We normally use our Calendar for scheduling meetings at work, remembering dates with friends, and keeping track of all our other commitments. But often our to-do list is elsewhere, separate from the Calendar that organizes our day, and we end up overcommitted or miss something important because we forgot to check our list. Gmail also has had a “to-do” feature for the longest time, but it was pretty useless, as it was a simple standalone, one-off feature that probably graduated from Labs at one point. It was never integrated, and almost everyone complained about it. Luckily Google has listned and is fixing that today.
Google is rolling out the ability to add reminders in Google Calendar for iOS and Android (web is coming soon).
You might already create calendar entries to remind you to call the doctor or pick up groceries on the way home. But while those entries come and go, Reminders stick with you over time so you can track them until they are actually done. If a Reminder isn’t completed, it will appear at the top of your Calendar the next day. And the next. When you do finally call the doctor or pick up those necessities, just swipe the Reminder away … and you’re onto the next to-do.
You can also create a Reminder from Google Inbox, Google Keep and Google Now on your Android device. So basically, you can say “Remind me to take out the trash today at 1pm” and it’ll add it up on your calendar just like that.