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Day 1 of Personal Automation Challenge

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Welcome to the first day of the Asian Efficiency Automation Challenge. At AE we believe that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your health, family, and things that matter to you to get things done. You should be able to get the important things done in the time you have.

This 5-day Automation Challenge was inspired by all the amazing benefits automation has brought to the AE team and clients we’ve worked with. We’ve seen first-hand how automating repetitive tasks can free up 5-8 hours a week. That’s valuable time that we and our clients use to spend time with family, read more books, and enjoy life to the fullest.

But automation can be a scary topic. Most people think you need coding skills or be technical to automate something. That might be true in 2012, but nowadays it’s really simple and nobody has shown you how to do it.

That’s what led us to start this 5-day Automation Challenge. We want to show you how simple and powerful automation is. Throughout the challenge, you’ll invest 10 minutes each day to set up a simple automation and immediately benefit the time-savings from it (with no coding or tech skills required). If you’ve never automated anything before, then you’re going to love this challenge. For those who have attempted to automate tasks but haven’t made it stick yet, we’ll show you a few cool automations that are easy and will save you time right away.

By the end of this 5-day Automation Challenge, you will have automated at least one task and saved yourself an hour of work. That means for the next year, you’ll save yourself at least 52 hours (if not more). That’s not bad for investing 10 minutes a day for the next 5 days, right?


To motivate you more, we’re going to give away prizes for people who join the challenge. These prizes include:

  1. The Oura Ring (1x) – the best fitness and sleep tracker on the market. It’s better than an Apple Watch, Fitbit and other trackers we’ve tried. ($299 value)
    Oura Ring Black
  2. Apple AirPods (1x) – once you go AirPods, you will never go back to wires. A favorite gadget amongst all AE staff. ($159)
  3. Atomic Habits (3x) – one of our favorite (audio)books on habits. You can choose whether you want the audiobook or hardcover ($20 value).
    Atomic Habits Book

How do you win? By completing the challenge every day and you’ll have to submit proof on the last day that you successfully did it (we ship internationally). We’ll randomly pick the winners by September 9. More details on that later.

Are you in? Let’s dive right in!

Your First Challenge

Your challenge for today is easy. Below is a video that will show you built-in automation features on your Windows and Mac. 99% of people don’t know these features exist but when you use just one of them, you can save yourself tons of time.

For today’s challenge, just watch the video (that’s part of our upcoming Automation Academy course). You don’t have to watch the whole video – just watch the section that’s relevant to you. So if you’re a Mac user, start at [0:55] and watch that 10-minute segment. If you’re a Windows user, start at [12:48] and watch your 10-minute segment.

(And if you use both Windows and Mac, watching it from start to finish will be the best use of your time today.)

The video includes chapter markers (the three bars in the bottom right corner of the video) so you can easily jump around. To summarize:

Mac users: start at [0:55] (Mac Automation)
Windows users: start at [12:48] (Windows Automation)

The following days during this challenge will build upon the foundation of this video. We’ll implement some of the automations that are shown in this video in day 2, 3 and 4. So be sure to watch the video or the rest of the challenge won’t make much sense!

Let us know in the comments below that you’ve watched the video! Ready…set…go!

Update: Day 2 of the challenge is now live.

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Posted by Alex  | September 16, 2019 at 11:37PM | Reply


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Posted by Andrew Guirguis  | September 8, 2019 at 11:08PM | Reply

Late to the take here – have just relocated half way across the world – so there are boxes everywhere around me hahah

Great video summary of some automation features for both mac and iOS

Looking forward to learning more :)

Posted by Karin  | September 5, 2019 at 4:26PM | Reply

Some helpful stuff! Yay Macs!

Posted by Sharon  | September 5, 2019 at 1:22AM | Reply

Excellent demo, visuals, explanations, and examples! Thanks, learned a few new things to implement. : )

Posted by Daniel  | September 4, 2019 at 1:15PM | Reply

Seen! Mac mainly.

Posted by Katie  | September 4, 2019 at 3:26AM | Reply

Mind. Blown. How is it that something so BRILLIANT is so ‘unknown’??

Posted by Kyoungjin Park  | September 3, 2019 at 5:12PM | Reply

I just did it!

Posted by Travis  | September 3, 2019 at 4:32PM | Reply

Did it – Thanks!!

Posted by Matt Baran  | September 3, 2019 at 1:07PM | Reply

All set. This is a big time saver.

Posted by Karen Carloni  | September 3, 2019 at 11:01AM | Reply

This was very helpful. I particularly like the idea of adding project folders to the side bar and using the task scheduler for windows.

Posted by Jesica  | September 3, 2019 at 10:34AM | Reply

And done!

Posted by Gerd  | September 3, 2019 at 8:31AM | Reply

There were quite a few interesting shortcuts and tricks. Glad to have implemented some so far!

Posted by Keith  | September 3, 2019 at 8:26AM | Reply


Posted by Carolyn  | September 3, 2019 at 7:44AM | Reply

Good stuff! Thank you!

Posted by Deb  | September 1, 2019 at 8:21PM | Reply

Learned a few new tricks. Thanks

Posted by Mary M  | September 1, 2019 at 6:31PM | Reply

Yay! I am already using these and have implemented them for my work group.

Posted by Josh  | September 1, 2019 at 2:41PM | Reply

Thanks for sharing this, I knew some of it, but there is a lot of new automation actions I can use!

Posted by Terry Liu  | September 1, 2019 at 2:34PM | Reply

very nice explanation. Listened to the podcast and came here to learn more. Definitely taking the challenge. Already started learning some keyboard shortcuts. Thanks for all you do!

Posted by Joost  | September 1, 2019 at 10:39AM | Reply

This video was great. I thought i knew a lot about Mac, but i learned a lot! The Scan documents with my iPhone to my Mac is fantastic!
Thanks for sharing these gems.

Posted by Ruslan  | September 1, 2019 at 5:43AM | Reply

Hey Guys, thank. you for your work! as a new to MacOS and automation – this is a real gold. Watched from the beginning to the end and played with all features already including IOS shortcuts. More to come / BR / Ruslan

Posted by James  | August 31, 2019 at 7:53AM | Reply

Watched… really helpful stuff, especially the Smart Folders and Automation actions for Mac!

Posted by Paul  | August 31, 2019 at 4:51AM | Reply

I’m in (Windows / Android) – late, but batching :)

I set up Quick Access folders: thanks for that, that was a real hidden pain point for me! Finding out that saved searches / search folders also exist outside of Outlook was also an eye-opener, although in Outlook I’ve kind of stopped using them, as a bespoke search is more targeted and pretty fast if your indexing is up to date and you know the search terms well.

Thinking about Task Scheduler (pinned it to my taskbar, in case any use cases spring to mind).

Posted by Andy Cochrane  | August 31, 2019 at 2:57AM | Reply

Learnt some very useful Windows shortcuts in that video. And the IOS shortcuts as well. I need to investigate further, especially the Windows ones for my work computer.

Posted by Isaak  | August 31, 2019 at 2:33AM | Reply

Great tips, particularly creating the quick access links in Finder and Windows Explorer.

Posted by Christina  | August 31, 2019 at 12:10AM | Reply

Wow, love the idea of automation on the iPhone.

Posted by Julie Bestry  | August 31, 2019 at 12:05AM | Reply

I’ve been using Macs since 1985, and I’m embarrassed to say how long smart folders have been this mysterious entity that I’d never tried out. Thank you, Brooks! You made it so clear.

(And for some reason, I’m not sure I ever realized that creating sidebar favorites wouldn’t move my folder from its original position. It’s obvious, but I think I needed to watch you do it to make it make sense to me.)

Posted by Katey  | August 30, 2019 at 7:44PM | Reply

So much great info! I’m having a lot of fun checking out everything that Automator can do. I had no idea.

Posted by Vicki G  | August 30, 2019 at 6:25PM | Reply

I just saw the “final day” notice (can we say busy week!), so I have a little catching up to do! I watched the video, and loved being reminded about the Task Scheduler. I do have one task that I set up in the past – a reminder to go to bed! I didn’t realize that you can save searches – I’ll have to think of instances where that’ll come in handy!

