I've spent the first month and a half on Beeminder, and have fallen utterly in love with it.
I'm pretty obedient when it comes to myself. I usually don't have that many problems stopping or beginning habits. The hard part is remembering that I've decided on something. Beeminder does amazing work in reminding me about stuff. Vacuuming when reminded or going to bed early mostly really simple, when you remember to plan for it a bit and just happen to do it.
Even though all the boasting in the last chapter, I've had huge trouble keeping up small habits. Taking vitamins is my favourite example. I've never ever managed to keep on taking vitamins for more than a couple of days, as it's so simple and effortless and doesn't have any immediately noticeable benefits.
Now I've managed to take my vitamins for a week running. This might be a personal best. With a Beeminder goal about this, I can be reasonably certain, that I'm going also going to keep it up.
I didn't fail a goal during the first month and have added a bunch of new goals along the way. I realized that you can actually share Beeminder-goals publicly so I'm going to do that. You can see what's in the orange and what in green.
Still, the new stuff that I'm tracking:
- Write Dream Journal at least 4 times a week (if there's no dreams at all, writing that will be enough)
- Eat your vitamins daily!
- Do a reality check at least 5 times a day
- Drink at least two extra glasses of water per day (can track maximum of 2 glasses per day)
Needless to say, I'll be keeping using Beeminder. I wonder if there's a sensible maximum of stuff you can keep track off using Beeminder. I could slap in some 5 new goals immediately, but I wonder if the amount gets unbearable or counterproductive at some point. Hasn't done that yet, but I can easily imagine that it could happen. Maybe I'll even check Beeminder's blog and see if there's any discussions about this there.
Even though I've been so adamant that I don't really know if there are changes or if something is working, something seems to be working. I'm ridiculously happy and energetic constantly and get a lot of stuff done.
Which is, of course, nice.