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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