When I first started at my current job, I was using my personal laptop. Being a stickler for the separation between work-time and non-work-time, I would routinely open GitLab, ClickUp, Slack, Localhost, MAMP and VS Code in the morning and promptly close all those windows come 6 o'clock. I did this manually every day for weeks.
Eventually, I decided to write something that I can run once so that everything I needed open will open quickly.
I wrote a Python script that uses the
webbrowser module to open the websites I needed. It looks like this
# work.py import webbrowser websites = [ '<https://app.clickup.com>', '<https://app.slack.com>', '<https://gitlab.com>', '<http://localhost:3000/>' ] for website in websites: webbrowser.open_new(website)
webbrowser module will open the provided links with the default browser
I use MAMP to start my local server and database. I'm able to do this from the command line by using this snippet
cd /Applications/MAMP/bin && ./start.sh. Make sure to substitute the path for MAMP for its path on your machine. I aliased this command in my
bash_profile file with the alias
startm. Now in my terminal I can run
startm and the MAMP server will start. This also saves me some space in my Dock because having too many icons at the bottom stresses me out. Alternatively, to close the server I use
stopm which is aliased to
cd /Applications/MAMP/bin && ./stop.sh
# .bash_profile alias startm='cd /Applications/MAMP/bin && ./start.sh' alias stopm='cd /Applications/MAMP/bin && ./stop.sh'
VS Code has a command line utility that allows us to launch it with the working directory right from the terminal. To make sure this utility is running, open the Command Palette on Code by clicking on
⇧⌘P on a Mac, and search for 'shell'. Then, click on "Shell Command: Install 'code' command in PATH" and the
code utility will be available.
Note: this may require restarting the terminal
I work on a couple of different projects on a given day, so I have aliases for quickly cd'ing into those directories. You can choose the appropriate names as you see fit.
# .bash_profile alias project1='cd /projects/project1'
Here, we can even go further and couple this command with the
code command which will navigate us into the project's package and launch it on Code. This would look like this:
# .bash_profile alias project1='cd /projects/project1 && code .'
Now that I set up my
.bash_profile and made sure the
code utility is installed, I aliased one more command that will allow me to prep for the work day in four letters:
# .bash_profile alias work='python ~/work.py && startm && project1'
So now I just type
work into my terminal, go to get myself a coffee then sit down to start the day. What programs or websites would you substitute for your workflow?
Thank you for reading. Let me know how I can make this article better. Until next time 👋
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