When it comes to organising our extremely busy lives, Google Calendar is pretty good at helping us keep track of all the things we have to do. Whether it’s a work commitment or a social commitment just pop it into your calendar and rest in the knowledge that you’re unlikely to miss it or plan something for the same time.
Oddly, as comfortable as it feels to schedule our obligations to others, when it comes to planning things for ourselves, things we want to do but don’t have to, we’re less likely to use a calendar to make sure we do it. What’s much more likely is that we store these things we want to do in our minds and tell ourselves we’ll find the time for them. Maybe after that other thing that’s more important because it’s been granted calendar space. And so the delays keep piling up until it’s two weeks down the line and the closest you’ve come to learning that new language is eating in a restaurant that serves its country’s cuisine.
This is why we quite like Google Calendar’s new feature called Goals, which makes it easier to create a space in your plans just for you. Whether you want to learn a new skill, take up some exercise, or just treat yourself once a week, all you have to do is add it to goals and Calendar will make sure you find the time to do it.
To set a goal you simply type into Calendar what you want to do, how often you want to do it and what time periods suit you best to do it. After this, Calendar looks at the schedule you already have set up and finds the best time for you to fit in your goal. If things get busy, rather than cancel your goal, Calendar will help you find time for it somewhere else. For example, if an unexpected meeting came up at the same time you were supposed to head to the gym, Calendar would automatically reschedule the gym to another time.
By deferring or moving goals rather than allowing you to outright cancel them, this feature does actually seem like a good way for someone who religiously follows their planner to make sure they never miss out time for themselves. Google also say the feature will get better the more you use it, learning the best possible times for you in a way you wouldn’t be able to alone.