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What tools do you use to boost productivity?

Pavel Keyzik on May 07, 2022

Hey guys! I want to boost my productivity and I'd love to know what do you usually use as a developer. This is my list of tools and tricks: Oh My...
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Artem Hodunov

For a long time I have been using keystroke launchers to quickly open applications.
I got used to the Alt + Space combination and use it in all operating systems.
For Windows I find the best ueli.app/
For Linux ulauncher.io/

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Pavel Keyzik Author

I love it, I've been using Spotlight for a long period, and now I'm trying to use Raycast, but the only thing that I'm using now is Clipboard history and searching npm packages. It's definitely cool way to boost your speed πŸ‘

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Josh

you can do this with powertoys now, or even with just the built in search (you can customize what you actually want to show up in the results)

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Rachit Khurana

Ya, I also use that, but KDE plasma has krunner inbuilt which works better than this. And I just love it. It seriously boosts productivity

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Randall • Edited on

GitHub Copilot has been pretty valuable. I used to be more critical of it but it has improved substantially. I'd estimate it writes close to 20% of my code for me now, plus a lot of my comments.

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Pavel Keyzik Author

I've tried to use GitHub Copilot and this thing is really cool. I'm not using it at the moment, because someday I removed the extension, but I'm thinking about installing this again πŸ˜…

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Ben Sinclair

The most useful productivity tool I've taken to using over the last year is tmuxinator for launching several windows/panes for each project I'm working on.

Besides that, I use a script I wrote to automate setting up any of my agency's projects, almost all of which use a completely different stack from the next.

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Pavel Keyzik Author

Oh.. That sounds really cool! I should give a try on this one 😍 Thank you!

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Kaushal Joshi

Bunch of VS Code and browser extensions, will make a list if you are interested.

Other than that, I use Notion, Obsidian(rarely), G-Calender, thiscodeworks, cold turkey

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Pavel Keyzik Author

Sure! I'd love to see. I think there is always something useful that people are using, but you don't even know about it πŸ˜†

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Kaushal Joshi

Browser extensions:

  1. Grammarly
  2. Search by Image
  3. Pocket(+mobile app)
  4. ColorZilla
  5. WhatFont
  6. Picture-in-Picture Extension
  7. News Feed Eradicator: Blocks news feed for social media apps
  8. The Great suspender: suspends tabs after certain time of iactivity
  9. Wappalyzer
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Kaushal Joshi

VS Code Extensions:

  1. ESLint
  2. Prettier
  3. Code Spell Checker
  4. Better Comments
  5. Error Lense
  6. Headwind (For Tailwind)
  7. JS Code snippets
  8. Live Share
  9. Markdown Preview
  10. Regexp Explain
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Pavel Keyzik Author

Thank you for sharing ❀️

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Nitzan Hen

This is a little more specific, but I authored and use Agrippa quite a bit, to auto-generate React components without the boilerplate. It saves a lot of time, definitely compared to creating components by hand (but also compared to snippets).

Sorry for the self-promotion, but I sincerely believe it's great πŸ˜„ and it's saved me a lot of time and repetitive effort.

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Pavel Keyzik Author

Wow! I didn't expect to see anyone who wrote something on their own and share this tool. Have you thinking about making a website with documentation? I see README and Wiki page, but maybe you have some plans around it πŸ€”

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Nitzan Hen

Thanks for checking it out!
I actually do have some plans for a proper website for it, but it's a lot of work and progress is quite slow.
Currently working on more features for the tool (more frameworks other than plain React, test file support, etc.) which I'm rather excited about πŸš€

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Pavel Keyzik Author

No worries! At least you have some information in README πŸ‘ Good luck with project development and be strong πŸ’ͺ

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Nick Taylor

I have a bunch if you want to check out iamdeveloper.com/uses for my whole setup, but here’s some I wrote about recently.

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Pavel Keyzik Author

Wow... It's a really huge list and so many things to explore. Thank you 😍

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taijidude • Edited on

Powershell to automate deployment tasks oh and Obsidian to Journal / Take Notes

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Pavel Keyzik Author

You have some scripts that you wrote and just run them, right? Do you use anything like GitHub Actions?

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taijidude

At work i use a jenkins server. I call my powershell scripts from the jenkins job script. I do that so If the jenkins is down i'm still able to run my scripts locally. Also i find it more comfortable to develop the deployment scripts.

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Pavel Keyzik Author

Got it πŸ‘ Thank you for explaining 😊

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taijidude

You are welcome

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Keff

I use almost nothing, for me it feels like I get less productive the more tools and software I use. So I try to keep my environment quite clean and only use the essentials. Easier to set up and start working on new machines too.

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Pavel Keyzik Author

More tools not better, I totally agree, but let's say upgrade Zsh with Oh My Zsh is definitely worth it

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Keff

Ohh yea, definitely. Zsh is one of my essentials, next to vscode and git

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joyetgeorge • Edited on

You can use the chrome extension Blackbox to copy text from videos, images, PDFs, etc

Come very handy while watching coding tutorials on YouTube πŸ€—
chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/...

