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Google Adds Goals Feature To Calendar

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Google ever since its incorporation in 1998 has been user-friendly. With this being the basis, Google has adhered to this principle and has grown to what it is now today. The multi-billion corporation, Google created a time-management web application and mobile app, Calendar which became available to people on April 13, 2006. To use this app, it is important for users to first have a Google Account in order to use that app.

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Source: www.thetechportal.in

How Calendar works?

Google Calendar app helps users to create public and personal calendars  after having a Google account. These accounts are free and the data of Calendars is stored within its cloud computing system. This has made things easier for users as well. They don’t have to download special software to access the calendar.

To take this further, Google has launched a feature in Calendar, called GoalsIt is a human tendency to postpone the tasks, or lose track of the progress and Google knows this well. According to the Research by APA (American Psychological Association), the probability of achieving a goal is higher if they track their progress regularly. It was also seen that physically recording that progress or sharing it publicly among your groups also improves the status of meeting goals.

For this purpose, the search engine giant has made setting and keeping track of goals easier. With this new feature, achieving your personal goals would not be a tedious and difficult process. The new feature was rolled out on 14 April when Google Calendar turned 10 years and this feature is now available for Calendar’s iOS and Android apps.

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Source: www.androidguys.com

Goals feature uses machine learning in order to help you out with the timings of exercise or spending time with your friends and family. The machine intelligence will find free time and add the long desirable tasks in such a way that no distractions and last minute schedules could stop you from achieving your personal targets. Google will take care of your scheduling by looking at your existing schedule in Calendar.

‘Will help you find the time and stick to it’ Jyoti Ramnath, Product manager, Google

For this to work best, you will have to identify a goal in Calendar and give answers to a handful questions like ‘Best time?’, ‘How often?’ and ‘How long?’. With answering these questions, leave the rest of the work to Google’s intelligence machine. For instance, you set a goal to ‘jog thrice in a week’ might intend to go running after work but might get collapsed by a last-minute lunch date with your best friend. As soon as you will add that lunch meeting to your calendar, Goals will move your scheduled workout to another better time.

How can you use Goals?

You can set up goals by clicking on a category. As of now this includes Exercise, ‘Me Time’, and ‘Build a Skill’. However, these can be customized. After that, you are supposed to select a specific activity. This will lead to automatically finding slots that are open in which you can fill your goal and send reminders. Have something else scheduled for those times? No worries. Google Calendar will find another window for your goal. Well, it will surely take care of you.

The Goal’s machine intelligence will continuously attempt to keep up and find better slots of time for your goals until you can no longer avoid it. If in case, you defer a task on a regular basis that app sets for, say evening, it will eventually stop scheduling stuff for that time slot. This might leave many of us wondering that why a machine learning algorithm will take care of us, remind us to spend time with our loved ones or push us towards personal grooming. 

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Source: www.androidauthority.com

The Goal’s machine intelligence will continuously attempt to keep up and find better slots of time for your goals until you can no longer avoid it. This might leave many of us wondering that why a machine learning algorithm will take care of us, remind us to spend time with our loved ones or push us towards personal grooming. The purpose of Goals is almost similar to many other personal productivity apps that are designed to take care of people’s health and habits. For this purpose, Goals integrates features from Timeful. This is an app by Google which was acquired last year. Timeful is a smart scheduling app that helps you solve larger goals without requiring you to pitch on the details. It analyzes your schedule and uses it to achieve your desired goals. This is the feature Google has used in its Goals app.

However, Goals has its own advantage. It is an app that sits on top of a tool that billions of people have trusted for years. With Google Calendar turning 10 in April this year marked its anniversary by adding new features to it. One of the key features is a to-do tracker called Reminders which will help people managing time in their busy schedule.

The Goals app may sooner or later become available on the web but as per Google’s representative, there is no specific time period currently planned for it. Taking into consideration Reminders took about five months to get into Calendar’s browser version. We hope it takes less time so that more people can benefit from them.

Here’s a video to illustrate how Goals work

Sakshi is a content marketer during the day and a reader by night. She writes content sprinkled with a twisted imagination. She has done her graduation in psychology from Delhi University and has an insane love for history.
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