Shortcuts

I wanted to put together a list of shortcuts I’ve made that I think others might find helpful. I’m going to continue to update this list as I make new ones.

Daily

Apple Reminders and Calendar

Things 3

  • Quick Add Task adds a new task to the inbox of Things.

  • New Task allows you to fill out the details of a take and add it to Things.

  • Grocery List will add items to your grocery list project in Things.

  • New Video Project is a template shortcut for project management in Things.

  • Bag Checklist is a shortcut that can be used for packing a bag for any trip. Edit the dictionary to add your items and categories.

Fantastical

  • New Fantastical Event takes advantage of Fantastical’s natural language input to quickly create new events.

Drafts

  • New Draft starts with a ask for input, type whatever you want to note, and then it creates a new draft from that.

  • New Draft from Clipboard will take the contents of your clipboard and save it to a new draft.

  • Drafts Checklist allows you to create a checklist that can be marked of in Drafts. Each line with be a new item that can be checked off.

  • Link Post to Drafts is a great shortcut for bloggers. This allows you to quickly create new linked blog posts.

  • Add to Grocery List this will add a item to a grocery list draft. It will also formate it so it can be checked off in Drafts.

  • Bag Checklist for Drafts is a shortcut that can be used for packing a bag for any trip. Edit the dictionary to add your items and categories.

Blot.im

Blot.im is the service I use to host my website, these are shortcuts I use to add content to it quickly.

  • RSS To Blot will take an RSS feed and make a blot blog post out of it. Handy for YouTube channels and Podcasts.

  • YouTube Blot Publish will go a bit further then the before mentioned shortcut. This will use regex to get the description of the video and add it to the post.

  • Get Photo Link is a quick way to save photos to the images folder for blot. It will then add the URL for it to your clipboard so it can quickly be added to a post.

Data Jar

  • Meal Planning is a shortcut that takes advantage of Data Jar dictionary feature. Once you’ve added all your meals it will give you a list to pick from. Whatever you select those ingredients will be added to your grocery list (currently setup for Things)

  • Clipboard Manager creates a list in Data Jar. You can add whatever is currently on your clipboard to the list. You can also pick something from the list to add it to your clipboard.

Photos

  • Remove Photo Metadata will delete any metadata in a photo.

  • Save Raw & JPG Photos will go through images from a camera looking for Raw or JPEG photos, and then save them to different locations. You may need to change the file names based on the camera you use.

Health

  • Blood Glucose Log will ask you a few questions about you blood glucose and will then store it in the health app. This only works on the iPhone.

Utilities

  • Clipboard Manager for Yoink will allow you to save your current clipboard, or grab something from Yoink to add to it.

  • Quick Writing Mode This sets do not disturb for 20 minutes and then plays a noise in the app Dark Noise. You can easily adjust the timing in the shortcut. I use this for quick writing spurts

Apple Music

  • Recently Listened to Albums will grab music you recently listened to and will display the album. Once an album is picked it will play the whole album in it’s entirety.

  • What’s the current Song will display the current playing song with metadata.

  • Play Random Album will look through your current Apple Music library and start playing a random album. The music must be added to your library in order to play.

Time Tracking

  • Timery Controller is a shortcut that will get all of your current Toggl projects and tags. You can then quickly pick from them and start a timer. If a timer is running it will present you with options to stop the timer, look at a report, or pick a new timer. This app requires Timery and Toggl, though a free Toggl account works with it.