I've used Beeminder for weight loss, exercise, time management, and job hunt goals. It brings an immediate discipline to all of these and keeps me from lying to myself that it's OK to let today slide, because I'll do better tomorrow. And, the team is very responsive, building out phone apps and APIs for integration with other quantified-self type websites. I've tried a boat load of these tools / sites, and Beeminder is among the very best!
I've just completed a mammoth goal — getting my credit card from $18850 to zero in about seven months. It was not easy, but it would have been impossible without Beeminder being there for me. Thank you.
Absolutely fantastic! I've achieved Inbox Zero for the first time in about a year and a half, which was such a huge relief I can't even tell you. Today I set up an exercise goal. I'm letting it be flat for a few weeks to get a baseline, but then I'm going to amp it up to three times a week. I find all the graphs and simple data entry and multiple perspectives on my trajectory just ridiculously reinforcing.
These last 66 days -- of consistently beating my 1.25 lb/wk goals -- are the best weight-loss experience of my life, and the most functional thinking and learning about the process ever. Thank you, Beeminder. Melanie's tips have been great, but most useful is the huge amount of accessible information about me and my eating displayed in the data.
Without Beeminder, I'd still be fooling myself that I'm on track because 'it'll all come off again tomorrow.'
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.
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.
Gladly pledging $10 to stay on my yellow brick road. I don't intend to ever drive off the road (doesn't every akratic think that? ;) and even if I ever do, Beeminder does deserve more than ten dollars!
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.
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!
I've only been using Beeminder for less than 2 months, but I am extremely enthusiastic about it. ... (1) I am losing weight!! (2) I am acquiring useful knowledge about why I generally find it hard to lose weight. (I've used the Hacker's Diet in the past with mixed results.) (3) Every day, I ponder additional areas of my life in which I might be able to use Beeminder to improve the quality of my life. Perhaps I ought to make a Beeminder to set at least one new Beeminder goal in the next week... Hmmm... *stroking beard*
This system has really helped me to stick to my goals. I tried StickK but it didn't work for me. It was too rigid and too long term. This is day to day, but I can't change what I do today. I love that. It really makes me stick to my goals.
I've been using Beeminder for a few months now and I am extremely happy with the experience and results. I've been able to keep a fairly constant exercise rate, something I had tried several times before and was unable to accomplish.
I have also ... been able to complete several tasks that were waiting forever to be done. Because these are so boring, I've lost twice, but now that I have raised the stakes I'm pretty sure I'll keep doing them ;)
Before Beeminder, I only knew how to program computers and climb trees. I used Beeminder to finally learn Chinese, write a book, get in shape, build my business, create a personal website, start flossing, and learn to longboard! And twenty other things! I even used it to marry my wife. Thanks, Beeminder!
I currently use Beeminder for all kinds of goals and I am pledging real money on most of them. This way I keep motivated. Also, it feels like a game: you have to do this by midnight or you lose! Congrats to Daniel and Bethany for building such a wonderful tool!
I *LOVE* graphs and statistics and trendlines... but I find Excel not fine-tuned enough. Beeminder's method is brilliant for handling fluctuating entities (like money and adipose tissue) and seeing actual progress in real-time, rather than waiting for weeks of data in Excel only to see you were barking up the wrong tree in hindsight.
When setting out most goals, I rage-quit at the first inevitable setback or extended struggle: usually within three weeks. Viewing Beeminder's charts reassure me that progress *IS* being made, even though I can't immediately detect the results. I'm then encouraged to stick to my goal and adapt with new strategies, instead of throwing down the bat and storming home to sulk again. Beeminder holds my hand through the scary bits.
After using Beeminder for 100 days, I have to say this is the first device I have found to keep me on track of accomplishing my goals. I now can make decisions whether to do something or not based on data not just from my gut -- take a look at any of my goals, and you will get the idea.
I love your site, and what you are doing is something that can really help a lot of people. I think I've spent more time meditating on my own in the last week than in my entire life, and you guys are a big part of that. Thank you!
