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Beeminder ♥ freeCodeCamp

Wednesday, April 27th, 2022
Beeminder ♥ freeCodeCamp

We’re pretty enamored with integrating with learn-to-code tools. Most recently CodeCombat and »

Alliterative Alimentation

Wednesday, April 13th, 2022
Alliterative Alimentation

Want to hear my latest weirdo approach to diet? Probably you do, out of morbid curiosity at least. My goal in concocting this was to implement something a bit like intermittent fasting as a weight management strategy, and also to nudge my eating in a healthier direction. Also I like alliteration. More to the point, I really thrive on... »

Backlog Freshening For Humans

Thursday, March 31st, 2022
Backlog Freshening For Humans

This is a sequel to the previous post on Backlog Freshening. It’s been gratifying to hear testimonials from you all about how valuable you’ve found this — for tasks in TaskWarrior, songs in one’s piano... »

Backlog Freshening

Friday, March 18th, 2022
Backlog Freshening

Last time we talked about the control systems approach to backlogs. Quick recap: make a manual do-more goal where you add a +1 for completing something and keep adjusting the slope of the bright red line such that the backlog keeps steadily shrinking. This works not just for clearing a backlog but for winning the red queen race — dispatching things at roughly the rate they're coming in at and preventing another backlog from accumulating.... »

Control Systems For Backlogs

Saturday, March 5th, 2022
Control Systems For Backlogs

Saying “control system” makes this sound fancier than it is. We mean it in the simplest sense, like how your thermostat is a control system. The temperature dropping makes your heater turn on, which makes the temperature rise, which makes your heater turn off. Slightly fancier is if the heater dials itself up gradually... »

Death To Weaselproofing; Announcing No-Excuses Mode

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022
Death To Weaselproofing; Announcing No-Excuses Mode

Previously on the blog, we pitched a particular framing of Beeminder in which paying is not punishment. People seem into it! Which is good because it was setting the stage for this announcement: We’ve killed the old »

Paying Is Not Punishment

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022
Paying Is Not Punishment

UPDATE: See follow-up post announcing No-Excuses Mode. An under-appreciated fact about Beeminder is that it doesn’t force you to do anything. It just puts prices on things and you continue to do whatever you feel like doing, factoring in those prices. Just like you might buy... »

The Bright Red Staircase

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022
The Bright Red Staircase

This is still pie-in-the-sky philosophical navel-gazing but it makes me very happy. Not just because I love pie-in-the-sky philosophical navel-gazing (we could say Product Vision if we wanted to sound more respectable) but because a couple years ago this sounded preposterously theoretical and fantastical and now it sounds inevitable and kind of obvious. We are making steady progress... »

Beeminder ♥ Focusmate

Monday, December 27th, 2021
Beeminder ♥ Focusmate

Announcement! Beeminder and Focusmate are officially integration partners! Beeminder’s Support Czar, Nicky, is here to tell you about it! See also the announcement on Focusmate’s blog as well as the ... »

Book Review: How To Change

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021
Book Review: How To Change

Earlier this year we completed a lovely Beeminder book club to read behavioral scientist Katy Milkman’s new book, »