Routine Shortcuts

I use Shortcuts on my iPhone every day. I like gimmicky shortcuts as much as anyone, but the ones that give me the most value are routine-style shortcuts, the type you likely hit once a day around the same time. Here are the ones I’ve made. Clicking on the header while on your iPhone or iPad will install the shortcut. Some of them have sub-shortcuts, also linked.

Good Morning

  • Starts a Toggle timer for Morning”
  • Runs my Battery Check” Shortcut, which changes brightness and turns on and off radios based on battery level
  • Runs my Fitbit Weigh,” shortcut which I wrote about here
  • Runs my Morning Workout” Shortcut.

Transit

  • Starts a Toggl timer for Transit”
  • Opens Google maps to commute
  • Opens up the app Rocket Man” to show streetcar times.
  • Turns Do Not Disturb” off

Ride

This is for when I’m riding my bike instead of taking transit.

  • Runs Battery Check”
  • Asks if I’m starting or stopping a ride
  • If I’m starting, Sets Do Not Disturb” to on
  • If I’m stopping, Sets Do Not Disturb” to off
  • Adds a calendar item
  • Starts playing Overcast
  • Opens up Map My Ride”
  • Opens up Biko”
  • Opens up Fitbit”

Morning Prep

For when I’m at work but haven’t started an actual task yet.

  • Starts a Toggl timer for Morning prep”

Pomo

  • Sets a timer for 25 minutes
  • Starts a blank timer in Toggl
  • Adds a calendar event for Pomodoro”
  • Opens Freedom”
  • Sets Do Not Disturb” to on

Pomo Break

  • Starts a Toggl for Pomo Break”
  • Starts a timer for 5 minutes.
  • Sets Do Not Disturb” to off

Meeting

  • Starts a Toggl for Pomo Break”
  • Sets Do Not Disturb” to on

Lunch

  • Starts a Toggl for Lunch”
  • Sets Do Not Disturb” to on

Afternoon Prep

For when I’m coming back from lunch but haven’t started an actual task yet.

  • Starts a Toggl timer for Afternoon prep”

Home

  • Start a Toggl timer for Evening”
  • A menu choice between Elliptical workout,” Evening Workout,” and I’m feeling lazy.”
    • Elliptical Workout” adds a calendar event for Elliptical,” and turns off bluetooth (so I can easier connect my Airpods to my Surface)
    • Evening Workout” adds a calendar event for Evening workout,” turns on my hip hop playlist, and begins my evening routine” in Strong

GTS Routine

  • Starts a Toggl timer for Yoga”
  • Sets bluetooth to off

Sleep

  • Starts a Toggl timer for Sleep”
  • Opens Sleep Cycle”
  • Waits 20 seconds, then dims the screen to the minimum amount.

Weekend

  • Starts a Toggl timer for Weekend”

Using these shortcuts allows me to keep Toggling running 24/7, which means my weekly email from them is far more useful. Mainly, though, these were things I was often doing manually before Shortcuts showed up. It’s actually what led me to make them like this. It’s the advice I give people who are having trouble thinking of ways Shortcuts can benefit them: think of the things you do over and over and automate that. It’s boilerplate advice about computers, sure, but it’s true here. Your iPhone is a computer. Let it help you.


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