I have often said that one of the easiest on-ramps to automation is text expansion. That’s one of the reasons why I’m such a fan of TextExpander. They’ve gone the extra mile with giving you automation tools in addition to text expansion. But it is easy to get overwhelmed when you’re attempting to develop a text automation system.
For example, for years, I use the semicolon as my trigger. “;workadd”, for example, would expand to my work address. But then I started doing a lot of work on the iPad, and I was using the software keyboard where the semicolon wasn’t so easy to access. So I switched over to using the letter ‘x’ for the same purpose. We all have these collections of tricks we develop as we do more text expansion.
Recently, Josh Centers created a list of best practices and published them over at the TextExpander website. I think they’re all good ideas and if you want to up your game with text expansion, this is worth reading.