You probably have various goals that you would like to achieve. Whether it’s getting more exercise or reading more books, tracking your progress is essential. What if you could do all of this using your calendar app?
Google Calendar can be a handy app for managing your goals and tracking your days. The Goals feature in Google Calendar lets you spend time on the important things in your life and make sure you get there.
Create goals in Google Calendar
In Google Calendar, you can only create a goal using your mobile app. Using the desktop app, you can view and edit your goals.
To create a goal:
- Click on the plus sign in the lower right corner.
- Click on the Goal option that appears next to the flag icon.
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When you create a goal, Google calendar offers several suggestions. Exercising, developing a skill, and spending time with family are all among the suggestions. If neither of these options is appropriate, you can design your own. However, it’s handy that Google provides some default options to help you get started.
- Start by choosing the Exercise option.
- You will see a series of suggested exercises as well as a custom option. Take Walk for this example.
- Then you can choose how often you want to achieve this goal. To choose 5 times a week.
- You can now choose the length of the walk. Let’s go with 30 minutes.
- The last question allows you to select a preferred time of day. Choose the Afternoon.
- You will now see a summary of what you have selected: 5 sessions per week of 30 minutes each in the afternoon. You also have more options. They are not directly linked to your goals, but they can help you optimize their integration into the calendar.
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By default, you will receive a reminder ten minutes in advance, which you can delete if you wish. You can even turn on or off smart notifications that ping you before / after your sessions. They will help you prepare for your day. You can also change the default color.
By clicking To safeguard, you will return to the previous screen. The very last thing you need to do is hit the check mark. Once you’ve checked this box, the app will determine the best time for your goal and schedule it into your calendar.
You’ll end up with a calendar view, which will include an appropriate entry for the walk. In the example below, it takes place at 2 p.m. You can select Adjust time to modify the hours or select Seems well if you are satisfied with the choice.
How to edit goals in Google Calendar
Note that Google Calendar has scheduled a walk for the next few days. This relates to the five walks you need to take each week. They will be scheduled to adapt to other events and appointments on your calendar.
Take a look at the desktop version now, and also take a look at the calendar in more detail. If you scroll down you’ll see your rides for the week ahead. But if you have another standard time commitment, Google will have rescheduled the walk around it. In the example below, there is a desktop presentation on Wed 22, so the march is over for 12 h 00.
But the system is even smarter than that. Suppose you have a planned goal and someone invites you to a meeting. In the example below, we have added an hour Sample meeting between 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. When you record this meeting, Google will automatically reschedule your goal. The goal was to walk at 2 p.m. and the schedule pushed it back to 12 p.m. instead. So Google Calendar can reprogram goals not only for previous engagements, but also for new ones.
Of course, you can always rearrange your goal schedule if you’re not in the mood to walk at a specific time on a day. You can just click and drag the objective at another time to change the location.
And if you need to delete goals in Google Calendar, just click on the goal and then on the delete option with the trash can icon on the right side.
Using the desktop version, you can edit your goals and edit them, but it doesn’t allow you to add or start a new goal. The mobile app is where you’ll need to do this.
Suppose you achieved your goal today. you will find a little Did it button when you open your lens. Once a goal is met, you can select it and Calendar will cross it out.
If you accidentally complete a goal, don’t worry, you can undo it. When you open a completed objective, you will see Mark as unfinished basically. This will override the previous act of blocking the goal.
Track your Google Calendar goals
Back in the smartphone version, you can also see how many times you have achieved a goal. To do this, just click on your goal and you will notice the stats coming up. Small pie charts will show your progress.
If you scroll to the left, you should see the progress of the past four weeks. Even if you started a goal today, you will see that full history. Over time, Calendar will fill the previous weeks with your progress.
You can also edit or edit goals in Google Calendar, if needed. Start by clicking on the Edit pencil icon at the top of the lens view. You can select 5 sessions per week and change it to something else. Maybe the frequency was a little too high for you, then you think it should be three sessions a week and maybe half an hour. Simply select your preferred alternative and Calendar will reschedule your appointments appropriately.
Google Calendar is your go-to app
Almost all Android smartphones come with Google Calendar and an iPhone version is also available. In addition to specific calendar appointments, you can use the app to create a calendar to track your goals. You don’t need a separate application; this feature is already in the palm of your hand.
Other goal trackers are available and may give you more functionality. But if you like to keep things simple and light, Google Calendar should be your first choice.
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