showing up.” — Woody Allen “It should be completely implausible to describe a startup’s CEO as a flake.” — Paul Graham and Jessica Livingston’s heuristic for successful startups “Let your ‘yes’ mean yes, and your ‘no’ mean no. Anything more than this comes... »

The Shirk & Turk Principle

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
The Shirk & Turk Principle

The tagline for Amazon Mechanical Turk is “Artificial Artificial Intelligence”. As in, faking your AI by using humans. Mechanical Turk is named after the contraption in the title image, which was a seeming chess-playing automaton from the late 1700s that was secretly operated by a small human hidden inside. But this post isn’t about Amazon’s nifty service or... »

Walking On Custard

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Walking On Custard

When we were smaller we’d take pains to point out that our guest bloggers weren’t just friends of ours. I mean, they usually are friends of ours, but they’ve generally been Beeminder fans who then became friends. (Turns out hardcore beeminding is a strong predictor for us liking you a lot!) ... »

Nine Greens

Friday, August 7th, 2015
Nine Greens

This is a guest post by Mirabai Knight, who beeminds many aspects of her life, in many creative ways. She’s been a proponent of Beeminder in the popular »

The Seinfeld Hack; or, Don’t Break The Chain

Monday, June 29th, 2015
The Seinfeld Hack; or, Don’t Break The Chain

Connoisseurs of productivity porn, which we’re afraid to say this blog may count as, probably know about the Seinfeld Hack, also known as Don’t Break The Chain. The idea’s so simple (in a good way) that you don’t even need to follow the... »

Triangular Beeminding; Or, Drink Less, Using the Power of Triangles

Friday, February 27th, 2015
Triangular Beeminding; Or, Drink Less, Using the Power of Triangles

One of my vices is that I drink a bit too much. Not to the level where I have a problem, but it would be strictly better if I cut out about 2 or 3 of the drinks I have in a typical week. This seems like an obvious use case for Beeminder. I’ve previously beeminded units of alcohol consumption and concluded that, measured as a total number of units per week, I’m completely... »

Pomodoro Poker

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Pomodoro Poker

Last week Bee talked about Tocks. That’s our neologism for 45-minute pomodoros, as well as our characteristically over-engineered system for minding them. She listed some gamification-y tips for effective tocking and assured everyone that all our other ideas involved money. That of course included beeminding tocks, as discussed last time, and certainly includes... »

Tocks

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Tocks

If you’re reading the Beeminder blog there’s a 95% chance you know about the Pomodoro Technique. The idea is to decide a task, do focused work on it for 25 minutes, and then get up and... »

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... »