#MondayMotivation: Goals in Google Calendar

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#MondayMotivation: Goals in Google Calendar

It’s Monday again. How are you coping so far?

Come on, don't despair - you can get through it. Mondays aren't great, but it’s possible to turns things round with a little Monday motivation.

So instead of sitting around crying into your latte, why not set yourself some goals?

It's easier than you might think. Because to celebrate Google Calendar’s 10th birthday last week, a nifty little Goals feature was added to it.

Goals in Google Calendar

Goals in Google Calendar has been designed to help you find time to achieve the things you want to do in life. Here’s how it works:

  • You add goals in exactly the same way you add events or reminders. So just tap the plus mark near the bottom of your screen, then tap the Goal flag.

  • You’re then asked to choose a goal type from one of these five categories:

  • When you select a category you’ll be asked to give more details of your exact goal. You’ll be given a few suggestions (it’s good to see that ‘wiggle your ears’ is on the ‘exercise’ list), or you can select the ‘custom’ option and create your own goal.
  • You’re then asked how often you want to work on achieving your goal, and how much time you can spare for each session.
  • Finally, you’re asked if you’d prefer to do it in the morning, afternoon, evening or any time of day.

When you've entered all this information, Google Calendar will set everything up for you. It finds suitable times for your activity, creates the sessions, and adds them to your calendar.

You’ll receive a notification 30 minutes before each session is due to start. Although you can customise this too, if you’d prefer less or more notice.

What we like about Goals in Google Calendar

Overall, we like Goals in Google Calendar a lot. It’s really quick and easy to set up a goal, and you can create as many as you want.

It seems to be quite flexible too. For example, it automatically reschedules a session if you add another event that's in direct conflict with it. Plus, you can defer sessions and Google Calendar will find time for them later. Google even says that it will learn from your actions, and choose better times in the future.

What we don't like about Goals in Google Calendar

We’re a little disappointed that you don't seem to be able to set a deadline or time limit on achieving your goal. And sessions are only scheduled two months in advance.

That means if you want to train to run a marathon by the end of the year, you’d have to set up a new goal every couple of months. And there’s no real way of checking your progress.

It would be great to see some tracking functionality added to Goals some time in the future. But for now, we think you’ll still be able to get a lot out of it - so give it a go and let us know how you get on.

Or if you want to recommend another goal-tracking app, feel free to share. You can comment below.

What are your thoughts? Join the conversation here…

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