It often feels like our tech no longer works for us. It’s us who are working for it. Charging it up, responding to constant notifications… You get the point.
I’m trying my best to set things right. Technology is a tool and it’s there to make our lives easier.
One way of achieving that is automating tasks. I have tried many apps in the past trying to achieve this goal: IFTTT (now a paid service), Llama (no longer available on the Play Store) and a few others. The one I ended up keeping is Autoroid.
Autoroid is a free Android app that configures your phone based on certain triggers. I have set it up to silence my phone at night, wake it up early on a weekday and late on a weekend.
I don’t leave home much now because of the pandemic and a remote work arrangement. But when I did, and eventually will again, it has other cool features. For example, I had it silence the phone and dim the screen when I’m at the cinema (using my geolocation).
Whatever your routine is, I’m sure there are some menial tasks you do with your phone. See how many of those you can set up once and never worry about again. Then do something cool with all that extra free time.