Goal Settings

In the goal settings menu, you can change things like your goal name, goal description and the name of your units, along with reminders, deadlines, privacy settings and custom goal settings.


The goalname should be a single word that reflects the goal's intent. It's also used in the URL of your goal, so choose wisely! You can change this anytime, but Beeminder will not automatically create redirects — if you've linked to it elsewhere, those links will be dead!

To change the goalname, first type the current goalname in the popup to confirm you understand you'll break links. Then type the new goalname in the text field that appears and hit Enter or press Update Goal below to save the change.

Goal Description

The goal description is an optional, slightly longer way to describe the goal's intent. It appears underneath the countdown on the goal page, as well as underneath the goal name in the dashboard. Most people use this to provide a little more info on goal context, for when the goalname doesn't convey quite enough info. It's a good place to put a note to yourself about what counts, for example!

To change the goal description, type the new one in the text field, or use the pencil icon below the countdown line above the graph image to do the same thing. Hit enter or press Update Goal to save the change.

Goal Units

The goal units is an optional field that describes what you are counting with your goal. If you want to read more, it could be "pages" or "books" or "papers" — whatever you're measuring to satisfy the goal!

You can change the units text anytime by editing the text field, then hit enter or press Update Goal to save the change. If you want to change the unit text and the value (e.g., from minutes to hours), scaling the goal is probably the route you want to take!

Fine Print

The fine print is an optional free-form text field that lets you enter just about anything you want. Some people use it to keep a history of their goal and significant events. Others use it to list special exceptions or conditions, like "any derailment on this goal is not legit if my office called me after 9pm that night." Others use it as a rulebook to keep track of really complicated points systems.

The fine print is private unless you want to make it public, by checking the Make fine print publicly visible box and saving changes.


Beemium users can also select to send 50% of their pledges on a given goal to one of the charities we support: Watsi, Give Directly, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. If you want to enable this option, select which charity you want your pledges to support from the dropdown, and then click Update Goal.

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