Don't worry if you felt icky clicking on a blog post called Automating Meditation, I felt icky writing it. I don't need to increase the efficiency or throughput of my meditation practice, but I can also use automation to reduce the chance of human error. Before I sit down with Calm I always want enable Do Not Disturb mode. Annoyingly I forgot this often enough and my practice is disturbed by notifications, that I was looking into Shortcuts if I can make the computer help me.
I ended up with a simple Shortcut that enables Do Not Disturb for 12 minutes, sets the playback destination to my AirPods and then starts a Daily Calm meditation. To not stick with old behaviours I removed the Calm app from home screen and instead replaced it with the Shortcut. I have also created another Shortcut that starts a sleep story.
Here are two four steps in my Shortcut: