Have you tried using Google Goals to create space for something you want in your life? (If you haven't heard of Google Goals, it's a new feature from Google that uses its machine-learning magic to find time in your week to spend on a goal that you set for yourself.)
I have—and after six weeks of using it, I can say with confidence that there is a better way to make time for yourself and your dreams.
3 Reasons You Shouldn't Use Google Goals
The reasons you shouldn't use Google Goals are rooted in the exact problems that the service was trying to solve. Here are the main failings that I came across in my own experience.
[Disclosure: I have family members employed by Google. These views are my own and have not been discussed with said family members.]
Reason #1: Google Goals looks for space in your calendar
Google Goals uses your Google Calendar to find space in your week to dedicate to your goals. That's great ... if you keep an up-to-date, organized calendar.
If you don't have that kind of oversight on your time, then this feature is useless. What ends up happening is Google Goals enters appointments for you, those appointments overlap with something else that you absolutely must do, and you either a) reschedule the appointment or b) skip it entirely.
Reason #2: Google Goals schedules appointments for you
Google Goals's automatic scheduling feature is supposed to solve the problem of not being able to find time or constantly having to delay taking action on your goals.
However, the automatic scheduling feature works in the same way as someone else scheduling a meeting for you and expecting you to show up without consulting you on your schedule: it's an infringement on your time.
If you don't mind having your time arranged for you with no input, then this feature may not be a problem. If you prefer having some control over your schedule, then this feature falls flat.
Reason #3: Google Goals adjusts for you
If you have a conflict with one of your Google Goals-scheduled appointments, then Google Goals will reschedule your dedicated goal time into a new slot.
In theory, this makes sense: if you have a meeting with your boss or simply want to defer your workout time, then you can give input and help improve the base algorithm that's driving your Google Goal.
In practice, this runs into the same problem as Google Goals scheduling the appointment for you in the first place: it's an infringement on your time.
Furthermore, with the option to defer your Goal, you can defer, and defer, and defer, essentially just pushing off the thing that you say you really want to do.
Which is the problem that Google Goals is trying to solve in the first place.
Have you tried using Google Goals? If so, what was your experience? I'd love to hear your opinion in the comments below.
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