Automators 43: Capture and Review

In this episode of Autmators, David and I took a headlong plunge into automating our capture and review processes. As we mentioned on the show, automated capture is a double-edged sword – capturing too much can lead to overwhelm, but I also find automated capture to be a problem solver as then I don’t have to do the actual capturing myself, something that could be dangerous!

Since we recorded the show I’ve been experimenting even more with Pushcut and the automation server to create projects in OmniFocus. It’s not ready to share yet, but I’m working on that!

For me, the biggest automation and productivity win recently has come from looking at review. I’m building an automated review of both tasks due today, tasks tagged with my Forecast tag, and tasks completed today into different parts of my day. This is really keeping me on top of things and things are slipping through the cracks less and less now.

I’m also very glad that David is experimenting with the Shortcuts home screen again. I’m still not completely sold on this for myself, but there are several use cases where I can see myself benefitting. For the time being I’m working on using LaunchCuts to set up a good folder structure – and I’ve added a few Shortcuts to my home screen which just open specific folders. This means I only have to maintain the folders in one place, and with the smart folders this is pretty easy to do.

Nested Folders 16: The Maker and the Manager

According to the internet there are two kinds of people. What kinds these people are varies dramatically depending on the meme in question, but on this week’s episode of Nested Folders, Scotty and I looked at the idea of the Maker and the Manager.

Listen to Nested Folders 16: The Maker and the Manager

Automators 41: Automated Health Tracking

In this week’s episode of Automators, David and I dove into health tracking. As it’s the start of the year I’ve been trying to figure out what my health goals are – but I couldn’t let them get away from me without a little automation!

After we recorded I stumbled across Charty, an app in beta which like many new apps popping up on my radar at the moment, is designed to integrate with Shortcuts. This one is, as you may guess from the name, designed to help you create charts with data. I’ve not yet figured out how to give it health data to make a chart (I suspect I need to split the times and data points first), but I’ll be experimenting with this over the next few weeks!

One of my favourite things to do with Shortcuts, is to make “dumb” devices smart. I’ve helped my parents track blood pressure and blood glucose, as well as added Health integration to my FitBit scales, all with just a few Shortcuts.

I hope you enjoy the 41st episode of Automators: Automated Health Tracking!