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Rachit Khurana • Edited on

Few Tools I just love:

  • Notion - For all the document related stuff
  • Slapdash
  • FreeTube - Opensource youtube client
  • Github Copilot - your pilot for writing code
  • Ferdi - Best software for all communication platforms in 1
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Jeremy Friesen

I'm using RayCast as my OS Launcher. And Oh My Zsh for my shell configuration.

But the critical tool is Emacs. I use that for coding and writing; task management and tracking; and any bits of integration that can help me move through my system.

Critical to that is org-roam and transient. Org-roam for personal knowledge management and transient for creating "menus" that allow me to group functions (or help me remember them).

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Pavel Keyzik Author

I've started to use RayCast couple weeks ago, I still don't use a lot from it, but I love it ☺️ And I've never heard about Org-roam or Transient. Thank you for mentioning that and now I'm going to learn more about it 😊

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Andrew Baisden

I use dozens of tools that make me more productive. Some worthwhile mentions:

  1. Todoist - For having a to do list
  2. Notion - For managing projects and life
  3. Centered - For task and project time tracking
  4. Obsidian - For note taking and writing articles
  5. Google Calendar - For managing events etc...
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Pavel Keyzik Author

Obsidian looks like something interesting! I'm going to try this one, thank you for sharing something new 😍

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Nikita Koselev

I am limiting the amout of things I pick up. Also, I try to think in advance of my next actions - that really helps.

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Pavel Keyzik Author

Interesting πŸ€” What if you have to many things to do, how do you handle them? Do you have something like Inbox page in notes application and take everything what you think you can do today or what? How you keep everything sorted out? Because I often loose something. πŸ˜„

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Nikita Koselev

Well, some time ago I used something called GTD. It helped to be productive, but did not really help to be efficient. These days I use calendar for things I do not want to miss, Scrum/Kanban for work and my own mind - for home.

The thing is that any system will consume your time by having to follow some standards. If you manage to limit amount of things by doing less, but of bigger value, you can concentrate on things which really matter.

In the worst case you can create an account at atlassian website and use their Kanban/Scrum/Project boards. It's free ;)

You might also want to take a look at my article on becoming more productive but not investing time into memorizing IntelliJ shortcuts: dev.to/nikitakoselev/how-to-save-t...
I guess this approach shall work for any decent IDE.

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Oh.. Nice! I'm just using shortcut.com to track all my task πŸ˜† I have really simple workflow but at least it works for me. Have 3 columns (Inbox, Started, and Completed). Thank you for such detailed answer 😊

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Randall

Can't hurt to try it. It very often successfully guesses what code I want to write. When working in JavaScript, if I have an array and I write const sum = then I expect it will autocomplete arr.reduce((sum, next) => sum + next, 0);. If I have a string and I write const lines = then I expect it will autocomplete str.split('\n');. When I'm lucky it will write entire functions and unit tests for me. It's not always right and you can't use it blindly - you have to read and understand the code. Sometimes looking at its suggestions is a waste of time. But overall I have found it a net positive, I write more code in fewer keystrokes and less time.

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Jon Randy

My brain

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Pavel Keyzik Author

The brain is awesome 😍

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hacker4world

For me it's mainly my code editor which is vscode, i installed a bunch of extensions to help with that and i have access to github copilot so it's more productive than before

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Pavel Keyzik Author

I use vscode too, but I realized I don't have any extensions to boost productivity πŸ€” Maybe you can suggest something? The only thing I have is copy-json-path to easily copy path to the value, it really helps me while I'm working with large JSON files πŸ˜…

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hacker4world

Live server, better comments, prettier, auto import for javascript, html tag auto completion, quokka i will make a list for good extensions i use soon so make sure you check it out

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Pavel Keyzik Author

Awesome! Thank you 😍

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Stefano Canepa

I use the same tools plus my ~/bin is full of scripts and I cannot live without todoist

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Pavel Keyzik Author

Awesome 😍 As I see from the comments, scripts are really helpful πŸ‘

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JoelBonetR

None so I don't get distracted πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜…

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Pavel Keyzik Author

πŸ˜‚ I've never even thought about this approach

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Waleedh Nihal Ahmed

Tabnine and Clockify

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Sami

Was searching for this comment as I also use tabnine but people have been mentioning copilot. I wonder wish one is better?

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Waleedh Nihal Ahmed

Tabnine

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Red Ochsenbein

Vim extension for VSCode.

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Pavel Keyzik Author

Never heard about Yadr. New thing to learn again πŸ‘

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Peter Vivo

iterm2

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Pavel Keyzik Author

iterm2 is really great! I love it

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Amit Rai

Pen paper and extra monitor

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Pavel Keyzik Author

I love to track some work on paper, and cross out everything I've done. It's fun and simple πŸ˜†

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Mahdi Ghanbari

One tab chrome extension

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Christian Kozalla

When I tried Copilot, it was a very different working experience: mostly because I was constantly evaluating if Copilots code suggestion was suitable or not. So I removed the extension

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Red Ochsenbein

Yeah. To me it felt like having to coach a Junior dev all the time.