Saturday, April 30, 2016

Making Time With Google Calendar

Google Calendar
Finding time for personal aspirations can be hard, and when somebody found time, they often conjure up a reason to push it to another day.

Whether it's exercising, learning a new language, or organizing your home — Google wants to help nudge you to get cracking on those personal goals through a new automated feature in Google Calendar.

"One day it's 'I got called into a last-minute meeting,' Jyoti Ramnath, product manager at Gmail, said in the blog post announcement. "The next day it's 'I have a friend in town.’ And before you know it, your goals are delayed or forgotten. In fact, 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."

To help find the time, now when users tap the floating action button in Google Calendar, They will see a flag icon that will let their set a goal. The app will then find a time in their calendar to pencil their goal in — and it will automatically move it if you schedule another event during that time frame.

When Calendar sends users a notification to get started on their goal, they can defer it or tap complete.

The more one uses the feature, the better it works. As they continue to defer or complete goals, Google Calendar will learn and choose the optimal times in the future.

The new Goals feature marks the 10-year anniversary of Google Calendar, and according to The New York Times, Google is also launching another feature that helps two people in the same company find convenient meeting times, with the use of a "software agent."

The features will be rolling out today — just keep an eye out for updates to your iOS or Android Google Calendar app.

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