Allow for more than one custom do / don't goal
I have two custom 'don't' goals that I'd like to define for the month, but it doesn't seem like that's possible now.
We’re currently working on this and hope to have it ready before the end of 2012. Thank you for your patience and continued support of HealthMonth.com
Hello, What is the status of this idea? I need to set more than one days-per-week custom rule for March (2013) and it doesn't look like I can create a second rule without overwriting the first.
Bero Nizic commented
As Allison said, it would still be useful to have as many custom rules in each category as we want.
I want to have 3 custom X minutes/a day and now I can't do that.
It would still be useful to have as many custom rules in each category as we want.
Matthew Ruten commented
In January I had a "Review anki flashcards at least 6 times/week" rule, which was my custom rule. For Feb I am doing "Limit food intake to an 8-hour window at least 6 days/week" (intermittent fasting), which had to overwrite my Anki rule. (It looks like theres a "study something" I could use for Anki, so that might solve that.)
Another thing I wanted a custom goal for is "Limiting Caffeine", but instead of by cups, by time. So something like "Limit/no caffeine after 1pm".
Hooray! I was so happy to see extra and different Custom Rules slots when I went to pick my rules for next month! Thanks, Buster! And just in time for a new personal growth goal, too.
Yay!!! Many thanks!
Mary Ann H commented
Thanks, Mister Buster!
I would add "work on my (personal project)" rule - for mental health tab, I guess. For me, it would be a novel, for others, it would be lighthouse modelling or game design, or photographing, or beading, or whatever else they're passionate about - just sometimes lack the nudge to actually do it.
I think this could be a great goal tracker (mental health), as well as health (nutrition).
Kate the Great commented
I, too, would really like this!
Buster, do you think you will have this ready for April?
Maybe as a workaround you could change the way that "custom notes to yourself" display? Instead of just having them be a tiny little note on our page, have them replace the actual goal title or be a prominent subtitle? That way us Spoonies (and everyone else) could pick a goal that's CLOSE to what we need, and then modify the title or subtitle to make it clearer/more appropriate for us?
Michele Cox commented
If I move up from three goals, I'm definitely going to want more than one custom "do" goal.
Buster Benson commented
At the moment, I don't think I'm going to make it in by January. It's a little more complicated than it seems, and is just not high enough on the priority list yet. But please let me know how the Spoonies team adapts, and if there is any way for me to perhaps add more specific rules that would be useful for them.
This is listed as "planned" - is there any chance it will be implemented for January? I'm creating a "Spoonies" team which is aimed at people who are chronically ill and disabled and I think this group will (on average) be more likely to want custom rules for themselves as our goals tend to be different to average!
In addition to times for day/week, maybe also hours? Suggestions:
- Insomnia-related rule (that says you should force yourself to bed by a certain hour);
- Internet-addiction (it's mental health problem!) and privacy/over-sharing. For example: a maximum of 1-3 social network entries per week;
- the ability/option to merge the vegetables/fruits rules? because honestly, sometimes i don't have both in the house and i can't afford everything. as long as i'm eating something fresh and healthy...
The current custom rules buttons confuse me. All I know is that if I did a good job that day I should press green and if I didn't I'd press red. It's especially confusing when I set a custom rule that I should only blog a maximum of 3 times per week (this can mean 3 blogs a day per week OR 1 blog entry per day in a week). I currently have one privacy/internet-addiction custom rule: http://healthmonth.com/profile/peppersasen, but I can't even figure out to work with it--I'm worried I'll press the wrong button and lose points over a mistake. :(
Linden C commented
This is a brilliant idea! I do like the idea of turning popular custom goals into pre-defined ones within the game, but multiple custom goals allow people to set multiple personal goals in the meantime.
I'm with Megan on the ability to set multiple exercise goals, too. For well-rounded health, you're ideally supposed to be engaging in strength training, cardio, and flexibility training. It would be nice to set goals for each so you can track. A lot of people have one go-to workout and struggle to meet basic targets for the others and this would help them work their way there.
Say, couldn't you have HealthMonth compile a list of all custom goals, then run some tool that groups first identical, then similar entries together and ranks the groups according to the number of occurrences? I know, I didn't look up any such programs myself either, but there has to be something that does such an analysis, e.g. amongst open-source spell-check algorithms.
This way, you could have a list of suggestions prepared for inclusion amongst the regular, off-the-shelf goals without everybody and their aunt having to petition for their favourite.
Just an idea, thanks for your work - V :D
I have a custom do ("wear my apnea dental appliance") and a custom don't ("don't take the elevator", because my office is reachable by stairs). I would have used more if I could have: walk X number of steps, don't check email more than X times a day, and use neti pot X number of times a week, at least.
Rodney Mitchell commented
I sorta converted my "No Snacks/Seconds/Sweets Except on S Days" custom Don't rule (with 2 indulgences for the S days) to a "Follow the No S Rules" custom Do rule (6x per week to allow 1 fudge day at least for the first month). I think this makes it easier to track. Three separate rules would eat up the free allowance pretty fast but allow for tracking the separate aspects and showing weak spots.