Posted by Linda  | August 30, 2019 at 6:06PM | Reply

Watched the video. I was already using everything except Direct Actions and Device Camera. I’m still using High Sierra so they’re not available. May get me to update.

Posted by Jason  | August 30, 2019 at 4:35PM | Reply

Done- Had no idea about the Windows “save search” feature.

Posted by Michael  | August 30, 2019 at 4:24PM | Reply

Watched video

Posted by Donna  | August 30, 2019 at 1:02PM | Reply

Creating my own app shortcuts is a huge time saver!! Thanks!!

Posted by Will Harbauer  | August 30, 2019 at 10:11AM | Reply

Got it! Done!

Posted by Alexander Nielsen  | August 30, 2019 at 4:52AM | Reply

Wow! Awesome video!

Posted by Joan  | August 29, 2019 at 11:21PM | Reply

Loving the videos, and excited to learn these hacks. Thanks guys!

Posted by Mark Bologna  | August 29, 2019 at 11:11PM | Reply

I use both Mac and PC daily so this was very useful. I especially like the quick access folders.

Posted by Julie L Mehlow  | August 29, 2019 at 9:29PM | Reply

I guess I need to start journaling. On day 1 &2 I really didn’t want to set that up. I assumed that AE thought it was important to automate it so I’ll start journaling and see if that helps my business.

Posted by Elizabeth Taylor  | August 29, 2019 at 1:56PM | Reply


Posted by Phil Hershkowitz  | August 29, 2019 at 1:13PM | Reply

I watched the video.

Posted by Roger Bussell  | August 29, 2019 at 12:42PM | Reply

Just got to watch this video this morning. Going to jump on the rest today to catch-up. So behind!

Posted by John  | August 29, 2019 at 12:21PM | Reply


Posted by Dennis  | August 29, 2019 at 11:44AM | Reply

Watched the video very informative

Posted by Abigail  | August 29, 2019 at 10:16AM | Reply

Watched the video!

Posted by guy Schofield  | August 29, 2019 at 9:16AM | Reply

Thank you for this series of ‘Hack’s’

i am already saving time

Posted by Jim  | August 29, 2019 at 8:53AM | Reply

Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Christian Stenner  | August 29, 2019 at 12:34AM | Reply

As Don Pavlik and Alice mentioned above, sure there are not many built-in features for automation. But I think it could be helpful for folks to mention a few methods you can use.

Like Don, I use Tasker, too and it is incredibly powerful and definetely worth mentioning. You’ll have to get used to the interface, though…

You can already create lots of automations via IFTTT, too if you are looking for a free option.

And Pushbullet can add some more features and connect phone and desktop.

Would be great if other people shared their Android automation apps here.

Posted by Christian Stenner  | August 29, 2019 at 12:11AM | Reply

I watched the video. Already implemented one of the ideas.

Posted by Dr.Amrita Basu  | August 28, 2019 at 10:49PM | Reply

Watched the video and used the tip on my windows laptop.This is very useful.

Posted by Julia Stewart  | August 28, 2019 at 10:41PM | Reply

That is a lot of info! Glad we will have a few days to put into practice.

Posted by Dave  | August 28, 2019 at 9:35PM | Reply

Great tips – I use Mac, Windows, and iOS so all of this will be useful for me. Really excited to try out smart folders and saved searches. I’ve always wanted to do more with Mac Automator and iOS Shortcuts – this was a great intro.

Posted by Chris  | August 28, 2019 at 6:26PM | Reply

Learned something new. Using Search Folders in Outlook, but didn’t realize Saved Searches was an option in File Explorer. I’ll definitely be utilizing this. If you use the desktop, Fences can do some pretty amazing things and has a Search Folder type functionality.

Posted by Allie  | August 28, 2019 at 5:42PM | Reply

I just watched the video, and will do Day #2 and Day #3 next. I didn’t get the e-mail about this challenge until Day #3, so I’m a bit behind.

Posted by Janeira  | August 28, 2019 at 4:58PM | Reply

This video is great – thank you!

Posted by Anu  | August 28, 2019 at 4:32PM | Reply

Watched the Windows portion of the video.

Posted by Michele  | August 28, 2019 at 2:10PM | Reply

Thanks for the video! Downloaded the shortcut app. Off to play with shortcuts!

Posted by Andrew Fallows  | August 28, 2019 at 11:32AM | Reply

Do I get credit if I had already watched the video before this challenge started? ;)

Anyway, I have watched the video.

Posted by Chris  | August 28, 2019 at 10:57AM | Reply

I was using sidebar already, but no idea how many built-ins are already there! mind blown. can’t wait to put this to use.

Posted by marian phillips  | August 28, 2019 at 10:54AM | Reply

I actually used some of these in a work situation and forgot they existed! The task scheduler and the quick access to folders/files are great way to save time and effort.

Posted by Julia  | August 28, 2019 at 10:52AM | Reply

Woah! Watched the video and am excited to try these shortcuts out!

Posted by Nina  | August 28, 2019 at 10:39AM | Reply

Didn’t even know “search” for files/folders existed!

Posted by shelly  | August 28, 2019 at 10:28AM | Reply

very helpful – love the scanning shortcut

Posted by Mat  | August 28, 2019 at 10:20AM | Reply

Nice reminder how powerful the Finder and Shortcuts can be. Thanks!

Posted by Travis Firth  | August 28, 2019 at 5:17AM | Reply

Watched it….great video!

Posted by Joann  | August 28, 2019 at 5:04AM | Reply

I’ve been meaning to learn Automator. Beats cshell.

Posted by Justus  | August 28, 2019 at 12:56AM | Reply

This video has been an encouragement to dive deeper into automation and use it instead of ‘knowing about it’.

Posted by Ashala Faircrest  | August 28, 2019 at 12:12AM | Reply

I had no idea that the quick access files in Windows could be useful – or amended so that they would be. That tip alone is going to make my computer life simpler and more sane.

Thank you!

Posted by Nicky  | August 27, 2019 at 11:18PM | Reply

Watched the video – I learnt a few new Windows & iOS automation options that I wasn’t aware of before. Thanks

Posted by Heather Milton  | August 27, 2019 at 10:41PM | Reply

Watched the video and already saved minutes today by dragging commonly used folders to the Favorites sidebar. Definitely going to explore Shortcuts some more… I created one a few months ago using Drafts to create a project template in OmniFocus and it was amazing.

Posted by Eileen  | August 27, 2019 at 10:28PM | Reply

I’m glad I watched the video. Love the Scheduler. Thanks.

Posted by Vera  | August 27, 2019 at 10:01PM | Reply

The tips are awesome. Thank you so much.

Posted by Judy  | August 27, 2019 at 9:32PM | Reply

Watched video.

Posted by Daniel R  | August 27, 2019 at 8:43PM | Reply

The AE team is always putting out quality videos, thanks for another practical challenge. Most of these concepts I have heard of previously, but it’s so nice to actually see them in action since I’m more of a visual and tactile learner. Seeing the iOS piece at the end of the video makes me very excited for the upcoming iOS 13 release! I’m a day late, so off to take action on Day 2.

Posted by Joel Thomas  | August 27, 2019 at 8:38PM | Reply

I technically watched this yesterday, but I’m commenting here now just to be sure that I’m not disqualified for the prize drawing at the end of the week.

I just submitted my comment on the day 2 implementation post, but for day 1 I thought that the only requirement was (and I’m directly quoting here) “For today’s challenge, just watch the video. You don’t have to watch the whole video – just watch the section that’s relevant to you.” Glad I went back and double checked this blog post after that lol or I would’ve completely missed that one final line at the very end.

Fingers crossed that I’m still eligible to win one of the prizes, cuz all 3 look to be super useful tools!

Posted by Brian  | August 27, 2019 at 8:33PM | Reply

Watched the video. Lots of great advice! I implemented 2 things right away. Couldn’t do the app shortcut on my work computer because I’m not an administrator but I did everything else. Good stuff!

Posted by Kristin  | August 27, 2019 at 7:39PM | Reply

Creating keyboard shortcuts for apps that don’t have them was the best tip for me!

