I’ve been using Keyboard Maestro for a while, often to do pretty complicated things. I just stumbled on what might be my most useful workflow yet, and it’s absurdly simple:
I have a folder of macros that work in all apps. Every one of the macros uses the same hotkey. As a result, pressing it pulls up a palette of options — the trick @MacSparky has mentioned on the podcast several times.
The macros are almost identical similar — most just open a single app each (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Drafts, Messages, etc.); a few use a simple shell script to open a particular folder on my hard drive in the Finder. That’s all.
The beauty of it is that I can hit the hotkey, start typing the first 1-2 letters of the app or folder name, and bang — I’m there. It’s even faster than using Spotlight, because I don’t have to hit Return, and it doesn’t try to predict what I’m typing (which can be useful in Spotlight … but also can be annoying). I expect it to get even faster as muscle memory takes over.
I would guess I’m about the last KM user to figure this one out, but I’m having a lot of fun mostly abandoning the
Cmd-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab... that used to be such a big part of my day.