There are only so many hours in the day and we should be ensuring that we don’t waste any of this precious time. While connecting a wireless sensor to a wireless light recently I started to think about how much time that we actually do waste every day on random tasks that can’t always be avoided even though they are usually far from being mission critical to life.
This seems really crazy to me and so I decided that 2018 will be the year of automation. From now on I’m going to cut out as many unnecessary activities as possible and automate as many tasks as possible. I’ll share as many of these as I can where I feel that they may be useful to you guys also.
I’m going to start with an automation for dealing with LinkedIn requests. I’m sure I’m not unique when I say that there’s nothing I find more irritating about LinkedIn than receiving cold LinkedIn invitations from strangers that don’t include a brief message to provide context for why the invite has been sent? Ok, to be fair, LinkedIn is probably often to blame for this but that doesn't make it any less irritating an occurrence.
Largely because I like to be nice, but also because I always enjoy meeting new people, I always write a little note after accepting a connection request on LinkedIn, so that I can better understand why the person wanted to connect with me. These notes used to just contain a brief salutation but I’ve recently upgraded them to include a question to establish context and a call to action in the form of inviting the “cold caller” to take a look at my Instagram profile.
Writing such notes takes time though and so, with my new found ‘automation goal’ in mind, I decided to automate this activity. Now when I go to write one of these responses to a random LinkedIn message all I have to do is type “Li” and ‘presto’: “Thanks for getting in touch … — did you have something specific you wanted to discuss? Look forward to hearing from you, Richard P.S. Have you followed me on Instagram yet?”
Here’s how you can use this text replacement tool to help automate social media responses when responding to messages from unknown sources:
One of the coolest things about this feature is that once you set it up on your phone, your text shortcuts will also be available on your other Apple devices provided they are all logged into iCloud. Pretty cool eh?!
Maybe it’s not always so great to automate the process of writing a note to somebody, however, I feel in circumstances where so many people seem to trawl around LinkedIn wanting to connect for “no reason other than maybe needing to know you one day in the future” I think it’s ok to automate the process of establishing this context!
Any awesome automation shortcuts you couldn’t live without? Or if you have any suggestions for things you’d like to me figure out how best to automate, or you’d like to set me some crazy automation challenges, then message me here!