I've been using this for a while now to ensure I find time for meditation and reading each day. It works splendidly -- I'm still a serial procrastinator but those goals I "beemind" always get done. In fact it is a little scary how well it works.
— Robbie Clarken
I really like the idea of not having it as an all-or-nothing battle like it is with HabitForge or Don't Break The Chain. I've done those frequently in the past, and when you slip up, it feels like you've completely lost, and should just give in. The idea of maintaining a certain average over a period of time is much more appealing (and I think motivating).
The impact Beeminder has is that it forces us to become very honest about the commitment we have to our goals. ... I'm definitely an enthusiast on Beeminder and have found it become part of my daily process! Great site.
I'm really amazed by how well Beeminder works. Well done!
Apart from staying up late, I've definitely improved my habits since I started using Beeminder.
I'm really enjoying beeminder so far. It's probably the single best productivity tool I've ever encountered, and has substantially changed my general life-flow for the better over the last couple months. I've found that the biggest thing is that when I know I've done enough for the day, I can enjoy myself without worrying that I should be doing more work to stay on track. So it's not only good for fighting akrasia, but also for relieving unwarranted anti-akrasia anxiety. It allows you to relax when you should relax, and worry only when you should worry.
I have got to say that this graph idea is unbelievably effective. I cannot believe that I read through all the books once in the timeframe I set out a month and half ago. If I pass my exam in June I'll have to attribute half of the success to having this graph which helps me track my progress and keeps me motivated.
I wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying using the Beeminder system. I love the daily bot reminders, and watching my graph. It keeps me very engaged and focused on my goal.
I do love having that safety buffer... it makes me feel like I could go hog-wild tonight and smoke like a fiend and still be on track for my quit goal. Love it!
I had an awesome experience using Beeminder for my goal, which was simply to eat only what I planned every day. It's an intention I always have, but rarely make it past 3pm with.
I just have to say thanks for a great tool for managing my akrasia! It is too early to say that the effects will last long-term, but Beeminder has genuinely given me a boost towards doing the things I want-to-do-but-keep-putting-aside-just-for-the-moment in a way that nothing else has for a long time. It has also made very clear which things I want to do but put off (on which activity is rapidly diverging from the yellow brick road in a positive direction) and the things I don't want to do but have to (which are still in the safe zone, but are not running away from the yellow brick road at all...).
I love your program -- it's helping! ... I've been showing people my beeminder lately because I like it so much.
Beeminder is the coolest. Ever since I started my weight loss graph, I have checked in every day because it reminds me to. I love seeing the graph dots go down and I think about staying on the yellow brick road throughout my day. People are starting to notice my clothes getting looser and I have to thank Beeminder because it keeps me on track. I highly recommend trying it for yourself for any of your goals. It's a great help. These Beeminder.com creators are geniuses.
Beeminder is HUGELY motivating. This past week has been a struggle, but I don't mind -- I feel like I am playing some kind of balls-out sports match against myself.
BTW, if I DO fail, I don't begrudge the $30. After all, if there's no possibility of failure, there's no 'sting', right?
By using Beeminder, I've gained a quite concrete appreciation for Hofstadter's law -- it's like the gap between my expectation and reality has been quantified, which is humbling but also refreshing, in that the better we can set our expectations in line with reality, the less we'll constantly feel overwhelmed by simultaneously doing too much and 'not doing enough'.
I have been able to recreate some pretty healthy habits thanks to you. ... Beeminder is/has been helping tremendously in a lot of different areas.
The Beeminder tool provides a wonderful way for people to focus on their overall successes without being dragged down by occasional bumps in the road (and the email bot is a very convenient way to record data and an excellent daily reminder/motivator as well).
I'm LOVING beeminder and it is giving me the best weight loss and maintenance results ever. Thank you so much.
I would like to thank you for your amazing work on a tool that I use every day.
I am loving using Beeminder and it's been a great help getting me on track with several things. So thanks! ... You guys are awesome.