How do I interpret the graph?

Your graph is the representation of all your progress thus far on your Beeminder goal.  Though you can use Beeminder without understanding or relying on the graph, we think they're super interesting and add a ton of value and motivation to help you achieve your goals!

The yellow brick road is the line Beeminder draws to your final goal date/rate/value.  You can change your final goal anytime, but those changes won't take effect until 7 days after you make them.

Every time you enter data to your Beeminder goal, you create or modify a datapoint on the graph.  Each datapoint is green, blue, orange, or red, depending on where it falls in relation to the yellow brick road:

  • Green datapoints are great — you're way ahead of schedule on your goal!  
  • Blue datapoints are on track — you're in the "good lane" of the road, achieving your goal at the rate you've chosen.
  • Orange datapoints are on track, but you're in the "bad lane" of the road — you've fallen slightly below your goal rate.  The following day will be an emergency day, and you'll need to get back onto the road to avoid derailing!
  • Red datapoints are not on track!  If you end the day with a red datapoint, you will derail on your goal.

(There are some exceptions to the rules above for certain combinations of goal settings, but the above is the guideline you should use.)

You can adjust the range shown on the graph in your goal settings.  This is useful if you ever want to hide an earlier portion of the graph, or if you want to temporarily zoom in on one section for a closer look!  

The graph also includes the current pledge and a short indicator of when the goal next derails in two of its corners.  

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