Google's calendar will force you to exercise or regularly call family with goals update
Published 15/04/2016 | 11:01
Google has added a new feature to its Calendar that turns the personal organiser into a trainer, life coach and assistant.
The updated Calendar has a Goals section that lets users set themselves targets for the weeks and months to come. Google will then schedule related activities into the Calendar to make sure that they happen.
For example, if you want to go on a run three times a week, you can put it into Goals and the Calendar will find time in the week and make a diary note.
"With all the things you need to do in a given week, it’s probably harder than ever to find the time - even when your goal really matters to you," said Jyoti Ramnath, a product manager at Google.
The goals you set in Google Calendar could be anything from making more time to speak to your family to starting a new hobby. When you set up the goal, Google will ask a couple of questions, such as "How often" and "Best time" before looking in your Calendar for the best time to pencil it in.
"Calendar actually gets better at scheduling the more you use it," said Ramnath. "Just defer, edit or complete your goals like normal, and Calendar will choose even better times in the future."
The idea behind Goals is that Google Calendar should help users "make the most of their time" rather than just being a time-keeping device. It is the latest update to the Calendar app, to which "To-Dos" were added back in December.
Technology giants including Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google are locked in competition to create the best personal assistant. Alongside its Google Now voice-activated search feature, Google is optimising its search services and apps, including Docs and Calendar, to become more integrated and helpful in its users daily lives.
Goals for Google Calendar is available for iOS and Android.