Keyboard Maestro – It’s the Little Things
I’ve been using Keyboard Maestro to make myself more efficient. Even the littlest things can (and should) be automated to save time.
I spend a good portion of my day navigating directories in iTerm. Often I find myself jumping up a directory (back) and then listing the directories to get my bearings.
In about 30 seconds I made myself a quick hotkey that will be active during iTerm sessions (it’s within my iTerm group, which is only active for the iTerm application) and will perform both operations (
cd .. and
ls). I mapped this to
CMD-u which I think of as “up” so it’s easy to remember. Notice there is a return (linebreak) after the
ls; this will simulate hitting return, which will execute the preceding commands. I could have added a return keystroke action, but this is just faster and requires less actions.
I encourage you, if you’re a KM user, to think about the little things and figure out where you could shave off keystrokes, mouse clicks, etc. to make yourself as efficient as possible.