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Beeminder cleverly combines self-tracking and monetary incentives to help you stick to your goals. You pledge (actual money) to keep all your data points on a Yellow Brick Road to your goal and if you go off track, you pay your pledge.
WHO IS BEEMINDER FOR?
Here's the way to find out if Beeminder could be useful for you: Is there anything you know you should do, you really do want to do, you know for certain you can do, yet that historically you don't do? (Also, are you a nerdy, lifehacking data freak?) If yes, you should try it!
WHAT CAN BEEMINDER TRACK?
Anything you can quantify and graph! Here are some goals that our users have been minding:
o Hitting 145 pounds by December 31
o Reducing credit card balance to zero by January
o Blogging twice a month
o Getting rid of 100 possessions in the next year
o Being able to do 50 pushups by September 22
o Eating, on average, 5 servings of fruit/vegetables per day
o Practicing guitar 7 hours per week
o Staying at or below 148 pounds
o Doing 45 minutes of resistance training per week
o Biking 1956 miles in 2011 (until odometer hits 5000)
o Spending 40 hours a week building Beeminder (we eat our own dog food!)
o Biking 50 miles per week leading up to the NYC Century
o Reading Ulysses by December 15
o Clearing out 1 email per day till inbox is at 25 messages
o Getting in bed by 10pm at least 5 nights a week
o Calling or writing to at least one person per day
o Reviewing 10 Anki cards per day
o Flossing at least every other day
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT BEEMINDER?
"Without Beeminder, I'd still be fooling myself that I'm on track because 'it'll all come off again tomorrow.'"
— Bernie, beeminder.com/bernie87fl
"Is the value worth the pledges? Absolutely. Actually they're really cheap pledges considering how much data you get out of one pledge if you stick to it a fair amount of time... I really like the tool; the psychology of it is exactly right: a couple of accountable failures to get you good and mad at yourself. It works. I've used less refined versions of this method before. Plus I really like all the visual information in the graphs."
— Wanja Mbaya, beeminder.com/krikiri
"To be honest, I don't mind pledging to you when I unfreeze the exercise goal. While I hope to make all my goals without going off the road, going off the road a few times isn't a complete disincentive for me because I plan to pay you something anyways for all the useful tools you have provided!"
"I'm really happy that Beeminder exists. It's had a significant positive effect on my behavior. I wish I'd started using it years ago."
— Michael Keenan, beeminder.com/michaelkeenan
"I am a physics student and used Beeminder throughout November to see if it made a difference. I actually felt it did as I was using it to secure a minimum amount of hours per week on average. Spreading your effort out evenly over the whole semester is crucial and I've found it to be an excellent tool for students as well."
— Gandalf Saxe
"I LOVE this service. I started with one graph to help me begin running and stick to it. It worked so well that I started another to keep me on track of no sweets and junk for 6 days of the week. This took me a few minutes to figure out how to make it quantifiable, but after I did, it has been the BEST inspiration for me. ... The week lag in changing my graph means that I can never justify [just that one candy] at the moment, and therefore stay on track."
— Jessica Wainman, beeminder.com/jessicaw
"I'll be using Beeminder to fade bad habits and build good ones probably for the rest of my life, I figure. ... I'm just completely in love with this software. I hope for my sake that I never have to give you money, but if I do, it'll be with a glad and grateful heart!"
— Mirabai Knight, beeminder.com/nepomuk
For more on the philosophy behind Beeminder, google Akrasia and Self-Binding.
The Beeminder Android app was designed and built by Uluç Saranlı.
Tags: beeminder widget, beeminder.
- New: Tasker integration with timer start/stop and point submission
- New: TagTime integration for time tracking
- New: Point deletion through intents
- Fix: Cleaned up strings and rare crashes
- Fix: Font size problems in goal gallery
- Fix: Speeded up sync
- New: Google analytics integration (no personal information collected)
- New: Timer entry method with notifications
- New: Immediate update of changed datapoints
- New: GCM integration and push syncing