Alarms for being on time
How to be at a certain place at a certain time: 1. Remember what date, time, and location the place is, and continue remembering for days. 2. On that day, get the address, plug it into Google Maps and find out how long it will take to get there. Subtract the ETA from the time you want to be there. 3. Decide that you want to leave about 20 minutes early to make a stop along the way. Subtract 20 minutes from the time you want to be there subtracted from the ETA. 4. You will need to remember to warn yourself to start getting ready beforehand, so subtract another 10 minutes. Keep all 4 of these numbers in your head at the same time. OR download this shortcut and let your phone do all of this for you.
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Alarms for Being On Time
To be fair, Siri is starting to have the ability to let you know when it's time to leave for things, but that depends on:
- All of your events being in Apple Calendar
- You having a routine that Siri can pick up on
- Only getting an alert when Siri picked up on it
You can also set notifications in your Google Calendar items too, but this shortcut doesn't require your event to be in any calendar, or even be an event. Those notifications also don't take into account current driving conditions.
This shortcut can help in any situation where you want to be in a certain place at a certain time and need help figuring out when to leave.
How to use
How to use
The shortcut will ask you a series of questions about where you're going and how much time you want to leave for a buffer:
- Where are you going? The shortcut lets you choose where to get the address from: Do a search, type it in, get it from a contact on your phone, get it from a calendar item, or from your clipboard. If you entered this shortcut from another shortcut where you already figured this stuff out, that will be imported automatically.
- Where are you starting from? Home, your current location, or somewhere else?
- What time do you want to get there? If you pulled the address in from a calendar item, it will also pull in the start time for you.
- Do you want to leave a buffer between leaving and arriving, like for traffic or stops?
- Do you want a warning before it's time to leave, and if so how much warning?
Then the shortcut will do all the math and compile a narrative plan for you. Something like "If we want to get there by 9, with a 15 minute buffer, and right now it will take 45 minutes to drive there, we should leave by 8." You have the option of sending this to someone else in text or email if you want.
Then the shortcut sets the alarms for you. You can choose to set all the alarms in one tap, choose the ones you want, or not set any alarms:
- Warning alarm when it's time to start getting ready
- An alarm for when it's time to leave
- An alarm when your buffer time is starting
- An alarm for when you said you wanted to be at that place.
How it works
How it works
This shortcut involves a bunch of logic for figuring out what information we need and giving the user the easiest ways to extract it from where it might already exist. I tried to think of all the possibilities for where we could extract this info from.
Then using the given times and locations it does the math to find the times that the alarms should be set for.
Then it creates the alarms, either all at once or one at a time.
How to get started with Shortcuts
If you have iOS 13, you already have the Shortcuts app. That means that if you're on your iPhone or iPad right now, you can just click the Download button to download a shortcut. If you're not on your phone, you can email the link to yourself to download it later.
You can can start using most shortcuts right away, unless they work with another app that you need to have installed. That will be indicated on the in the post above. Once you have downloaded a shortcut, it belongs to you and you can make any changes you like. The shortcuts I make and publish here don't send any data back to me and I don't make any money from publishing them.
Once you have download a shortcut you can choose how to run it. These are your options:
- When you want to run a shortcut, open your Shortcuts app and all the shortcuts in your library will be there to choose from. Just tap on it.
- To save the step of navigating to your Shortcuts app you can add a shortcut to your iPhone’s home screen so it’s easily accessible.
- Some shortcuts will automatically show up in your phone’s Share menu under “Shortcuts”.
- In the shortcut’s settings you can “Add to Siri” by recording a phrase that will trigger it. Later you can say “Hey Siri” followed by that phrase and Siri will run that shortcut for you.
- You can also set up shortcuts to run automatically in the Automations tab in the Shortcuts app. You can select from a good variety of triggers such as "When my wake up alarm stops" or "When I arrive at work".