Thanks so much to all the new folks checking out Beeminder, and to Pact for endorsing us. And we're really sorry to learn that they're shutting down.
This page has some ideas for how to get started with Beeminder! To get a better understanding of the differences between Pact and Beeminder check out our blog post, “Beeminder: Like Pact Except All We Do Is Take Your Money”.
Here's a sample steps goal, averaging 7500 steps per day. (Click the graph to see the goal page.)
Here's a sample workout goal, from our CTO, making sure she works out 3 days a week.
Pact had some rules about how long a run had to last, or how far you had to go to count. With Beeminder you get to decide what counts. You can set up your goal to run a certain number of times per week, or you can target a specific mileage, or an amount of time.
Here's a sample running goal from our CTO, Bee, making sure she runs 5 miles per week. (She doesn't like running very much.)
You're on your own for deciding what counts as veggies here. We've got no automatic ways to track this. If you know you're inclined toward weaselly behavior when it comes to eating your veggies, you can weaselproof yourself on your goal, which mainly means we'll give you a hard time and ask for independent verification of your excuses if you tell us a derailment was not legit.
Here's a sample fruits and veggies goal from Alys, one of the people behind firstname.lastname@example.org, committing her to eat 7 servings of veggies per week. You can read all about it in the excellent blog post she wrote about it!
Some of the most popular goal types on Beeminder aren't fitness related at all, but are productivity goals. People have used Beeminder to help them finish their PhDs, or write books. We're pretty impressed with the creative uses our users have come up with for Beeminder!
RescueTime is a program you install on your computer and / or phone and it keeps track of how you are spending your time and gives you reports about what programs and websites you use most. They also assign a productivity score (from "very distracting" to "very productive") to every activity and calculate a total productivity score for you each day.
You can authorize Beeminder to read your RescueTime data and then set up either "Do More" goals to do more of the productive things, or "Do Less" goals to limit how much time you spend on "distracting" things. (You can also adjust in RescueTime which things count as distracting and productive, because they might get it wrong sometimes.)
Here's a sample of our CEO, Danny, limiting his Facebook usage with RescueTime.
Duolingo and Skritter are popular websites for learning languages. Beeminder can automatically track your progress on either, so you can commit to regularly studying your language. Regularity is one of the keys to success with language learning.
We've got an active community of super helpful folks, and someone may have already discussed your very problem. And if they haven't they'll probably be eager to talk about it.
We're friendly, and a real human responds to your email, almost always within 24 hours, and usually a lot faster.