Why would I want to use Beeminder and TaskRatchet together?
Beeminder is all about continuous progress (and charging you if you go off track), while TaskRatchet takes a very similar concept and applies it to one-off tasks. You can combine the two to ensure you use TaskRatchet consistently and regularly set tasks and deadlines on TaskRatchet, or to monitor how many tasks you complete on TaskRatchet.
How do I set up a goal with TaskRatchet?
You'll need to start by setting up a Do More goal, or choose an existing Beeminder goal you'd like to post data to.
Then you need to log into your TaskRatchet account, and go to your account settings. You can link up with your Beeminder account from there. If you just want to add a +1 for every task you create in TaskRatchet, you can just type in the name of the goal you want to post datapoints to there in your account settings.
Check out TaskRatchet's documentation for more information about how things work on their end!
What gets added to my goal?
The simplest way to use it is so that for each task you add to TaskRatchet, +1 gets added to the specified Beeminder goal.
Can I set it so it only adds to my goal when I've completed a task?
Yep! This needs to be done on a task by task basis, though.
When creating a task on TaskRatchet, you can also specify in the task that it should be added to a specific goal only when completed, by adding an asterisk and the goal's name to the task description. For instance, if I wanted to add a +1 to a goal called "todo" for each time I complete a task on TaskRatchet, I can name the task on TaskRatchet accordingly:
Most important task: write Help Doc about TaskRatchet *todo
Once I check that task off on TaskRatchet (and only then), it will add a +1 to my goal called "todo".
Can I add a datapoint to Beeminder when I create goals relating to a specific project?
Yep! When creating the goal, just include the name of the goal with an ampersand. For instance, if you want to add a +1 to a goal called "dissertation" when you create a task on TaskRatchet that relates to your dissertation, name it as follows on TaskRatchet:
Most important task: 500 words today or bust &dissertation
And that will add a +1 to my dissertation goal as soon as the goal is created.
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