As far as I know I’m the first person to come up with this trick, but I could be wrong.
If you have an iOS or OS X device with Fantastical 2, you’ll know that the neat calendar app lets you type using natural language to create events.
Work from 9am to 5pm at Apple Campus.
You may also recall that by going into the settings on your device, you can add text shortcuts. The default one is omw which is replaced with “On My Way!”
By combining the knowledge of these two, I made a few neat shortcuts to set up the calendar for the week.
If I set the device to replace “.work” with “9am-5pm Work [address of my workplace]”, it will automatically create an event at the correct time, duration, and place.
Then, all I have to do is rapidly type;
Wednesday .work RETURN Thursday .work RETURN Friday .work RETURN Friday .gym RETURN Sunday .church RETURN
You get the idea.
This is probably much more helpful if you work part time, are rostered, or work freelance. But it can also be used for regular events, like the gym that sometimes change days.
It’s also extremely useful for using Maps, because it should give you the travel time automatically (correct me if I’m wrong).
And BAM, an entire week filled with scheduled events within a minute. Much easier than having to manually go through and add addresses, etc. Hope this helps some of you!