Do More goals
Do More goals are the simplest, most straightforward, and most common goal type. Chances are high that whatever you want to beemind, you can do it with a Do More!
When should I use a Do More?
They're for things you want to do more of than you would otherwise do if left to your own devices. Common examples: going to the gym, brushing and flossing your teeth, studying for exams, working on your side hustle, saving money, eating your vegetables, crossing items off your to-do list, calling your mom, cleaning your house, doing pushups, eating home-cooked meals, applying for jobs, doing your 10000 daily steps, going to bed before midnight...
Just about anything works as a Do More, if you enter the data the right way! If you never want to do some particular thing you could use a Do Less goal. But you could also think about it in terms of how many days a week you want to go without doing the thing! Meaning you can Do More of those thing-free days. For instance, if you never want to eat processed sugar, you can set up a graph with a rate of 1/day. Every day you meet your goal of not eating processed sugar, you can add a +1.
How should I enter data for a Do More?
Beeminder needs to know how much you did that day toward your goal. Behind the scenes, it adds up all your datapoints to show you how much you've done since starting the goal.
Let's say I have a goal to read more books, and I commit to 100 pages per week. I read 20 pages today, I submit a 20 to my graph. Tomorrow, when I read 30 pages, I'll submit 30 to my graph. The next day, I only read 5, so I submit a 5. And so on.
After those three points have been submitted, the graph will look like this:
I'm above my bright red line — doing better than my goal rate! Cool. And Beeminder's keeping a running total of all my progress for me, so I know I've read 55 total pages since starting my goal.
I'm going on vacation and won't be working on my Do More goal. How can I pause it temporarily?
This is super easy to do on a Do More! Using the Take a Break feature in the Stop/Pause tab below the graph, first pick the dates that you'll be away, then set the break rate to 0. This will make your bright red line flat during that time, so you don't have to make any progress until it starts sloping up again.
Sample Do More goal creation
In this example, I want to create a goal to visit the gym at least 4 times per week.
- Head to create a new goal (also accessible through the New Goal link in the top menu).
- Click the + icon to start a new manual entry goal.
- Select Do More as your goal type (because you want to Do More gym visits).
- Enter the units you want to use and the amount you want to commit to. In this example, I'm aiming to visit my gym 5 times per week.
If you want to delay your goal's start a few days (maybe you're traveling this weekend), be sure to tick the "Start this goal with extra leeway" box. Enter the number of days you want to delay and press Continue.
- Give your goal a brief name. If you want, you can also write a short description with more information.
- Finally, choose your initial pledge. This is the amount you will pay the first time you derail on the goal. After derailing, the pledge will increase by default — use the checkbox and +/- stepper below to control how high it goes. In the example below, I have chosen to start at a $5 pledge, which will increase each time I derail, until it reaches $30 — the pledge cap. (To read more about pledges and payments, check out our payment FAQs!)
- And now my goal is ready to go! I'll need to go to the gym and add my first 1 in the next 4 days to avoid paying Beeminder my first $5!