Sam Beil

FOMO: You’re not missing out on Apple Shortcuts

Can Apple Shortcuts improve my life? This question always kept coming back to me. Recently, I decided to do something about it. I subscribed to the Automators podcast. I listened to a few episodes. I needed more. The co‑host, Rosemary Orchard, wrote a book called Take Control of Shortcuts. I decided to read it.

It’s good to know that Apple Shortcuts can leverage REST APIs. I don’t have a use case for it right now, but this knowledge can come in handy in the future.

I liked the Actions section of the Build Shortcuts chapter:

Windows (macOS only): Available actions here are Find Windows, Move Window, and Resize Window.

I appreciate the name Magic Variables appearing in the book.

The book didn’t convince me to use Apple Shortcuts but did free me from FOMO, for which I’m forever grateful. Apple Shortcuts are so niche that Apple hasn’t even created a shortcuts store.

Why doesn’t Apple suggest shortcuts based on user activity?

Why don’t apps like RescueTime suggest shortcuts?

March 11, 2024

Tags: fear, missing, out, actions, automations, notifications, fomo