Google Calendar, the default choice for millions of Google users, turns 10 this year and to celebrate Google has rolled out a new feature called Goals.
Calendar’s Goals uses machine learning principles to help you achieve targets. For now, the tech giant has started with goals related to hobbies, skill-building and fitness routines such as yoga, cycling and running. Users only have to make minor selection in a Goals wizard to set their Goal and add them to the calendar immediately.
Goals are automated such that if you choose to do yoga thrice a week, it will auto-populate the days and keep adjusting according to when you defer and on which days you are regular. So over time, your goals adjust to your daily schedule. If you have urgent meeting which clashes with a run, just hit Defer to push it to the next open slot, when Google will remind you again.
Check out this video on Goals in Google Calendar for more details and how it works.
Google says, “To set a goal (like “Work out more”), simply answer a few questions (like “How often?” and “Best time?”), and you’re all set. From there Calendar will look at your schedule and find the best windows to pencil in time for that goal.”
And about that machine learning part? “Finally, 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,” the Google blog says.