How do I interpret the goal page?

There's a lot on the Beeminder goal page, which can be overwhelming when you don't know what it all means!

The top line of the page has the most important information: it tells you how much work you need to do, and by when, in order to avoid derailing on the goal and paying your current pledge. For more information on that (and everything else), check out the labels and links below!

  1. your username/goalname.
  2. the bare minimum amount you need to do to earn one more day of safety buffer!
    • You can click this field to toggle between showing deltas (the additional amount you need to do) and totals (the total amount done you need to reach). For most goals, the delta is the more helpful number to display.
  3. the countdown until your goal next derails.
    • You can also click this field to toggle between showing a countdown view and a specific date/time.
  4. the pledge you currently have on the goal: the amount you will pay if it derails
  5. the (optional) goal description
  6. another reminder of when the goal will next derail, right on the graph image!
  7. your data, graphed on your yellow brick road
  8. another reminder of the pledge you currently have on the goal, right on the graph image!
  9. the data entry box
  10. click Advanced Entry to toggle to text-based data entry, which also allows you to enter multiple datapoints at once
  11. the Commitment tab, where you can make changes to the commitment you've made ( change the goal, reduce your safety buffer, adjust your pledge, or make your derailments no-mercy and/or weaselproofed)
  12. the Stop/Pause tab, where you can put the goal on hold temporarily or permanently
  13. the Data tab, where you can see all your data on the goal. Click the different column headers to change the sort order!
  14. the Statistics tab, where Beeminder calculates a few different views on your progress so far
  15. the Settings tab, where you can find all the other editable features of the goal

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