Coping with Triggers, Due Dates, Time Zones, and Locations

How Does Reminder Work?

If you don’t get Reminder notifications, first check that the Reminders app’s Allow Notifications switch is on. Also, make sure that your iPhone or iPad is up to date with the latest version of iOS or iPadOS.

There are a lot of settings that you can customize for each reminder. For example, you can mark a reminder as extra important by adding a flag. You can even add a photo to a reminder.


Triggers are sensory experiences that bring back memories of a past trauma and create an immediate emotional reaction bypassing the reasoning part of our brain. These can be things like certain people, smells or places, but can also include drugs and alcohol.

For survivors of sexualized violence, triggers often come from conversations and interactions with others, but they can be any kind of reminder. This is because our brains do not recognize the difference between a traumatic event and a reminder that brings it back to mind, so they react as though the triggering event is happening right now.

It’s important to be able to identify your own triggers so you can learn how to cope and not let them get you down. Try identifying the emotions you feel and looking at any physical signs, like your heart beating faster, when you start feeling overwhelmed or triggered. It might take a while to figure out what it is that’s making you feel unhappy or upset, but it’s worth the effort.

Due Dates

Assigning due dates to tasks communicates that the task is important. But due dates aren’t the end of the story — they’re a means to an end, and ensuring that deadlines are met requires structure.

To make sure learners don’t miss due date deadlines, you can configure the number of days or weeks before a due date that automated reminder emails will be sent. If enabled, these will be sent every X days or weeks until the due date passes or this course is completed (which removes the due date).

You can also use conditional formatting to highlight reminder cells that are less than a certain number of days before a due date. This can be a great visual reminder for learners and help them stay on top of their work. You can apply this to all reminders, or just the ones you’re worried about. You can also tag your reminders, which makes them easier to find in lists.

Time Zones

When you set a reminder, it is based on your time zone. Then, when the reminder fires and your client receives the e-mail, the appointment times are shown in their own time zone. This also applies to the times that appear when you add your schedule to your calendar.

If a client is receiving appointment reminders from your practice with a different time zone than the one that is set in their client profile, it may be because they are connecting to your appointment calendar via an external system like Gmail. If this is the case, you can adjust your practice time zone from the Settings menu in your Practice Fusion account.

When a patient creates an appointment with a provider in the same location, they can select their own time zone in the appointment form. This will then be displayed in their reminder dispatch e-mail. When they are away from home, the appointment times will be displayed in their own time zone when the reminder is sent.


Reminders that depend on your location are triggered based on GPS, Wi-Fi, and cellular networks. You can turn on high-precision location services, which uses all of these methods to ensure that reminders activate exactly where and when you need them.

To enable location-based reminders, open the Reminders app and create a new list item or select an existing one. Tap the i icon next to the title and toggle Remind me at a location. Then, select a spot from Quick Options (Arriving Home, Getting in Car), search for an address, or enter a custom location.

When you set a reminder to go to a specific place, make sure that the address and other relevant details are in your contacts card for the place or person. This can help you avoid misunderstandings or missing the point of your reminders. Also, it is important to remain polite and professional in your reminder emails to avoid sounding impatient or agitated.

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