I mostly love this but I think I'd like the simpler version -- beemind
15 minutes of cleaning per day -- even better. In the akratic steady
state (always skating the edge) that also results in exactly 15
minutes each day. And it's a more meaningful graph -- you see total
minutes of cleaning, which might be useful to decide about
outsourcing. Or just be interesting.
(Pro-tip: Beemind hours of cleaning because you can still enter "0:15"
or "0:20" which gets translated as .25 or .3333. That makes it
compatible with the built-in timer in the Beeminder Android app as
well. Super-pro-tip: You can convert an existing goal from minutes to
hours by rescaling everything by 1/60 in Terrifyingly Advanced
Anyway, why I think the simple version is at least as good as your
1. You can retroratchet (or autoratchet if premium) to avoid rewarding
2. Reward for hitting a Totally Clean state: I'd say just dial down
the road if that can ever happen, since I anticipate diminishing
returns on cleaning effort anyway. But I'm a slob so don't listen to
me. You could also just have projects in reserve like finding things
to donate that could count towards the goal if the house is ever
already Totally Clean.
3. How could a "15 minutes/day" goal ever require more than 15 minutes
in a single day? I don't think that can happen!
4. Is it hard to remember to schedule a break for vacations? We want
that to be super easy, and we think it's good for the graph to reflect
reality in that way.
I hate to discourage creative beeminding though. I'm just hung up on
the Quantified Self aspect of it.
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