Posted by Crystal T  | August 27, 2019 at 7:31PM | Reply

My comment didn’t post properly yesterday. But enjoyed the video – had forgotten about using saved searches. Looking forward to day 2! Cheers from Sydney, Australia

Posted by Kimberly Black  | August 27, 2019 at 7:16PM | Reply

Watched the video. Thanks Brooks. Quite a few gems in this Automation video. Excellent presentation.

Posted by SC  | August 27, 2019 at 7:07PM | Reply


Posted by Tiffany  | August 27, 2019 at 7:03PM | Reply

Awesome automation tips! Implementing them now on my work computer and home computer!

Posted by Akwasi Boaten-Sekyerehene  | August 27, 2019 at 6:55PM | Reply

Quite insightful video. It was worth watching

Posted by Ryan  | August 27, 2019 at 5:47PM | Reply

I’ve watched the video for the first challenge! Thank you for the simplicity of the challenge which simply requires us to watch and not also DO. This challenge makes my brain feel good.

Posted by Deborah  | August 27, 2019 at 5:41PM | Reply

Watched Video 1 and thanks for the tips!

Posted by Ralph Hershkowitz  | August 27, 2019 at 4:59PM | Reply

Love the quick access folders. This really helps.

Posted by Bill Johnson  | August 27, 2019 at 4:49PM | Reply

I have been a Windows user for years and never paid any attention to the Task Scheduler! I can certainly find a couple really awesome ways to use it now mainly as it relates to software applications.

Posted by Joyce  | August 27, 2019 at 4:37PM | Reply

I watched the video! Can’t wait to get more tips!!

Posted by Lisbeth  | August 27, 2019 at 4:33PM | Reply

Smart Folders are in deed smart. Thanks for the tip. I use Windows at work and Mac at home, so glad you showed tips for both platforms.

Posted by Dale  | August 27, 2019 at 4:12PM | Reply


Posted by Shirley Yeo  | August 27, 2019 at 3:33PM | Reply

Very interesting. Thank you!

Posted by Ellane  | August 27, 2019 at 3:29PM | Reply

Thanks for the tip about in app shortcuts! That will make a big difference to my workflow?

Posted by Gloria-Jean Brown  | August 27, 2019 at 3:29PM | Reply

WOW – mine dropped off or went into CYBERSPACE. I looked and looked; then counted 244 and I am not one. YIKES. I posted approximately 2:45pm on Monday 26 August 2019. I had related that after hearing Thanh thank on a podcast about using shortcuts – I asked my daughter – where they were on my iPhone 6. She said the first page in your screen. I looked and and OH! – I don’t think so. That didn’t sound like what he was talking about. Fast forward to Brooke demoing the 4 topics of Sidebar; Smart folders; Task Scheduler and App Shortcuts — where at the end he shows the IOS Shortcuts!!!! Well, off I ran to the app store and downloaded – “Shortcuts”. OH, so happy. Love Day 1 and found a new automation to explore (Shortcuts). Learned about Task Scheduler. Looking forward to organizing daily folders and documents with Sidebar and Smart folder. Great Monday.

Posted by Brian  | August 27, 2019 at 3:26PM | Reply

Great Video. I’m looking forward to seeing what else AE has in store for the rest of the week.

Posted by Joe  | August 27, 2019 at 2:27PM | Reply

Good ideas. Most hiding in plain sight. Thanks.

Posted by Cathy  | August 27, 2019 at 2:15PM | Reply

Watched the video and implemented the quick access and smart folders. Super cool.

Posted by Erin Dummer  | August 27, 2019 at 1:56PM | Reply

Watched the video and cannot believe I didn’t know I could drag folders into the Finder sidebar until yesterday. Reengaging with GTD and am thinking this will be a rotating place for my key project folders.

Posted by Erin Dummer  | August 27, 2019 at 1:55PM | Reply

Watched the video and cannot believe I didn’t know I could drag folders into the Finder sidebar until yesterday. Reengaging with GTD and am thinking this will be a rotating place for my key project folders.

Posted by Nenad Vrtunic  | August 27, 2019 at 1:54PM | Reply

I watched the video for Windows. I must admit I wasn’t aware of all of these options.
I’m sure to implement them as I progress with the Personal Automation Challenge!

Posted by James  | August 27, 2019 at 1:46PM | Reply


Posted by Janeson Keeley  | August 27, 2019 at 1:42PM | Reply

I watched the video, and I took some time to play with these automation tips. Thanks for putting these tips out there for us. I’m becoming more Asian Efficient even as I type.👍🏻

Posted by Charlene  | August 27, 2019 at 1:32PM | Reply

Watched. Thanks.

Posted by Katie  | August 27, 2019 at 1:19PM | Reply

Great video. I didn’t know about Task Scheduler. Pretty neat.

Posted by Mark  | August 27, 2019 at 1:17PM | Reply

Great tips. Was not aware of smart folders in Finder.

Posted by DAVID DAVIS  | August 27, 2019 at 1:14PM | Reply

Good information, thanks!

Posted by Rick Salisbury  | August 27, 2019 at 12:52PM | Reply

Wow what a time saver, lingering at the top of file manager- Quick access. I think it might have been called libraries at some point. Very cool, now my desktop is uncluttered = better focus

Posted by Zaf  | August 27, 2019 at 12:43PM | Reply

Done thnaks

Posted by Alex Kashko  | August 27, 2019 at 12:38PM | Reply

For me a video is often the least efficient way to get information.

The time taken tracking back to something I just missed because of distraction means a 10 minute video uses about 30 minutes of my time and I can’t refer to it easily.

A written version is much more easily absorbed

Posted by Helen  | August 27, 2019 at 12:34PM | Reply

I did learn a couple of new automation tips for Mac. Thanks!

Posted by Sharon  | August 27, 2019 at 12:17PM | Reply

Watched your excellent video.

Posted by Shelly  | August 27, 2019 at 12:12PM | Reply

This was awesome! I never knew about the Task Scheduler.

Posted by Peter  | August 27, 2019 at 11:34AM | Reply

Some really good tips. Thank you!

Posted by Liz  | August 27, 2019 at 11:29AM | Reply

Great stuff. The convenience of having frequently used items in the sidebar is such a timesaver. I know Smart Folders will also come in handy as I keep them in mind while working. Thanks for bringing these to my attention.

Posted by Brian  | August 27, 2019 at 11:24AM | Reply

Great video.

Posted by Bob McCabe  | August 27, 2019 at 11:21AM | Reply

Great tips!

Posted by Amrei  | August 27, 2019 at 11:20AM | Reply

Thank you for this awesome video!

Posted by Jesica  | August 27, 2019 at 11:18AM | Reply

Great tips!

Posted by Eric Sinclair  | August 27, 2019 at 11:16AM | Reply

Some nice reminder tips – and good to compare and contrast in my cross-platform style.

Posted by Oliver  | August 27, 2019 at 11:15AM | Reply

OK – definitely learnt something new today – creating shortcuts from menu items. Really helpful – thanks.

Posted by Arber Bajraktari  | August 27, 2019 at 11:08AM | Reply

Watched the video!

Posted by Jen  | August 27, 2019 at 11:02AM | Reply

great tips

Posted by Jeremy  | August 27, 2019 at 10:58AM | Reply

Watched it. Thanks.

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Posted by Jeremy Brown  | August 27, 2019 at 10:43AM | Reply

I loved the Mac shortcuts! Thank you for the video!

Posted by Joe Foltz  | August 27, 2019 at 10:08AM | Reply

The video was great!

Posted by Neil  | August 27, 2019 at 9:53AM | Reply

I was aware of most of these but had forgotten about how useful smart folders can be. Quick Actions on the Mac might also be interesting, will have to do a deeper dive, maybe with the time I save automating other things. :-)

Posted by Andrew  | August 27, 2019 at 9:53AM | Reply

Always something to learn that has been right under your nose the whole time – thanks – have a couple of great assists already

Posted by Chris  | August 27, 2019 at 9:39AM | Reply

Awesome tips! Thanks so much!!

Posted by Chris  | August 27, 2019 at 9:38AM | Reply

Awesome tips!! Thanks so much!!

