Simplify Repetitive Calculations with Shortcuts - How I Calculate Aliquots

This shortcut for the Shortcuts app allows me to save precious seconds and reduces the possibility of human error when I am aliquoting sensitive materials by quickly converting a measured absorbance of a stock solution to the volume that I need to add to each aliquot. It asks for the data it needs and then presents the output exactly as I want to copy it into my lab book. If this is something you need to do in your work, I hope it saves you some time! Even if this isn't something that applies to your work, think about what kind of repetitive calculations you could simplify using a similar shortcut. Take a look at how I built this shortcut to see how you could make this strategy work for you!

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Speeding Up Consumables Orders with Shortcuts on iOS

In my lab, I'm responsible for placing the orders for chemicals we need. To make sure this takes up as little of my research time as possible, I've implemented a couple of automations that I use in the Shortcuts app on my iPhone or iPad. This helps me consolidate the list of items that my labmates need me to order in one place, then quickly retrieve those items one by one when I'm ready to place the order.

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A Pair of Shortcuts to Log Podcast Episodes in Airtable and Play One at Random in Overcast

Use the first shortcut to log your favourite podcast episodes from Overcast to an Airtable database, and then, when you're not sure what to listen to next, use the second shortcut to retrieve a random episode and open it in Overcast. Overcast is my podcast player of choice but this shortcut could likely be used with many other podcast apps with little to no modification, if there's another podcast player that you prefer, let me know in the comments if you need help getting the shortcut to work! I've included the technical details on how the shortcuts are built at the end of the post if that's your cup of tea.

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