Millennials are all about self-improvement – but sometimes life just gets in the way.
So if you find it hard to get out of bed without some gentle encouragement (i.e. 5 alarms and eighteen whacks of the snooze button later…) – let alone set yourself weekly goals AND stick to them – help is at hand in the form of a new goals feature by Google.
Google added the feature to celebrate Google Calendar’s 10th birthday.
You start by entering the type of activity you would like to do – running, learning a new language, or yoga as the newly jilted guy in the video sets his sights on – and then select how often you want to do it; once a week, three times a week, or whatever frequency you desire.
It’ll also ask you about the best time to perform your chosen task. Google Calendar then automatically finds time in your schedule for you to work on these activities, hobbies and targets. Handily, it’ll slot your gym training or meditation session into a block between other events on your calendar, so it really works best if you use it religiously for managing most aspects of your life.
So, what if a work meeting gets scheduled when you were supposed to be doing some downward dog? Not a problem – Google Calendar will move your goals around automatically when it sees you have a clash in your schedule. Plus, it will readjust its timing as the week goes on and you add more events that conflict with your chosen goal.
But be warned: scheduling a drinking session with an old friend won’t just make your other appointments disappear. You can defer a goal, but you can’t just sack it off – Google will make time for it later so you’re not off the hook. It’s like having your own (slightly nagging) secretary managing your affairs.
Like much of today’s clever technology, Google Calendar gets better at organizing your business the more you use it. So by the time you’re fluent in German and/or a fully certified yogi, it will be even more adept at helping you fulfill your goals.
Patience, young grasshopper, you have much to calendarize.