Posted by Virginia  | August 27, 2019 at 9:36AM | Reply

Thanks so much! I watched the whole thing and learned about task scheduler in Windows. I didn’t know I could do that! Also, shortcuts on my phone? I’m going to try that today.

Posted by BA  | August 27, 2019 at 9:22AM | Reply

I’ve always felt like my Mac abd iPhone do heaps of things that I don’t know about. Now I know some of them. Thank you.

Posted by Vinicius M Pimentel  | August 27, 2019 at 9:05AM | Reply

Learned a lot! Would love to see for iOS too.

Posted by Heidi  | August 27, 2019 at 9:01AM | Reply

Great video! I am excited to use the camera feature.

Posted by Lyne  | August 27, 2019 at 9:01AM | Reply

What I never used is the smart folders and the quick actions, Thank u!

Posted by Jim  | August 27, 2019 at 8:59AM | Reply


Posted by Jose  | August 27, 2019 at 8:58AM | Reply

Didn’t realize all the things I can do just using the native osx tools.

Posted by Brett Caldwell  | August 27, 2019 at 8:56AM | Reply

Great start to the challenge!

Posted by Douwe  | August 27, 2019 at 8:46AM | Reply

Waaauw, Why did I forget those Smart Folder stuff. Why did I just reorganize everything each time it fails. Now It is so easy just make a smart folder and select what I want to see.
Probably it is also possible to make a selection not on sort of file but even on tags or per year or for example photo’s by taken date and camera used… What else is possible. Love the 5 day challenge. already love the first day. Looking forward to the next day.

Posted by Sharon  | August 27, 2019 at 8:38AM | Reply

I use some of the Windows features at work but never thought to use them at home. The saved search will let me group by topic while my actual documents are sorted by year and topic in the folder. This will be great to be able to find all my tax returns in one place but store them in their year file.

Posted by Sherry  | August 27, 2019 at 8:27AM | Reply

Watched the vid (a day late, oops). It actually reminded me to check to see if there was an OS updated on my phone. ;) I also downloaded Shortcuts for my phone. I’m excited to get home tonight and apply the Smart Search option on my laptop. I do genealogy, so having saved searches for each surname I’m researching will be a huge time saver.

Posted by Mica St. George  | August 27, 2019 at 7:58AM | Reply

Watched it. Thanks!!

Posted by Addie  | August 27, 2019 at 7:27AM | Reply

Done. Looking forward to what’s coming next. I knew most of this video already but it helps me think of automation again. What am I doing that I can automate? 🤔

Posted by DFW  | August 27, 2019 at 7:25AM | Reply

Did it!

Posted by Philipp  | August 27, 2019 at 7:10AM | Reply

The video also makes me rethink if I need to have a MacOS device, cool features!

Posted by Arnaldo Piccinelli  | August 27, 2019 at 6:57AM | Reply

As a long-time Mac user, I’m embarrassed that I did not know the last 4 tricks!
I have been using Alfred for years but these built-in tricks were totally new to me. Great job, AE! And thank you so much!!

Posted by Rob  | August 27, 2019 at 6:08AM | Reply

Watched the video. Great tips for both MacOS and Windows.

Posted by Sue  | August 27, 2019 at 6:04AM | Reply

Great tips, thank you!! Not only can I be faster, but be more organised :)

Posted by Laura  | August 27, 2019 at 5:48AM | Reply

So many things in the video that I did not know… or was only using half of. Love smart folders now, before they were a mystery. Thanks!

Posted by Kamil  | August 27, 2019 at 5:45AM | Reply

Im so proud of myself as I have automated almost everything which you mentioned in this video! :)

Posted by Giacomo Pasini  | August 27, 2019 at 5:31AM | Reply

I always find great value on your work. I started with personal automation with iOS 12 and Shortcuts, mainly because I have to use Windows PC at work and at home. In this year after I introduced iPad Pro, i barely use the PC at home just because in Windows there aren’t so many automation possibilities as I have on iOS. What’s really good is that watching all the video I’m discovering all the potential for automation you have with MacOS that I cannot even imagine before. If PadOS won’t really transform the iPad in a laptop substitute I will surely consider to buy my first Mac 🖥
What really sucks is that working in a big corporation doesn’t allow to make any improvement on Win PC I’m using because any personalization is blocked and I can’t install anything and even access the authorization to set keyboard shortcuts has to be approved by IT Administrator 👿. The place where productivity has to be a priority, work, is really keeping me at a low pace.

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Posted by Jesse  | August 27, 2019 at 4:28AM | Reply

Fascinating. Focusing on Windows as my primary work environment. I knew of all these, but really only used, Quick Access folders. Looking forward to using the others…

Posted by Richard  | August 27, 2019 at 3:44AM | Reply

Thank you. Extremely handy!

Posted by Kimi  | August 27, 2019 at 2:55AM | Reply

Wonderful recap of tips! I am on all three platforms and have not yet gotten into shortcuts and Automator because it seemed complicated…but now I am interested in stretching my muscles.

Posted by Tyler  | August 27, 2019 at 2:42AM | Reply

Thanks for the video. Mac and windows user, so very useful.

Posted by JL  | August 27, 2019 at 1:51AM | Reply

Thanks a lot! a good reminder for some tips but also a great discover for the others (add an App shortcuts, or Quick action).

Posted by Steve Finegan  | August 27, 2019 at 1:46AM | Reply

Thanks for the excellent Mac tips!

Posted by Stephen  | August 27, 2019 at 1:23AM | Reply

Nice tips for Mac and iOS. The DND example gave me an idea to add an extra feature to one of the shortcuts I use every day.

Posted by ismael adekunle  | August 27, 2019 at 1:19AM | Reply

i watched the video

Posted by Jaymie Horak  | August 27, 2019 at 1:14AM | Reply

I use a windows at work, and I use my iPhone for most of my personal stuff. I hardly ever use my Mac (maybe once a week, and just to watch Netflix). Would you recommend I watch the Mac pieces too?

Posted by Jennifer  | August 27, 2019 at 1:14AM | Reply

Thanks for letting us know what parts of the video were for Mac vs Windows. Saved me valuable time watching only what was relevant to me.
Look forward to the next few days of automation info.

Posted by Neece  | August 27, 2019 at 1:11AM | Reply

Quite helpful, thank you!
I knew some of these, but I learned a few quick new tips! :)

Posted by Aliya  | August 27, 2019 at 1:07AM | Reply

Wow, thanks a lot!

Posted by Mats  | August 27, 2019 at 12:32AM | Reply

Great tips.

Posted by Lisa Young  | August 27, 2019 at 12:31AM | Reply

Thanks for the first day of the challenge- now I’m trying to decide which environment to use since I use Windows, Mac and iOS! Great tips for all three!

Posted by Daran  | August 27, 2019 at 12:27AM | Reply

Never knew about adding quick actions! Already added one combining pdfs. Got some motivation to create some more automation.

Posted by rebecca  | August 27, 2019 at 12:20AM | Reply

Thanks for the tips; looking forward to the next few days of challenges!

Posted by Raymond  | August 27, 2019 at 12:14AM | Reply

Best way to start my week learning how to energize my day.

Posted by Christine Mc  | August 27, 2019 at 12:02AM | Reply

Great tips for those of us still working in a Windows environment (so often we are used to being left behind when the cool iOS hacks are brought up). I saw a few ideas I think will make immediate sense for me and I’m intrigued in general for these five days.

Posted by JoLou  | August 27, 2019 at 12:01AM | Reply

This is great information. I need to clean up my email to help me more effectively navigate some of these tools!

Posted by Bill Meehan  | August 26, 2019 at 11:43PM | Reply

Heading to shortcuts now….looks interesting

Posted by Gayle  | August 26, 2019 at 11:14PM | Reply

I’ve been using Windows for years and hadn’t heard of a couple of these options. So glad I took the time to watch the video. Now I’m wondering what else I’ve been missing…

Posted by Jasper Jamir  | August 26, 2019 at 11:06PM | Reply

iOS shortcuts is the app that I really need! Great video! Currently experimenting with it now:D

Posted by Ryan Smith  | August 26, 2019 at 11:01PM | Reply

I watched it! That was a great video. I learned a few cool tricks too!! Thanks. Looking forward to this challenge.

