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 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 of our article on interpreting the goal page), 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.