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Setting up automated dates comparison?

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Hi all! I'm pretty new to Data Studio, so I hope someone can help me either accomplish what I'm trying to do or find a better way of doing it.


When setting up reporting for a client, I'm wanting to show site traffic info for that month, and compare to both the previous month & the same month of the previous year. Ideally, I'd like them all to be side-by-side. 

The only way I know to set this up is as I've shown here:

This I realize is a little redundant and confusing to someone who doesn't know exactly what they're looking at. 


Now, I realize I can go in and manually change the dates corresponding to the numbers I'm comparing, but my goal is to create a fully-automated report (isn't that what GDS is all about?)


Now for my question(s):

1. Is there a way to set up data to autopopulate as the month/year prior to the reporting dates?

2. If not, is there a simpler way to get this information across?