Posted by Sandie  | August 26, 2019 at 10:53PM | Reply

I always wondered what smart folders we’re used for. Thank you!!

Posted by Katherine  | August 26, 2019 at 10:43PM | Reply

Watched it and learned something!

Posted by Shelley  | August 26, 2019 at 10:36PM | Reply

Watched the video! Was not aware of saved searches and have not investigated iOS shortcuts yet. Can’t wait to give these a try!

Posted by Alexa  | August 26, 2019 at 10:31PM | Reply

This was interesting but it was too fast for me to absorb and really think about the specific situations when I would use them. Maybe these shortcuts will be the things that we work on this week. I was also confused by the references to other methods (keyboard shortcuts and combining PDFs are two that I recall) that were not part of this video. Was there some other course that preceded this? Also, I use a Mac so only watched that part, but I use Microsoft Word and Excel for Mac. Should I have watched the Windows part, too?

Posted by Anthony J  | August 26, 2019 at 10:29PM | Reply

Watched the video. Have already looked into Smart Folders and Automator but video has inspired to make some more folders and scripts. Definitely will save me some future frustrations…

Posted by Craig Arnoldt  | August 26, 2019 at 10:26PM | Reply

I watched both Mac and Windows and learned a couple of new skills. Thank you.

Posted by Alexa  | August 26, 2019 at 10:25PM | Reply

This was interesting but it was too fast for me to absorb and really think about the specific situations when I would use them. Maybe these shortcuts will be the things that we work on this week. I was also confused by the references to other methods (keyboard shortcuts was one but there were others) that were not part of this video. Was there some other course that preceded this?

Posted by Adelle  | August 26, 2019 at 10:22PM | Reply

Learned a lot, but starting with the folders. My desktop will be so clean and bare soon!

Posted by Anthony  | August 26, 2019 at 10:21PM | Reply

One useful app I learned about today: Task Scheduler. As soon as I learned about this app, I saw immediate potential uses.

The ability to order my computer to automatically carry out a particular task at a time of my choosing is immensely satisfying to wield!

Posted by Shelley  | August 26, 2019 at 10:19PM | Reply

Glad I watched the video! I didn’t know about saved searches and haven’t investigated iOS shortcuts. Excited to play with these new-to-me tools!

Posted by Mairi  | August 26, 2019 at 10:17PM | Reply

Can’t WAIT to put these into action! Great info.

Posted by Michael J. Sweeney  | August 26, 2019 at 10:06PM | Reply

The material and delivery is unequaled. My MBPro just bit the dust so I’m flying with Windows and an iPhone. Thank you for setting the time marker to get right to the windows materials.

I set up a ShortCut on my phone for (3) Things To Do; #1, set aside 5% of every fee to save up for a new MBPro.



Posted by Amy Smith  | August 26, 2019 at 10:05PM | Reply

love the Shortcut for iOS and the camera feature. AirDrop no more!!!

Posted by Tamika Sykes  | August 26, 2019 at 10:04PM | Reply

I actually learned 2 new things I am surprised. I will utilize the smart search and windows task scheduler.

Posted by Lana B  | August 26, 2019 at 9:57PM | Reply

Had no idea about the scheduler feature on windows. Need to brainstorm the best options to use that for

Posted by Behold: The Rob  | August 26, 2019 at 9:48PM | Reply

Also, I kept getting a message: About Wistia – Report Error, and then I got bumped to the top of the comments. How about putting this box at the top of the comments, rather than the bottom, so I can be more (Asian) efficient?

Posted by Moses Kaulaity  | August 26, 2019 at 9:46PM | Reply

I can’t believe I never used smart folders before. They were right there, the whole time! I’m excited to move forward :D :D:D

Posted by Ross  | August 26, 2019 at 9:38PM | Reply

Great video, appreciate the iOS shortcuts feature at the end.

Posted by Greg  | August 26, 2019 at 9:38PM | Reply

Really looking forward to checking out the task scheduler. Thanks for the video.

Posted by Chandler Anderson  | August 26, 2019 at 9:28PM | Reply

That scan documents feature from iPhone to Mac is awesome! Def more straightforward than using a scanning app and exporting to Photos / waiting to sync…

Posted by Thom Gilman  | August 26, 2019 at 9:24PM | Reply

Watched it. Thank you.

Posted by Bob  | August 26, 2019 at 9:24PM | Reply

OK – that encourages me to start playing with automator and some windows tricks (if I have permissions).

Posted by Thom Gilman  | August 26, 2019 at 9:23PM | Reply

Watched it. I would like more Windows tools. Disappointed they haven’t created more native tools for things like text expansion.

Posted by Andrew Baston  | August 26, 2019 at 9:14PM | Reply

I watched the video!

Posted by Dan  | August 26, 2019 at 9:12PM | Reply

Great video and a good reminder of the built-in automation tools that I tend to forget. Clever use of smart folders in the Finder sidebar!

Posted by Adam Hill  | August 26, 2019 at 9:08PM | Reply

Thanks! I use Windows Sidebar religiously and found the Windows App Shortcut section most helpful. I set some up already that I look forward to start using.

Posted by JENNIFER FROST  | August 26, 2019 at 9:02PM | Reply

So excited to get organized with the smartfolders!! Thank for the tips.

Posted by Francisco Sacheri  | August 26, 2019 at 9:01PM | Reply

Crear video, Lots of stuff didn’t know:)

Posted by KC  | August 26, 2019 at 8:57PM | Reply

Watched it, thanks!

Posted by Jenson  | August 26, 2019 at 8:57PM | Reply

Thank for the video! Excellent reminders of stuff I’d seen before. I’m definitely going to be using continuity camera, if nothing but to wow my wife. :)

Posted by Julie Holland  | August 26, 2019 at 8:47PM | Reply

I came, I watched…hopefully I will conquer!

Posted by Kathy  | August 26, 2019 at 8:45PM | Reply

I look forward to digging into this more!

Posted by Amanda P.  | August 26, 2019 at 8:41PM | Reply

This video was great. Where I work getting additional software is a rough road to walk- so utilizing what we already have is paramount. What excited me the most was the iOS shortcuts because I can control my own destiny a little more in regards to personal productivity regardless of what I can and cannot do using work equipment.

Posted by Paul  | August 26, 2019 at 8:35PM | Reply

I started off thinking that I knew this stuff already but soon I started seeing some really cool and useful things, not so much the tools but the ways that they were being used. Looking forward to the next instalment!

Posted by Mike  | August 26, 2019 at 8:17PM | Reply

Watched it! Shortcuts looks like an interesting tool

Posted by John Sepples  | August 26, 2019 at 8:02PM | Reply

Thanks for sharing windows automation. They look like such simple things to do, but I didn’t know about the features until now. I already turned on clipboard history.

Posted by Susannah  | August 26, 2019 at 7:52PM | Reply

Looking forward to setting up some shortcuts!

Posted by Vaughn  | August 26, 2019 at 7:48PM | Reply

Thanks – PC folders helpful

Posted by Aaron  | August 26, 2019 at 7:48PM | Reply

I know a lot of devs who would, like me, find the ability to add short cuts to trigger apps extremely useful! (I already set one up for vscode)

Posted by Ian  | August 26, 2019 at 7:37PM | Reply

This was really great. I didn’t know about most of the Mac features on here before watching and set up some new folders in my side-bar.

Posted by Phil Charles  | August 26, 2019 at 7:31PM | Reply

cool shortcuts, will save a lot of time

Posted by Art  | August 26, 2019 at 7:23PM | Reply

Enjoyable. Some good tips. Use PC at work but Apple by choice. Good tips on all platforms.

Posted by Jon  | August 26, 2019 at 7:13PM | Reply

Watched the first video throughout. I definitely need to use more of the iOS shortcuts feature! Will play around with it some. Looking forward to the upcoming videos.

Posted by Jason Buck  | August 26, 2019 at 7:11PM | Reply

Watched. thanks

Posted by Marc  | August 26, 2019 at 7:07PM | Reply

Watched it — thanks!

