Last year, Google Calendar was updated with reminders that sync between Inbox, Keep, and Google Now. Users can now add personal goals, and Calendar will intelligently finding the best time for them. The updated Android and iOS apps also has smart features like reminders and will automatically reschedule in case of conflicts.

Users can add a new goal, as well as reminders and events, by tapping the floating action button in the bottom right of the app. Goals fall under the broad categories of exercise, build a skill, family & friends, me time, and organize my life. Under each are presets like do yoga, practice a language, and read, as well as the ability to add a custom one.

You then specify how many times a week, length, and the best time — morning, afternoon, evening, or any time — for your goal. Afterwards, Google Calendar will look at your agenda to find the best time to schedule an activity. The whole setup process features nice graphics, as well as an appropriate header image in the main schedule view.

Users can easily adjust each session, but Calendar also does that automatically. Manually added appointments are given priority with the app automatically rescheduling goals if there’s a direct conflict. Additionally, Calendar notifications for goals are actionable and have a defer button that will automatically find another time.

Calendar will learn what the best time for an activity is the more a user defers, edits, or completes a goal. As the app marks its 10th anniversary today, Google says it will add more smart features to Calendar in the future.

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