Find creative ways to connect myriad apps to Beeminder with IFTTT.
IFTTT gives you creative control over the apps you use daily by
letting them talk to each other for you. You set up an Applet that
runs automatically in the background. When a Triggering event
happens in one app, IFTTT runs your Applet creating a corresponding
Action in another app.
Beeminder is a Quantified Self tool for tracking your progress
toward goals. Well, that's half of it. The other half is that you
hard-commit to staying on track toward those goals by pledging actual
money. We make pretty (nerdy) graphs plotting your progress along a
Yellow Brick Road which you customize as you go. But whenever you
fall behind then you pay us the money you pledged.
If you'd like more details, you can
read our blog post.
You can see
all of our Applets
Here are just a few of the things that Beeminder users
are minding with IFTTT's help.
I use IFTTT to add (kilo)meters biked to my biking goal after every Strava activity.
To update Beeminder goals for number of tweets per week and Facebook posts.
To keep my Pocket to-read list under control. Every new pocket article: -1, every archived: +1, need to read 3/week.
I use the IFTTT “Do Button” app to record my water consumption, and brushing my teeth.
Trigger a +1 to a Beeminder graph when I mark a book as read on Goodreads.
I set a geofence around my gym’s parking lot using the IFTTT Location service, and once I enter this geofence, it posts to my Beeminder gym goal.
I use IFTTT and Alexa to log to Beeminder that I have taken my daily medication.
I track going to my classes every day with an IFTTT goal which triggers whenever my phone gps enters a circle around campus.
I can one-tap a shortcut on the Apple Watch and add a datapoint! It’s awesome! For example, I will tap the “Break Fast” workflow, and it’ll just take the current time and feed it to my Beeminder goal where I track how long I fast, through IFTTT, as that day’s datapoint.
Create a reminder in iOS reminders when it’s a beemergency day, so that it’s right there with my to-do’s for the day, where I’ll see it.
I’ve used the “when there’s a zeno alert” trigger for certain goals to turn my Hue lights red, so that I don’t forget that goal’s Beemergency.
I use it to automatically record a data point every time I publish a blog post
Record a data point every time I upload a video to YouTube (to sate the family appetite for cute videos of progeny)
Sleep In = Beeminder Sting.
I use it to count pomodoros, which I time using a Particle Button that I programmed to count up and flash pretty colors for breaks and so forth; it also publishes data points which get logged to a Google Sheet and generate data points via IFTTT.
I use it to automatically record a data point every time I call my grandmother.
Alexa skill to add datapoints to my exercise goal hands freee!
Location-based going to the library on average at least every two weeks but auto-trimmed to three weeks (which would keep the books returned on time).
- I have a goal fed by 2 IFTTT applets: one which logs a datapoint if I upload an activity to Strava, and one which logs a datapoint when my phone connects to my gym’s wifi. I have the aggday set to nonzero so I only ever count one “workout session” per day.
- My most beloved IFTTT recipe is the Beeminder => Beeminder one that adds a datapoint to my “weighin” goal every day.
- I send myself a random cute cat gif whenever I get more than 2 safe days on my pullups goal.
Already started your Beeminder goal?
If you've already got a Beeminder goal set up that you've been adding
data to manually, you might be able to turn on an IFTTT Applet
to collect your data for you automatically!
The full list can be found on
our IFTTT channel.