Characteristic Request: Person-selectable snooze intervals for calendar reminders

I’ve by no means fairly understood the idea of a to-do listing. It’s by no means made sense to me to have a standalone listing of issues to do at some unspecified time, even when they will have fairly colour coding and labels like Pressing, Precedence and As we speak. I rely as a substitute on calendar reminders.

I do make very restricted use of Apple’s Reminders app, however just for location-triggered ones. It’s actually helpful to get reminded of one thing once I’m in the suitable place to motion it – at residence, at a store and so forth.

However for the whole lot else, my calendar is my to-do listing, for one easy motive …

Characteristic Request: Person-selectable snooze intervals for calendar reminders 1
Characteristic Request: Person-selectable snooze intervals for calendar reminders 2


Characteristic Request: Person-selectable snooze intervals for calendar reminders 1

For me, scheduling one thing is the one sure-fire technique of making certain it will get performed. So all of the duties that some would placed on a to-do listing, I schedule in my calendar. In fact, you’ll be able to assign dates and instances to objects within the Reminders app too, however utilizing the calendar additionally means I can see visually how busy my day or week is when it comes to duties in addition to appointments.

An pressing process, that completely should be accomplished at the moment? No downside: I schedule it for a free slot in at the moment’s calendar. Much less pressing issues would possibly get shuffled round a bit.

I might need good intentions to do my accounts after work at the moment, however then in terms of it I can’t fairly face it, or one thing else comes up – and it’s then trivial to tug it to a brand new time or a brand new day. Even when I’ve to considerably revamp my plans, it takes simply seconds to tug issues to their new slots.

One of the best factor about scheduling my duties is I get calendar reminders when it’s time to deal with them. If I’m not fairly prepared, or want to complete one thing else first, I take advantage of the snooze characteristic to have the reminder pop up once more a bit later.

However there’s one tiny little factor that bugs me concerning the snooze characteristic: it solely presents me fastened delay choices:

  • 1 minute
  • 5 minutes
  • 15 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • One hour
  • Two hours
  • A day
  • Per week

The character of my working day is considerably unpredictable. If there’s quite a bit occurring, writing information items would possibly maintain me busy all day. Typically there’s a flurry of reports earlier within the day however it will get quieter later. The quiet instances are once I write opinion pieces, reviews and … feature requests.

A information piece would possibly take me 25 minutes to put in writing if it’s brief and candy, or 45 minutes if it’s longer or there are many backlinks to incorporate.

So all scheduled instances are estimates, and I depend on the snooze characteristic rather a lot. But when I do know I would like ten minutes to complete what I’m doing, I can’t snooze the reminder for 10 minutes – solely 5 or 15. Equally, I can’t snooze a reminder for 45 minutes nor something between two hours and 24 hours.

That’s a trivial grievance, I do know. I’ve simply mentioned how straightforward it’s to tug appointments across the calendar, in order that’s what I find yourself doing. However minor annoyances you hit a number of instances a day are extra irritating than they need to be, so I’d actually love Apple to present me the choice of a user-defined snooze time along with the presets. A textual content field the place I can sort a quantity, and a few test containers that default to minutes however might be modified to hours with one click on/faucet.

Anybody else need this, or is it simply me and my eccentric strategy to to-do lists? Please take our ballot and tell us within the feedback.

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