Google Calendar celebrates 10th birthday with new goals feature

Reminders on Google Calendar.

Google Calendar turns 10 years old today. To celebrate, Google has added a new goals feature to the service.

As its name implies, the new feature lets you set a personal goal in Google Calendar, which then does the dirty work of finding time in your schedule so that you can hit your objective. While Goals is available in all countries and languages where Google Calendar works, it is mobile-only, a Google spokesperson tells me, so you’ll need to update your Android or iOS app accordingly from Google Play or Apple’s App Store.

To set a goal (it can be anything that occurs regularly), you’ll have to answer two important questions: “how often?” and “best time?”. Google Calendar does the rest: It will find the best windows to pencil in time for your new goal.

The best part is that your goals will automatically adjust their timing throughout the week. Google Calendar will automatically reschedule if you add another event that’s a direct conflict with a goal:

Goals reschedule_FINAL

Google Calendar also lets you defer a goal at any time. But, that doesn’t mean you get to slack. Google Calendar will make time for it later.

In fact, Google says that Calendar gets better at scheduling the more you use it. The new feature uses machine learning to improve — every time you defer, edit, or complete your goals, Google Calendar gets a little better at choosing times for your goals.

More to follow

Get more stories like this on TwitterFacebook


RSS-3