I love Reminder Alerts, but the Snooze options don't really work quite right or consistently.
Sometimes when I Snooze, I get the very useful choices "0 minutes before, 1 minute before, 5 minutes before", and so on. (I'm not sure if those numbers are exactly correct, but the idea is right).
Other times, though, I get very frustrating "How much time to wait" messages like "15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour", etc. These are never useful. For instance, if I set a reminder for 1 hour before a meeting, by the time I react to the alert, if I wait an hour for my next reminder, I'll be late because it took me a non-zero amount of time to react to the message. A 59 or 58 minute wait would be much more useful. If I'm at the coffee pot, in the next office talking to someone, etc., it might be many minutes before I see the message. Then what? Worse, it doesn't tell me how many minutes away the meeting is - it just tells me what TIME the meeting is beginning.
I'm left doing the math in my head: "Let's see...the appointment was for 9:30...let me find a clock...OK-it's 8:47 now. How many minutes away is that? Uhhh...43, I guess. So how long do I want to snooze? 40 minutes would be perfect, giving me time to dial in, but there is no 40. I guess I have to select 30 and somehow burn 13 minutes when the next reminder comes, without missing the start of the meeting".
Do you see what I mean about the "fixed times-to-wait" not being really helpful? It is far, far, more useful - and MUCH easier and completely error-free - to just tell it "remind me x minutes before it's time". Excellent numbers for "x" are 0, 1, 5, 10, and 15.
SOMETIMES it works the "good" way, which is great! I'd like to make it work that way all the time. Is there a way to force it to always offer me the "x minutes before" options?
Please sign in to leave a comment.