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Beeminder April

So in the month of April I experimented with Beeminder to keep up with my writing schedule. The goal was to write 3 posts per week (for this blog, and for Lifeinmombasa.com). I have to admit when I first read about the idea I was quite skeptical. Why on Earth would I give these people my credit card number for a pledge to keep track of a habit? Then two things happened; first, I read about how the author of Motivation Hacker Nick Winter pledged 7,000 USD to write the book, and how it worked for him. At the end of the time period, the book was written and no money was taken. Then, I listened to a podcast by College Info Geek where he interviewed the founders and they explained that the idea behind beeminder is that it provided short-term pain for slipping on a long-term goal by taking away the money that you pledged (basically, varying the Delay parameter on your Procrastination equation as discussed in the last post). Also since at first, you can add your goal without adding your credit card information, I thought to myself, why not? Give it a try, and if it doesn’t work, just archive the goal. Apparently, deleting the account is quite a hitch, which could be the catch.

Anyhow, so far, I’ve stayed on the fancy yellow brick line for the whole month of April, and the only reason I’m posting this today is because of the reminder email I received and the red countdown at the top that sent me to a writing frenzy. That shows that so far it has worked for me, and I think it’s a good idea at the beginning of building up a habit to gain momentum.

However, I think now it’s time for me to archive the goal.

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  • Wow, thanks so much for the awesome testimonial! I’m surprised you’re still inclined to archive the goal though. What about just setting it to a really conservative slope so Beeminder will only hassle you if you really fall far behind your intentions for blogging?

    • Hi Daniel. Thanks for the comment. I’m actually archiving it because my May schedule is about to get disrupted due to traveling, but I’ll probably restart it again after my routine returns to normal. Thanks for reading!

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