This eventually solved the problem. As would have calling time, I suppose, but using my phone seems to cause more drama than not using it, so I didn't give that option a lot of thought.
Anyway, it's a fun paradox -- I don't want to be bothered by any task which can be easily automated, but am clearly bothered by having them automated.
Let this be a lesson to engineers and software developers everywhere:
You can't win. I'll never be happy, so just give up now.