Posted by Marc  | August 26, 2019 at 7:05PM | Reply

Watched — thanks!

Posted by Ann  | August 26, 2019 at 7:03PM | Reply

Watched the video an can’t wait to get to work tomorrow to try out some Windows short cuts.

Posted by Cordell BaanHofman  | August 26, 2019 at 6:57PM | Reply

Any of these tactic work on Pixelbook or Chromebook? We’ve switched over completely and no longer have Win or Mac.

Posted by Adele  | August 26, 2019 at 6:56PM | Reply

So many great features that I don’t use! It is really helpful to have these explained, thank you. Looking forward to the coming days and to putting these helpful tips into action.

Posted by Harriett Richard  | August 26, 2019 at 6:49PM | Reply

I watched the video. My operating system on my MAC is so old that I can not automate almost anything. I was able to only use the 1st item.

The text replacement works well!

Thank you.

Posted by Martin Richards  | August 26, 2019 at 6:46PM | Reply

Video #1 Done!
Now to start sussing out what Tasks I’m gonna schedule…..and what App shortcuts I need! ;)
Bring on the rest of the week!

Posted by caroline  | August 26, 2019 at 6:42PM | Reply

I am clueless about the features of my PC. Thanks for the simple tutorial!

Posted by John Buck  | August 26, 2019 at 6:25PM | Reply

Wow I thought I was using a lot of features, that Smart Folder Search is terrific, and I think setting up Shortcuts for regular programs will be awesome :-)

Posted by Julie Mehlow  | August 26, 2019 at 6:23PM | Reply

I didn’t know I could make my own shortcut keys. However Excel would not let me chance it from none

Posted by Scott  | August 26, 2019 at 6:23PM | Reply

watched. thanks.

Posted by Kerri Slate  | August 26, 2019 at 6:20PM | Reply

Great video!!

Posted by Bryan Thompson  | August 26, 2019 at 6:18PM | Reply

Great stuff. Watched the whole way through. Looking forward to upcoming days! 😄

Posted by Linda  | August 26, 2019 at 6:10PM | Reply

After watching the video I realize I have seriously underutilized my Mac computer. I look forward to putting some of these tools to use.

Posted by DONNA VON NIEDA  | August 26, 2019 at 6:09PM | Reply

Watched the video and will try implementing the smart folders. Thanks!

Posted by Lisa notes  | August 26, 2019 at 6:07PM | Reply

Watched the video. I never knew what a smart folder was, but now I do. I’d also like to set up some shortcuts of repetitive commands I use. Thanks!

Posted by Jacob  | August 26, 2019 at 6:04PM | Reply

After watching the video, I realized that I already use some of these, but I not to their full extent. For example, I use the tasks scheduler at work to set up repeated backups and the like, but it didn’t occur to me to use it for personal automation. Sometimes, we have the tool in our hands, and even use it, but just not as much as we could!

Posted by Trevor  | August 26, 2019 at 6:00PM | Reply

Quick Actions by Automator!

Posted by Art  | August 26, 2019 at 5:59PM | Reply

Some helpful information. I have to use windows, choose to use Mac so had helpful tips on all ends.

Posted by Rob Blankenship  | August 26, 2019 at 5:56PM | Reply

Great video

Posted by Samantha Evans  | August 26, 2019 at 5:50PM | Reply

Watched for Windows

Posted by Tom  | August 26, 2019 at 5:47PM | Reply

I had no idea there were so many in-house productivity apps and shortcuts on the Mac!! This is gamechanging

Posted by Federico Guerra  | August 26, 2019 at 5:45PM | Reply

Watched the video! Thank you! Very useful insights.

Posted by CG  | August 26, 2019 at 5:41PM | Reply

Brilliant video. I didn’t know about half of these tools and will definitely be trying them out.

Posted by Melissa Dease  | August 26, 2019 at 5:39PM | Reply

Task Scheduler was interesting. I kind of already do this but through Outlook reminders. iOS shortcuts was a surprise. Haven’t decided yet what to try.

Posted by Bryan Yang  | August 26, 2019 at 5:35PM | Reply

Watched the video, windows stuff was especially useful

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Posted by Joseph  | August 26, 2019 at 5:34PM | Reply

Love these – especially like the smart folder on Mac. Doing lots of video work for doctors and keeping them all separated and in front of me at the right time is huge. This will be great when I begin to add each of our 40 therapists as well!! It’s always these seemingly small things that help the most

Posted by Brady Walker  | August 26, 2019 at 5:22PM | Reply

Mind = blown. I’m such a Luddite, but just being able to use my iPhone camera directly with my computer is incredible to me. I couldn’t think of any shortcuts I need offhand, but as a podcast producer, I’m sure I’m going to be making shortcuts like crazy for the next month.

Posted by STEVEN OLIVER  | August 26, 2019 at 5:19PM | Reply

Watched the video, learn a few things…thanks!

Posted by Paul  | August 26, 2019 at 5:17PM | Reply

Amazing—had no idea of the depth and breadth of what is at my fingertips. Now I need to find the time to implement. :)

Posted by Joe  | August 26, 2019 at 5:16PM | Reply

Watched the first video. Very excited about automation after I spent most of my summer reorganizing my music sampe library.

Posted by Leo Gift  | August 26, 2019 at 5:04PM | Reply

Nice Tips.

Posted by Eric  | August 26, 2019 at 5:04PM | Reply

Watched it!

Posted by Leo Gift  | August 26, 2019 at 5:02PM | Reply

Nice Tips. I use quick access already but did not know about the shortcut to the apps.

One thing I noticed about quick access is that you need to keep purging your folders otherwise document explorer will take time to open

Posted by Leo Gift  | August 26, 2019 at 5:01PM | Reply

Nice Tips especially the Application short cuts.

One thing what I have noticed in Quick access is that you will need to keep purging it. Otherwise when you open documents it will take time to open

Posted by Jenny S  | August 26, 2019 at 4:54PM | Reply

I use Windows and didn’t know about Task Manager. Thanks for the great information.

Posted by Sushma Manava  | August 26, 2019 at 4:43PM | Reply

I used windows for my work and I’ve only used Quick access before. I really need to think about really leveraging Saved Searches and Task Manager. Love this video and it is especially handy as I just started a new role and I can start fresh and think about my daily work through an automation lens. THANK YOU.

Posted by James Short  | August 26, 2019 at 4:34PM | Reply

I watched the video!

Posted by Jennifer Willis-Rivera  | August 26, 2019 at 4:28PM | Reply

This was very helpful. I was unaware of quite a few of these, so I’m looking forward to integrating many of them. I immediately jumped on the smart folders and the shortcuts app in IOS. Thank you for the tips!

Posted by Rafal  | August 26, 2019 at 4:28PM | Reply

Cool. Looking firward to the next one.

Posted by Jennifer  | August 26, 2019 at 4:21PM | Reply

Oh my goodness. Smart Folders are so awesome. I spend too much time searching for documents. Thank you!!!

Posted by Sanjay  | August 26, 2019 at 4:14PM | Reply

Watched! I am currently using many of the Mac and few of the Windows automation tools. Look forward to seeing the others!

Posted by Alex  | August 26, 2019 at 4:01PM | Reply

Great video’s. Challenge to use the shortcuts consistently, otherwise I tend to forget them… Great refresher.

Posted by Aneesh Ghosh  | August 26, 2019 at 3:59PM | Reply

Watched it. I was already using side bar favorites and smart folders in Mac. However the ease of automation using Automators and Shortcuts was a revelation, thanks.

Posted by Lori  | August 26, 2019 at 3:58PM | Reply

Nice! I use sidebar favorites quite a bit, but Smart Folders are new to me and will be really useful. And I’ve been meaning to dig into Shortcuts on my iPhone.

Posted by Charles Mason  | August 26, 2019 at 3:56PM | Reply

watched it!

Posted by Colin  | August 26, 2019 at 3:54PM | Reply

Just watched this and look forward to see how the rest of the week is going to unravel.

Posted by Ovi  | August 26, 2019 at 3:52PM | Reply

Great educational video. Thanks for sharing these very useful tips. Looking forward for many more.

