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Startup: Beeminder.com

Blog: MessyMatters.com

Homepage: Dreev.es

Twitter.com/dreev

Favorite programming language: Mathematica

Random fact: Dreeves is an ultra-marathon inline skater


Sep
11
awarded  Commentator
Sep
11
comment How to handle disturbances to “don't-break-the-chain”?
It totally does prevent that! You can build up a safety buffer and then coast for a while, but not the other way around. As for throwing money at the problem, if you're sufficiently motivated to avoid throwing money at the problem then Beeminder may be perfect! It only charges you if you go off track. :)
Sep
10
answered How to handle disturbances to “don't-break-the-chain”?
Mar
5
answered How to make a one-year study plan for a difficult exam and remain motivated throughout?
Jan
28
comment How do I motivate myself to work on my projects when achieving average levels of success?
I'll turn this into a proper answer if y'all think it's worthwhile but holy cow, Beeminder is perfect for this. Here's an article I wrote about using Beeminder to gradually make Beeminder itself a great success by making 1000 user-visible improvements to it in 1000 days: messymatters.com/uvi
Jan
28
comment how to stick to something
Highly biased response here but Beeminder brilliantly incorporates all 3 of your suggestions. Even #1 if you're willing to pay for that as a premium feature (Beeminder's Beekeeper program at $200/month), but I think normally the graphs and reminders and the monetary commitment device suffice.
Dec
30
revised How can I achieve my New Years resolutions?
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Dec
13
revised How can I achieve my New Years resolutions?
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Nov
27
awarded  Yearling
Nov
12
answered Email delegation/procrastination on the desktop
Oct
29
answered How to keep self promises unbreakable for long time?
Jul
17
answered issues in self discipline when it comes to writing
May
14
answered I don't want to study. I don't want to think. I want to have fun
May
9
answered How can I control my unproductive Internet addiction?
Feb
5
revised Trying to achieve inbox zero in Gmail
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Feb
5
answered Trying to achieve inbox zero in Gmail
Dec
18
answered App to track activities and progress on them
Nov
27
awarded  Yearling
Nov
15
comment Why am I wired to be motivated to go to work everyday and not motivated to do other things?
Good answer! beeminder.com tries to harness some of these principles.
Nov
8
comment What is the most radical productivity technique that you successfully use?
IMHO Beeminder is really good about being flexible but not too flexible. One way it does that is by letting you build up a safety buffer, "getting ahead of the yellow brick road," in Beeminderspeak.