My goal doesn't make any sense!

Sometimes you can accidentally back yourself into an impossible or nonsensical situation on a Beeminder goal.  

A common example is  Gmail goals: a negative rate without a correct end date or value set will eventually mean that you need to have a negative number of emails in your inbox.  Obviously, this is not possible.  Or maybe you created a weight goal and typoed the start value, and now you need to lose 10 pounds in a single day to avoid derailing.

If it's a brand new goal and you can see the problem, it's easiest to  delete the goal and recreate it.  If you're still having the problem after a second try, contact support to explain the problem and we'll fix it up as best we can.  

If it's an existing goal, you might not be able to fix it (due to the  akrasia horizon) before you get stung.  Contact support if so and we'll take care of it for you.

If you're a do-it-yourself type fiddling around with a goal when something weird happens, here's a few things to try to identify/undo the problem:

  • If you see a weird amount due (e.g., +40 hours in 1 day), check the HH:MM setting.  This setting only makes sense for goals with unit hours; it will show strange, inaccurate baremins for other units.
  • You might also need to click on the baremin field to toggle it between delta and total (see part b here), if we're telling you something like "640 total pushups due in 2 days."  More likely it's actually just +20!
  • Check for upcoming breaks (or use the road editor) to see if there are forgotten or unexpected rate changes at play.
  • Load and sort all the goal's data by date and/or value to find accidentally-input outliers that may send a graph haywire.

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