Posted by Bonita Kypros  | August 26, 2019 at 3:51PM | Reply

I have utilized some of these options but I’m excited about the Task Scheduler which I was unaware of! I have not thoroughly finished the video as I like to take handwritten notes but I wanted to comment in case I cannot finish this evening.

A great evening to all!

Bonnie aka
The Possibility Architect

Posted by Jan  | August 26, 2019 at 3:51PM | Reply

Good video. Can definitely use the Favorite Folders feature.

Posted by Jodie  | August 26, 2019 at 3:41PM | Reply

Watched. Thanks!

Posted by Steve Woodfield  | August 26, 2019 at 3:40PM | Reply

I watched the whole video as I use all three OS. Some great insight into the embedded automation functionality which whets the appetite for the rest of the course.

Posted by Joshua  | August 26, 2019 at 3:36PM | Reply

Holy wow – I thought I would just be reviewing old ground, but that control of the phone camera from the mac laptop is going to save me TONS of time! Thank you!

Posted by Erzsebet  | August 26, 2019 at 3:35PM | Reply

I watched the video. I use Windows OS so thanks for that part, too. :)

Posted by Mackensie  | August 26, 2019 at 3:31PM | Reply

Watched the video! Loved the Mac automations. The Smart Folder is awesome; I think I’ll be using that feature just to do advanced searches (file name contains, the file type, etc) since just searching in Finder I find myself scrolling a ton through the results looking for a specific file.

Posted by Sanders  | August 26, 2019 at 3:28PM | Reply

Done! Video watched.

Posted by Don Pavlik  | August 26, 2019 at 3:28PM | Reply

I have watched the video. Was reminded of somethings that I had forgotten and found that there is a tool for Android that works like ShortCuts for iOS, it is Tasker( I have used this to turn off my wifi when I get to work and send notifications.

Thank you for this video, and I will have to take some time to think about applications where I can apply these tips.

Posted by Shank  | August 26, 2019 at 3:28PM | Reply

Watched the video. Useful as always

Posted by Christian Handler  | August 26, 2019 at 3:24PM | Reply

Great introduction. Happy to be on the Mac side of life

Posted by Gloria-Jean Brown  | August 26, 2019 at 3:21PM | Reply

WOW – so timely. Watched the windows portion (12:48). I had hear Thanh mention he uses shortcuts a lot on a recent video. I asked my Daughter what she knew. She said there is a shortcut list at the beginning of your phone. She showed me what she meant – I said Oh – OK? I don’t think that is what was referenced. But didn’t know where to secure a better answer. And today I have it!! I have downloaded ShortsCuts from the app store thanks to Brooke’s demo under “App Shortcuts – iPhone info”. I did not know about the Task Scheduler until today. Certainly with the Sidebar Favorites and Smart Folder – I can now be more creative and organized. GREAT Day 1.

Posted by GT  | August 26, 2019 at 3:17PM | Reply

Good refresher for windows, but I’m still on Win 7 at work, so some of the instructions/names of things are slightly different. Don’t forget about us that are still living on the trailing edge!

Posted by Samuel D Wall  | August 26, 2019 at 3:15PM | Reply

You know…I don’t use my computer as much as I used to.

And I don’t have any Mac products.

I could still apply some if the ideas, though.

Posted by Angela Langlotz  | August 26, 2019 at 3:11PM | Reply

Enjoyed the video; learned something new. Thank you.

Posted by Tor  | August 26, 2019 at 3:05PM | Reply

Watched the video. Would be nice if I could use some of the Windows options in work; unfortunately our laptops are so locked down … I will use the Apple ecosystems options!

Posted by Sander  | August 26, 2019 at 3:00PM | Reply

Watched and refreshed memory

Posted by Patricia  | August 26, 2019 at 2:56PM | Reply

Watched it, thanks for refreshing my memory! I should definitely tweak my Smart folders, don’t use them enough.

Posted by Colin  | August 26, 2019 at 2:54PM | Reply

Love the information. Great Stuff, I can’t wait for the rest of the week.

Posted by Theo Bell  | August 26, 2019 at 2:50PM | Reply

I had never even thought of Smart Folders for Mac although I used them all the time in Mac Mail. Thanks for the tips!

Posted by Teresa  | August 26, 2019 at 2:50PM | Reply

Watched! I’m running on Windows and I knew about pinning folders for quick access (though I don’t use it as much as I should) but the task scheduler sounds amazingly useful!

Posted by Dimash  | August 26, 2019 at 2:48PM | Reply

Thanks. I really wondered from this app. If I have some question about challenges , where I should ask?

Posted by Jo  | August 26, 2019 at 2:46PM | Reply

Watched! And now I’m gonna play with Animator :)

Posted by Dimash  | August 26, 2019 at 2:45PM | Reply

Very useful app for iOS . I do not knew about it before. Thank . But if I’m have some question about challenges , where I should ask?

Posted by Tom Tonkin  | August 26, 2019 at 2:41PM | Reply

Even the smallest little tip can help. I have implemented the continuity function and some new smart folders. Thank you


Posted by Robyn  | August 26, 2019 at 2:38PM | Reply

I ‘ve used the Quick access but not to the extent you show. These will be great additions to my arsenal!

Posted by Gordon Lanpher  | August 26, 2019 at 2:36PM | Reply

I love the app shortcuts for Windows will help me greatly.

Posted by Shaun  | August 26, 2019 at 2:29PM | Reply

Good video. Did not know about saved searches in Windows and the DND ios shortcut was an interesting idea

Posted by Keith  | August 26, 2019 at 2:28PM | Reply

Very six synced yet illuminating. Who would’ve thought of using the navigator bar to work FOR me.? Very useful tips overall.

Posted by Maarten  | August 26, 2019 at 2:18PM | Reply

Great idea , i like them end use some already.

Posted by Melissa Kinkaid  | August 26, 2019 at 1:59PM | Reply

Thank you so much! Awesome tips! I’ve already set up shortcuts for my Chrome and Outlook and can’t wait to get to scheduling some task. Looking forward to tomorrows video :)

Posted by Cindi Gay  | August 26, 2019 at 1:56PM | Reply

I already use a lot of this in Finder but I forgot all about Smart Folders. Thanks!

Posted by Peter  | August 26, 2019 at 1:56PM | Reply

A great video to start the challenge. Easy to accomplish and at the same time showing “the possible power of automation” in macOS. For a long time I use all the mentioned macOS topics. So nothing new so far.
But no problem to me, I understand that this is a challenge for “automation novices” as well as for experienced “automators”.

All the best for the next 4 days, looking forward to day 2.

Posted by Jason M.  | August 26, 2019 at 1:56PM | Reply

Some good tips and reminders of ones I’d forgotten. Enjoyed todays podcast as well.

Posted by Frederic Jean-Bart  | August 26, 2019 at 1:55PM | Reply

Watched the video and never used the shortcuts before! Thanks!

Posted by Scott  | August 26, 2019 at 1:53PM | Reply

Watched the video! Good stuff

Posted by Gerry Ann  | August 26, 2019 at 1:52PM | Reply

Completed the Mac part… after a lunch break I’ll finish the IOS section. Thank you!

Posted by Jesse  | August 26, 2019 at 1:49PM | Reply

Watched the video. Good tips! I liked application short cuts best.

Posted by Mascha  | August 26, 2019 at 1:45PM | Reply

Thanks, very interesting!
I just re-ordered my Finder’s navigation bar, and I wonder why I’ve never thought of that before. I added the Split PDF quick task and created a smart folder to find all my ePub-files. I didn’t create a shortcut yet, because I’m still thinking about which one would be useful. Great stuff!

Posted by Jodi  | August 26, 2019 at 1:45PM | Reply

Very helpful! Honestly I’ve always ignored the Quick Access folders, but now I know I will use that a lot. Found a number of things very useful and easy to implement right away – I want to play with shortcuts a lot more, too. Thanks!

Posted by Franklin Thomas  | August 26, 2019 at 1:44PM | Reply

I watched the video.

I was already using the Sidebar favorites. I like the App Shortcuts. The tips that Tommy Williams gave are good too. Looking forward to the next video.

