Alfred is probably the most useful of all of the apps that I have purchased over the years. It is such a piece of my daily activity that I don’t even think about it anymore. I know that Spotlight has been in the Mac for quite a while; yet it hasn’t found a great productivity tool unless I’m using it to search my hard drive. But if you don’t know already know, according to their website Alfred is described as
Alfred is an award-winning app for Mac OS X which boosts your efficiency with hotkeys, keywords, text expansion and more. Search your Mac and the web, and be more productive with custom actions to control your Mac.
One of the greatest benefits is its extendability to do all sorts of things without having to leave the comfort of my keyboard. This makes my time much more efficient and easy without having to go find something buried on my hard drive. Following are a few of my favorites; I hope to create another post that will extend my usage but these are the first 5 workflows I use the most.
If you don’t have an egg timer or Alexa close to your computer, the following workflow makes it easy to set a timer that will notify when the time is up. This is great at work when trying to make some tea in the afternoon. I just set it as soon as I get back with my hot water and it will let me know via notification when my tea is completed.
2. App Launcher
This is super dope as I don’t have to ever remember where the app falls in the list of apps. Rather I just have to type the first two or three characters of the program title and then it spits out a list of potential programs. From there I can simply pick out the exact program I need to open without leaving the keyboard.
3. Define <word>
Words are the bed and butter of a good book. Sometimes, without knowing the definition I will quickly pull out this little workflow to give me access to my dictionary in lightning speed.
This is built-in so basically you have a calculator at the click of a button that will perform any quick math without having to get the calculator out. I find it really handy when I proof out reporting numbers without having Excel open to do so.
This is a wonderful addition to my workflow when I’m doing a personal Bible study or writing; I generally can pull out a passage by finding it, copy it and then paste it into my document. This uses the mouse; where now all I have to do is ⌘ + Space, and enter the passage I need. This then copies the passage into my clipboard and then I can paste it into my document.
Check out part 2 here.