Google Calendar Update Helps Users Complete Personal Goals

Google Calendar's new Goals feature was designed to help users find free time to complete personal goals.

Google introduced a new Goals feature in Google Calendar, designed to help users find free time to complete personal goals.

To set a goal on mobile, Google Calendar users can tap the plus sign and tap “goal” to view a list of overall goal subjects, such as “Exercise” or “Build a Skill.” Users can customize a goal by selecting a specific topic within a subject. For instance, users can select “run” or “work out” under the exercise menu, or enter a custom topic.

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From there, users answer questions including “How often?” and “Best time?” Calendar will then analyze their schedule and assign the goal to free periods of time. If users add an event that conflicts with a goal session, the app will automatically reschedule the session. Users can also defer a session, and Calendar will change it to a later time.

In a blog postJyoti Ramnath, product manager at Google, said Calendar will become better at scheduling goals as users engage with the feature:

Calendar actually gets better at scheduling the more you use it—just defer, edit or complete your goals like normal, and Calendar will choose even better times in the future.

Goals are now rolling out to Google Calendar users on iOS and Android.

Readers: What do you think of this new Goals feature in Google Calendar?