Posted by Brian C  | August 26, 2019 at 1:43PM | Reply

I watched thanks!

Posted by Doug  | August 26, 2019 at 1:42PM | Reply

Watched. Very helpful. Focused, thorough, and extremely practical.

Posted by Sharon  | August 26, 2019 at 1:36PM | Reply

Watched the video… already use sidebar but think I’ll expand for project use…great idea. Also thinking of ways to use smart folders. Task scheduler seems kind of fun… now I’ll see if I ignore the reminders : ) App shortcuts doesn’t seem worth the effort since the programs I use all the time are already in my bottom taskbar so one-click opens them. I’ve read Atomic Habits, it’s a great book and I follow James blogs. Thanks all

Posted by Amy  | August 26, 2019 at 1:35PM | Reply

I watched the video! Very helpful as i use both windows and Mac.

Posted by Drew  | August 26, 2019 at 1:32PM | Reply

Thank you so much for theses tips!

Posted by Matt Diffey  | August 26, 2019 at 1:29PM | Reply

An intersting watch, most of them I either knew or don’t have too much use for (usually because I do similar things already)

Task scheduler is useful, but I tend to find it more useful to have those sorts sorts of “do a thing” notifications on my phone – my alarm app has a function to open an app after dismissing the alarm which is a great way to get me to do something I’d usually put off and forget about (e.g. an alarm that opens MyFitnessPal to track my lunch at 2pm or Coda to do my daily journal at 10pm).

I’d be interested if there are ways to do this smoothly through Chrome extensions – I split my PC time pretty evenly between Windows, Mac OS and Chrome OS so being able to unify that would be a huge help.

Posted by Roy  | August 26, 2019 at 1:28PM | Reply

Enjoyed the video. Have used smart folders in the past but have gotten away from it (how did that happen?). Now energized to start up again. Looking forward to making quick actions work.

Posted by Grace Carter  | August 26, 2019 at 1:27PM | Reply

Done! Listened to the windows automation sections. Very informative. I will try today! Thanks!

Posted by Bennie  | August 26, 2019 at 1:27PM | Reply

Well worth watching! Thanks for putting this together.

Posted by Brian Thesing  | August 26, 2019 at 1:25PM | Reply

I watched it as well. Thank you.

Posted by Lee Z.  | August 26, 2019 at 1:20PM | Reply

Watched the video. As always, you provide productive, real world usages that are straight forward to implement. Looking forward to the automation course.

Posted by Gary  | August 26, 2019 at 1:19PM | Reply

Really good video. I especially liked the final section on iOS shortcuts. I’ve really started using some from the gallery.

Posted by Lauren  | August 26, 2019 at 1:14PM | Reply

Is it possible to participate while using a Google Chromebook and phone?

Posted by Sam  | August 26, 2019 at 1:12PM | Reply

Watched the video – thanks for the tips!

Posted by Jon  | August 26, 2019 at 1:07PM | Reply


Posted by Veronica  | August 26, 2019 at 1:03PM | Reply

Thank you for sharing these tips! Learned something interesting for most of the devices I use. Now to make a note to look into tags, and maybe how to integrate android with mac and PC. :P

Posted by Kim  | August 26, 2019 at 1:00PM | Reply

Amazing as always guys! Wish i could be in your Dojo to receive all these tips daily! ;)
Im going to add more shortcuts today!
My Mac iPad and Phone thank you!

Posted by Jon  | August 26, 2019 at 12:53PM | Reply

Thanks did not know about Smart Folders in the Sidebar. This will be a timesaver for sure.

Posted by jesse  | August 26, 2019 at 12:52PM | Reply

watched the video — learned a few new windows things.

Posted by Robin  | August 26, 2019 at 12:49PM | Reply

Was interesting and useful. thank you

Posted by Richard Fosmoen  | August 26, 2019 at 12:45PM | Reply

Great beginning video guys, learned some new stuff!

While I was watching I did a few of my own “Shortcuts”. Is there a place where your viewers can contribute idea for you or your other members?

Thx again and great job,

Posted by Greg  | August 26, 2019 at 12:43PM | Reply

Watched the video, I’m very excited to see what I can automate on my iOS device!

Posted by Ingrid  | August 26, 2019 at 12:37PM | Reply

Do we have to be using Windows or Mac to participate? I use linux at home and at work the vast majority of the time.

Thanks much!

Posted by Eric B  | August 26, 2019 at 12:34PM | Reply


Posted by Bill  | August 26, 2019 at 12:34PM | Reply

I watched the video. think the shortcut key is going to be HUGE for me. I had no idea how easy it is to set up.

Posted by Juliet  | August 26, 2019 at 12:29PM | Reply

Watched! Thank you. I always have this nagging feeling like my Mac has all of these capabilities that I’m not scratching the surface of, so this is a good start:-)

Posted by Amelia  | August 26, 2019 at 12:27PM | Reply

These look great… too bad they don’t work on Macs that can’t run Mojave!

Posted by Jessica Ryan  | August 26, 2019 at 12:17PM | Reply

Watched the video. Now I’m excited to take photos on my iPhone with my Mac. 🤩🤩

Posted by Jerry  | August 26, 2019 at 12:17PM | Reply

Good tips. Wasn’t aware of task scheduler.

Posted by Lane  | August 26, 2019 at 12:15PM | Reply

Watched! I don’t use smart folders enough. This started some good thoughts.

Posted by Jeremy  | August 26, 2019 at 12:12PM | Reply

Wow, awesome Windows tips. Things I generally knew about, but never stopped to figure out how they might be useful to me. Thanks, looking forward to the next few days.

Posted by Tommy Williams  | August 26, 2019 at 12:11PM | Reply

Watched the video.

On Windows, you can also access the first 10 items on the taskbar with Windows key shortcuts: Win-1, Win-2, … all the way up to Win-0.

Keep your most-used apps pinned to the taskbar in the order you use them, and you can easily switch among them. I keep my text editor at Win-1, the terminal at Win-2, and so forth.

Posted by Ankit  | August 26, 2019 at 12:08PM | Reply

Awesome automations for the day 1. I was using all the Mac ones and was experimenting with Automator before I lost my macbook to a theft. Now that I am using a windows one, most of them are already on my system. thanks for the reminder.

Posted by Brain Sutcliffe  | August 26, 2019 at 12:07PM | Reply

Awesome, some useful tips for sure. Looking forward to the rest of the week’s challenges.

Posted by Katie  | August 26, 2019 at 12:05PM | Reply

Watched it!
I’m a reluctant Windows user at work so hopefully these will help!

Posted by Tadej Kobal  | August 26, 2019 at 12:03PM | Reply

Some very good tips regarding using Windows which I will implement to save some minutes per day.

Posted by Vickie  | August 26, 2019 at 11:43AM | Reply

Watched the video. I’m using most of these but being able to set app-specific keyboard shortcuts on my Mac was new to me. Enjoyed the ‘bonus’ iOS info at the end!

Posted by Noah R  | August 26, 2019 at 11:30AM | Reply

Great video, with many easy to implement suggestions. I’m already using the Sidebar Favorites, but the create your own app shortcuts is going to be a game changer for me. I’m looking forward to the next video and learning something new!

Posted by Andy  | August 26, 2019 at 10:51AM | Reply

Certainly some useful advice. Thanks. Looking forward to Day 2.

Posted by Cassandra  | August 26, 2019 at 10:24AM | Reply

Thank you for your tips. I regularly use the quick access sidebar in windows but have never heard of the task scheduler or the saved searches. Very useful!

Posted by Judy  | August 26, 2019 at 10:04AM | Reply

Game changing. I set up the task programmer and organized my files immediately. Thanks so much.

Posted by Chris  | August 26, 2019 at 9:56AM | Reply

Watched the video. Most of these things I am already utilizing. Hope there is more this coming week to help automate.

Posted by Charles Riley King  | August 26, 2019 at 9:38AM | Reply

Some good reminders of options in Windows. Not sure what to implement

Posted by Alice  | August 26, 2019 at 8:45AM | Reply

Watched the video; I wish there were more Windows and Android options that were built in, but I guess that’s the price I pay for not being part of the iOS ecosystem.

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