No excuses! Google Calendar now finds time for self-improvement

Google Calendar gets smarter. Photo: Google

Google Calendar gets smarter. Photo: Google

Finding time in your busy schedule to hit the gym, get through a new book, or start a new hobby can be a task in itself. But now Google Calendar has the power to do it for you.

The new Goals feature lets you tell Google Calendar exactly what you want to do, and it will go ahead and help you find free time in which to do it.

“One day it’s “I got called into a last-minute meeting.” The next day it’s “I have a friend in town.” And before you know it, your goals are delayed or forgotten,” Google says. But Goals are here to save you.

To set a goal, simply tell Google Calendar what you want to do, like “work out more.” Then answer a few simple questions, like how often you want to do it, and the most convenient time. Google Calendar will then find time in your schedule to squeeze it in.

If you have to add another event that clashes with your goal, Calendar will automatically reschedule the latter. And if something comes up at the last minute, you can simply defer your goal and Calendar will find time for it later.

The more you use Goals, the better it will get at helping you, Google says. Start today by grabbing the latest version of the Calendar app for Android and iOS using the links below.