I noticed what I’m about to tell you long before tonight, but I just got to writing it down.
The purpose of Do Not Disturb on iOS is to ensure you’re not being alerted during times you don’t wish to (like when you’re sleeping – or even during a calendar event (something I plan to create)). However, there is always those exceptions to the rule. Currently, you can set a privileged group that can override your Do Not Disturb (something I think OS X could have as well in the future). Plus an alarm that you set in Clock will always circumvent when it’s enabled.
I found that Calendar and Reminders don’t have that authority when it comes to alerts. Do Not Disturb (and Show Banners and Alerts on OS X) lacks a fundamental exception for those. If I set a calendar or reminder event to alert (or remind) me at a certain time, location, etc., it will not override Do Not Disturb when it goes off.
My methodology can be summed up in the words of a great friend of mine:
“When I think of Do Not Disturb, I think of a hanger I put on my hotel door. The hanger is meant to keep me disturbed from the outside world, not myself. I could be having a party in the room but people or things outside of my room shouldn’t bother me.”
Key point: Features like Do Not Disturb and Show Banners and Alerts aren’t supposed to keep you disturbed from yourself.
If I take the time to set an alert on a calendar event or reminder because it’s that important for me to remember, it should override anything no matter what. It warrants authority.
Why isn’t it doing this?
© 2013 Joshua Tucker