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Discussion on: Is there a manual task in your life that you have automated which now saves you time?

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Erick Ruiz de Chavez

I like to think automation drives my life, from mundane tasks to more complex tasks on my job. To give you some examples:

  • All my home lights are automated with different schedules and react to different events during the day (sunrise, sunset, specific hours, presence).
  • The door we use more often is also automated to lock unlock itself based on our presence.
  • In this season, decorative lights are also automated.
  • My phone runs a task every day to enable/disable my alarm based on my work schedule/holidays/time off.
  • I wrote a GitHub/Slack integration for our team to save not just me but all of us time on assigning code reviews and notifying review state.
  • I have some scripts to link/unlink some folders based on what I am working on and have consistent file paths.
  • Also, I use heavily Keyboard Maestro, Alfred, Text Expander, and Hazel to automate different workflows, like opening different URLs based on environments, switching URLs from content to edit versions, trigger other automations, interact with web sites, move files or delete folders automatically, clean up screenshots from my desktop, etc.

Feel free to ask me if you are interested in more specific details.

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Saloni Goyal Author

Thanks for this list Erick.
All the lights are smart lights I am assuming right?

The Github/Slack integration is really useful. Someone in our team also did it and we rely on it extensively now.

I had to google all these tools XD Will give them a try too. Will probably get back here with a lot of questions post trying them.

But if you do had to pick one of these, or anything else that you have automated, what would you says saves you most time and energy? Asking since anyone else also who reads it might try out at least that one thing. ^^

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Erick Ruiz de Chavez

All the lights are smart lights I am assuming right?

Correct. I have a bunch of ZigBee and some Z-Wave IoT devices I have purchased over the years, and my home automation platform of choice is Hubitat. It runs 100% local with option to cloud access and it beats EVERY single other platform I have tested in the past in terms of speed and reliability ⭐️.

I had to google all these tools XD Will give them a try too. Will probably get back here with a lot of questions post trying them.

And I'll be more than happy to answer them if I happen to know the answers 👍🏻.

But if you do had to pick one of these, or anything else that you have automated, what would you says saves you most time and energy?

If I had to pick just one, it would probably be Alfred with its Power Pack 🤓. I use it A LOT on a daily basis to open different programs (or switch to them), run custom workflows, and even works as a very powerful clipboard manager; I have also used Alfred in the past for text expansion and it is also pretty good at it.