Goal Tracking with Beeminder 

Beeminder logo

Looking around for a to do app, I decided to use one called Beeminder.

It’s really a goal tracking website and smartphone app “with a sting” as they say. If you don’t meet your goals, you have to pay Beeminder.  You set your daily or weekly goal in numbers, and the site projects what it looks like if you met your goals on a line graph. This projected data is your “Yellow Brick Road.” Stay on the road and you never have to pay. (By default, as of this writing, payment starts at $0 and increases exponentially.  You can set it to stop at a certain amount if you don’t want it to increase that much.)

I like it a lot so far! It seems to combine SMART goals and “don’t break the chain” goal tracking. Beeminder has a blog post from a few years ago explaining SMART goals here.) When I used “don’t break the chain” tracking, it ended up not being motivating for me. “I only checked off two days out of five of my daily goal, I guess I’ll stop.” With Beeminder, the data is now on a graph going up. I’m very motivated to keep my graph moving up and do a small part toward my goals every day!

So far Beeminder is helping me stick to my blogging goals: two posts a month, and stick to reading books I want to review.

P.S. If you’re interested in the visual Don’t Break the Chain method instead of data-centered Beeminder, I used Karen Kavett’s calendar.

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Blog Goals Mid-2015

I realized recently my goal for this blog was “Post a review every week.” That was much too ambitious for me to try to do. I found myself trying to read 5 books at once, which I’ve never been good at.
Then I couldn’t concentrate on any one book in order to analyze it. Looking at the reviews I’ve already posted, I thought “That’s not long enough” and “Well, what about that character I only briefly mentioned?” I need to take better notes! ( I use Overdrive for ebooks, but it doesn’t have a notes feature and/or highlighting. Any suggestions for another library ebook app?)

My goals going forward are:

  • Bimonthly reviews, on Fridays.
  • Monthly-ish feature: Book and a Movie, inspired by John and Hank Green’s Read It First. This is a review of a book that became a movie. That includes classic movies, like Rebecca
    for example, as well as recent and upcoming movies. If I’ve seen the movie, I’ll compare the two. This still uses the genres from my About page.
  • Fitness feature: I want to track my fitness goals for #FitReaders or Readers’ Workouts. Both are weekly.
  • A weekly feature/meme for another weekday. I’ve been going through lists of blogging memes to find one I want to do. Right now the ones I like are: Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish or Booking Through Thursday. Tuesday seems like a good meme day to me.

Two to three reviews per month should give me more time to analyze the book and have more thorough reviews. Then I have to organize and plan reviews and the midweek meme in advance, basic blogging things. Thanks to Bloggiesta and Parajunkee for the blogging tips!