I’m upstate, away from home and office, and feeling very frazzled coz I depend on my cues to shift states. Without it, I get confused, forgetting:
- That I should switch states
- What to do to switch states
I am VERY GOOD at muscle memory, tho. So I decided to create some simple triggers to switch easily. I know I’ll eventually switch without my conscious decision, and that’s how I roll.
First, I’m on a mac and use:
- alfred for well, everything. everything is just a
⌘-spaceaway (I disable spotlight).
- atext for global replacements. Like, any time (and anywhere) I type
-go, replace it with
There are other options, like alfred built-in snippets, but it’s paid and it doesn’t accept variables. TextExpander is a good alternative but expensive, and frankly, atext does the job.
I enabled terminal integration on alfred, so typing
> at the start of my query means “run it on terminal instead”
I also change “Prefer tabs when opening documents” as “Always” on system preferences > dock. (sublime text-specific info here)
>-work and hitting enter then opens all different tools that need my attention: my jira tickets, work inbox, work calendar, teams, figma.
open 'FIRSTURL' open 'SECONDURL' open 'THIRD URL' open -a FIRSTAPP
I dunno exactly when to use `''` or not. If URL is simple, you shouldn't use it. If too complex, you should. It breaks either one way or another, so test first and stick with it. Also, remember to leave a blank line. That ensures all your commands will run.
tags: #productivity #automation #exocortex