On Wednesday, a new feature called “Goals” has been added to Google Calendar for its iOS and Android apps.
“This is going to be my year. This is the year I will achieve this.”
Haven’t we all uttered those exact words every New Year? Each year, we look ahead with hope and determination. We set goals and arguably, for many of us, very few goals are accomplished.
If you’re like me, you constantly need motivation to achieve your goals. Or it may be that you have a million things to do and it helps to have it all in front of you, reminding you.
Whatever it is you have always wanted to do but could not, you can now use Google Calendar to set aside some time and make sure you succeed.
This is where Google’s “Goals” can help.
Google Calendar “Goals”
What makes Goals interesting is that it is based on machine learning.
You can customize Goals with your latest resolutions. Goals would ask you how often you need to practice and the convenient times for you. Based on your input, Goals are customized for you.
For example, you can set a goal to exercise 20 minutes each day at a specific time or you can set a goal to complete X amount of work in a day, complete with break times.
If for some reason you could not adjust the time slot for exercise as planned, Goals will automatically reschedule.
As the feature uses machine learning , it is designed to get better at scheduling for you as you continue using it.
A Google spokesperson said that the feature is rolling out globally from midnight EST Wednesday.
Google Calendar is going to be 10 this year and Goals is a great way of refreshing the app and giving users a taste of what artificial intelligence is all about.
If Goals proves successful, Google would have found a way to motivate millions of people into actually getting down to doing everything they have always wanted to.
I would definitely be interested in using Google Calendar “Goals” to see if it can motivate me enough into establishing a proper work and exercise routine. It would also be nice to see what Google’s machine learning can do.