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Matt Galligan’s Shared Shortcuts on Notion

Last week, I came across a useful shortcut for calling into meetings, tweeted out by Matt Galligan, former founder of Circa and now CEO of Interchange1:

The shortcut grabs your next calendar event, extracts the phone number, and dials it for you – with a trigger phrase set up, you can just say “Dial In” to Siri and it’ll just work.

Matt also has a neat way for sharing this and his other shortcuts: using Notion.

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Shortcuts

Preventing food from expiring with two Siri Shortcuts

I have a bad habit of wasting food. I will buy groceries, eat most of it, but usually end up letting one or two things go bad just because I don’t think about it.

It’s probably because I don’t cook enough, but it’s still a problem I want to avoid with longer-term items who expiration dates I rarely think about when I buy them.

This is one of those things I genuinely try to work on, but every time I think about it I can’t remember when I bought or defrosted something.

So when earlier this week, the ground beef I had taken out of the freezer was no longer good, I got fed up with myself for doing it again and decided to change something.

So, I made two Siri Shortcuts for logging and checking expirations to make the process easier on myself, more reliable, and most of all: automated (because that part’s just fun for me too).

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Apps

CalZones is the only scheduling app you need to plan across timezones

Developer David Smith has released a new app today called CalZones that is a combination calendar and timezone converter.

Available for $4.99 via the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, the app makes it as easy as possible to see what time it is where somebody else lives and arrange a meeting at the correct time across timezones and work schedules.

I’ve never found a calendar app that lets me have timezones presets visualized so easily, giving me the correct the information of what time it is across the world, and packing an impressive amount of utility into multiple small spaces.

Here’s how Calzone accomplishes all that.

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Shortcuts

7 Shortcuts for meetings and making new contacts

After a meeting with someone new yesterday, I realized there was a few places where I could have used the Shortcuts app to speed up the processes around our encounter.

Before the meeting, I was headed somewhere new and needed to figure out how to get there on time.

During the meeting, I was fumbling with my phone a bit, handing it to them to type in their contact information, and didn’t have an easy way to share mine either. Plus, I dealt with everything after the meeting too – writing down notes, sharing my info, and following up later.

From all this, I noticed a few repeating patterns, that could be automated using mostly default apps – the data I need already exists or can be entered on the fly.

So, I came up with a few jobs to be done:

  • Knowing when to leave to get to the meeting on time
  • Getting directions to the meeting when it’s time to leave
  • Sharing your “business card” contact information
  • Logging someone else’s contact information
  • Taking helpful meeting notes afterwards
  • Following up with them the same day (or later)
  • Scheduling that follow up if it’s not today
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Podcasts

It’s Pretty Much All My Fault ?

New episode of Supercomputer out:

This week, Alex invites a DIFFERENT Matthew onto the show to talk about their home automation setup.

While I was with family, Alex took the opportunity to chat with her spouse Mattie about home automation, which was an absolute delight of a conversation.

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Podcasts

So Mini Problems, So Little Time ?

New episode of Supercomputer out:

Alex and Matthew review the new iPad mini! Find out where the Mini fits in their lives.

Two iPad nerds talking about the latest iPad release – my favorite type of episode to record.

Interestingly, we both came to the same conclusion…

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Shortcuts Links

A Pair of Shortcuts to Log Podcast Episodes in Airtable and Play One at Random in Overcast ?

Julia M. on her blog Rampant Procrastination:

1. Open the information tab in Overcast of a podcast you wish to log to Airtable.

2.Select the text of the information tab from the podcast title down, grabbing as much of the episode description as you would like to be included in the notes field in Airtable. Press copy to put this text on the clipboard.

3. This shortcut is used as a sharesheet extension, so press the share button and select Shortcuts, then run the shortcut to log the podcast.”

This post is a great write-up from Julia explaining a way she’s saving podcast episodes to Airtable, plus pulling from that database to play one again at random.

She has little technique for grabbing information from Overcast on the clipboard before sharing the episode, and wrote up how she’s extracting the information from once it’s in the shortcut before sending it through Airtable’s API.

Definitely subscribe to her new blog and give her a follow.

If you have a blog post about Shortcuts, always feel free to tweet me the link. I post some of them here and in my newsletter too.

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Podcasts

Into The Weeds (feat. Rosemary Orchard) ?

New episode of Supercomputer out:

The fabulous Rosemary Orchard joins as the first guest on Supercomputer – and she blows your hosts’ minds.

We were thrilled to have our first guest on Supercomputer, and who else could it be but Rosemary Orchard from Automators.FM.

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Podcasts

I Get Most Work Done On My Phone ?

New episode of Supercomputer out:

Your hosts discuss the primary computer for most people: their phones.

In a little bit of a shorter episode than last week, Alex and I discussed how many people really only use their phone as their primary computer.

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Podcasts

The Video Production Can Of Worms ?

New episode of Supercomputer out:

This week, Alex shows Matthew how little he knows about video production.

This long episode is one of our first deep dives into a specific productivity topic, which I enjoyed because I benefited so much from the clarification.