Google Calendar and Your Goals – Make It So!

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Use Google Calendar to set and schedule your goals.

Google Calendar is a powerful, easily accessible and widely used tool for scheduling, tracking tasks, sending yourself reminders, and just plain getting things done.

And now Google Calendar has added a nifty new capability.

You can set goals for yourself and let the calendar do the heavy lifting when it comes to fitting those goals into your schedule.

Let’s say you want to walk for at least half an hour every day. You can now set this up as a goal in your Google Calendar. Indicate how often  you want to do it, the time of day you’d like to aim for, and the calendar will create your goal.

You can go in and customize it after the fact, changing the time, duration, etc. as you wish. Then, when you follow through on your goal, you can mark it as competed. And if you defer a goal, Google Calendar will make time for it later.

Google Calendar and Goals – A Quick How-To

Here’s a brief video illustrating how this might work for you.

You access this feature via an app on your mobile device – either your iPhone or your Android phone. It will then sync with your Google Calendar on your PC, laptop, or tablet.

Here are some specific directions about how to add a goal to your calendar – as well as how to edit it. The editing that you can do from your computer is quite limited, at least for now. Using the iPhone or Android app is the way to go.

As you work with your goals, completing, deferring them, or rescheduling them, Google Calendar is learning about your habits. So, the more you use this tool, the more useful it becomes.

Any changes you make to your sessions help Google Calendar learn your schedule preferences over time and the calendar, in turn, uses that information to schedule future sessions.

As with any new tool, I recommend that you start small, see how it works for you, and gradually integrate it into the flow of your life. Creating lots of ambitious goals and tracking them in Google Calendar may be tempting, but it’s actually a set-up for failure. You’re much better off to begin with one modest goal, learn how the tool works best for you, and then build in additional goals as you get more and more comfortable.

I’d love to hear how this works for you – so please leave a comment here or drop me a line at paula[at]thetimefinder[dot]com.

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