Flexible goal editing with commit button
Motivation: It seems a bit tricky to edit intermediate goals (for example, setting goal too low and then high would create some unrealistic goals (e.g., +100 hours/week). Once a goal is set like this mistakenly, it's hard to change the goal, and it also reduces motivation to some degree.
Suggestion: One possible solution is to allow adjusting goals multiple times before
"committing". This way, I would be able to try changing the goals until I get comfortable with a new goal, but
once I press commit button, then the goal wouldn't be changed (at least
within the next week).
Yonah Sienna commented
This would be so helpful. I'm doing NaNoWriMo right now, and the goal automatically started me at 1666 words per day. But I'm not aiming for the full 50 000 right now, I'm only aiming for 15 000! I tried to change it, but now I have a full week of the wrong slope, and I'm terrified that I'll lose because of it.
I like this. Perhaps set a cap on the length of time before committing, such as the ability to make immediate changes to a goal within the first seven days?
Admindreeves (Cofounder, Beeminder) commented
I like this idea of having free reign to experiment with a goal without having to worry about it getting frozen, and then hitting Commit whenever I'm ready.
Of course to some extent you can view the initial free yellow brick road that way. And you can even approximate this by creating extra dummy goals, though we want to discourage that.
We'll keep thinking about this, and please add more thoughts if you have any.