Ron Guest

Ron Guest

Inspired by @mmarfil, here are my top 5 Shortcuts. Not sure how good they are so possibly this is FYA πŸ€ͺ

Inspired by @mmarfil I thought I should look and see what my top 5 Shortcuts are. I imagine there are a number of nearly identical Shortcuts floating around. Most I typically invoke using Siri.

  • Loud Playlist
    I invoke this either from the widget or using Siri and it fires up Music to play my Loud playlist, shuffled, without repeat. This is possible using Siri, without a Shortcut, but I found that having a Shortcut with my recorded phrase makes it more reliable. I have this in the widget because there are times where I’d rather swipe to invoke it than speak. I actually have a couple of Shortcuts like this that play different lists.
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  • Save File as… I often want to save a web page or a PDF from Safari (such as a utility bill or bank statement). This Shortcut prompts me for a file name and then a places on my iCloud Drive to save it. Picking a file name should be a built-in iOS feature for now it isn’t. Typically for this to work it is necessary to first use the share sheet option to Create PDF and then run this workflow. It would be nice if the Shortcut could invoke Create PDF but as far as I can determine that is not supported.
    Get the Shortcut

  • Add To Tomorrow Things3 is my task manager and it introduced Shortcuts support from the beginning. Things3 has a built in way to add something from the Share sheet but there is no option to pick a destination – it always goes to the Inbox. Using this Shortcut I add the current page in Safari as a task to my Tomorrow list (I also have Shortcuts to add an item to Today or my Read Later list. I typically invoke this using Siri.
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  • Open Shopping I also have a Shopping project in Things3 where I keep items I want to purchase. Some of these items are wishlist and others are near term. I keep a Groceries task and within that maintain a checklist of what I need to pick up. I have another for Drug Store reminding me what I want to get on my next visit to Walgreens, CVS or wherever and similarly for Hardware Store. When I start to run errands I can invoke this Shortcut for a reminder of places I might need to go or when I arrive at a store and and want to see the checklist. I have similar Shortcuts that will open Things3 to my Today list of tasks or my Upcoming list of tasks.
    Get the Shortcut

  • Nap Alarm Time Who doesn’t like a good nap? But all good things must end and I typically need an alarm to nudge me to get up and get going again. This Shortcut prompts for the duration of the nap and then adjust the volume and sets DND mode.
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