I keep a list of productivity hacks and applications that can be picked up in under an hour. I backlog a lot of things on it, but I rarely take the time to actually sit down and learn something from that list.
Had 30 spare minutes this morning and enough willpower to sit down and figure out the Alfred App https://www.alfredapp.com/. It's an alternative to macOS's built-in Spotlight but on steroids.
I've managed to set up and customize a few things which I'll be for sure sticking to Alfred App can immediately do a search on the site you want. This saves you three steps: (1) open a browser, (2) open a new tab, (3) type "google.com".
Instead, immediately type what you want to search into Alfred App's input and it opens the search results in the desired search engine in your default browser. It doesn't have to be Google, you can also search YouTube or any other site.
Alfred has a paid version, but many commands that require it can be added as custom commands. I added one for search in DeepL which opens a translation for me Eng-to-Rus or Rus-to-Eng, and one for Merriam-Webster Dictionary to open an Eng-to-Eng meaning of the word.
I will continue to test and experiment with Alfred. My next task is to spend some time playing with MacOS Shortcuts and make them work with Alfred App. Do you use Alfred or its alternatives? Do you like it? What other commands should you add?
Credits to @j.sushie for this video that inspired me and helped me figure out the basic Alfred settings.