Goals in Google Calendar

A calendar that finds time for your daily goals

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#4 Product of the DayApril 13, 2016


  • Francis WadeFramework Consulting

    It tries to use machine learning to do automatic scheduling


    It's a misapplication of the technology

    This feature of Google Calendar (an app I use everyday) is a mistaken attempt to solve a real problem. Users want to be able to put more tasks in their calendar but the current problem is one of basic task optimization, not learning over time. In other words, the challenge is how to manage a lot of tasks via their attributes, which this feature does a poor job doing. Instead, it takes a simplified version of what a task is so that it can compare them over time. Instead, tasks are already complex from their moment of inception, so making them simplified so a program can "understand" them is a step in the wrong direction.

    What users want to do is retain the complexity, and get help in optimizing their placement in their calendar. This includes even the way the task is expressed in writing.

    Perhaps one day, machine learning may help, but it will only come long after the more basic question of optimization has been answered by the right combination of calendar app and human habits.

    Francis Wade has used this product for one year.


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Simon Bromberg@shimmb · Technical Lead @DashMD , sbromberg.com
When are they going to update the web interface for Google Calendar?
Timur Zhabbarov@zuluglobe · Development director, Smart Course
@shimmb really! that's the question!
Gabriel LewisHunter@gabriel__lewis · 🤔
Finally my favorite features from the app Timeful are back! 😀 Google acquired them in May of last year then shut them down. I guess Google was working Timeful into their own software. Either way I'm happy it's back. Timeful really helped me keep working on my habits and I actually felt like it worked, unlike many other "Todo list" apps. TechCrunch wrote about the Google Acquisition here → http://techcrunch.com/2015/05/04...
George Petrov@jokopetrov · Founder, Trevor Labs
@gabriel__lewis How did Timeful help you keep working on your habits? Never got the chance to try it.
Mikkel Marius W.@mikkelmarius · CMO, GoMore
Looks like an awesome feature but I just checked my Google Calendar app and I'm not seeing it. My app is fully up to date. Has anybody actually seen this feature in the wild?
Nine Black@iamnineblack
@mikkelmarius yeah even i cant see it...if i am missing something, pls let me know.......cant wait to try this
Darryl Wright@punk_cakes · Founder, CEO, Punk Science Studios
@mikkelmarius Same. Not seeing it in there on iOS. Most likely they put it out on Android first.
Mikkel Marius W.@mikkelmarius · CMO, GoMore
@punk_cakes I'm on Android. So it seems like it's just not released anywhere. Weird.
kristina@kchodorow · Software engineer, Google
@mikkelmarius Generally new features are rolled out gradually to more and more accounts over several days, I'd guess that's what's happening here.
Ben Lang@benln · Spoke
Maybe it's time to move back from Sunrise :)
Jeffrey Wyman@jeffrey_wyman · At the intersection of Tech and Business