Productivity tips

Open current directory in files from terminal

How many times you have gone back and forth just to open one directory in the file manager. Let me tell you how many times I did that; countless. Here I will provide you another Ubuntu tips and tricks to open up the current directory in files.

nautilus . & disown

This command will open up current directory in file manager for you. The & disown will detach the process from current terminal. Meaning the window will not close even if you close the terminal window.

Shortcuts for terminal things

While you’re in a terminal which command do you use most ? Let me guess it’s apparently clear. That’s what I do at least. But for so long I always used the common old clear + ENTER. It’s time to understand with few other shortcuts for it. ctrl + l: To clear the screen; same as clear commandctrl + g: To get default bell soundctrl + j: To go to new line; same as pressing enterctrl + d: This will close the current terminal; same as exitshift + ins: Pastes text from clipboard; same as ctrl + v There you go keep getting productive with these commands. Pick out the ones you like and make a habit of using them.

Drag and Drop

Of course, you can drag and drop documents, images, videos, or other files from your computer directly into Evernote. Drag a file to a notebook and Evernote will create a new note. To append a file to a specific note, drag the file into the open note.

Improve your email marketing.

Are you using your personal email for marketing? Stop! There are plenty of email marketing tools out there that will help you work smarter with pre-built templates, scheduling and list segmentation. Test out options like MailChimp, Constant Contact or Klaviyo.

Schedule shipping pickups.

At no extra charge (unless you want a time outside normal mail delivery hours), you can schedule your shipping provider to pick up a shipment rather than waiting in line at their offices. Check out options for FedEx, UPS and USPS.

Manage your email inbox.

Boomerang for Gmail schedules emails to automatically send based on criteria you set.

Delegate to Project Admins

Who do you contact when you have a Jira question?  Knowing whether to contact the project-level admin or the application-level admin will save time and get user questions resolved faster. Need an issue closed, a sprint started, or a component added?  Those are project-level admin duties. Need a new Jira project, an integration, or a change that impacts the application as a whole?  That’s a job for the application-level admin. Application admins should delegate all project setting and individual issue questions to project admins. Tip:  In each Jira project, use the project’s “Description” field to list the name of a single point of contact.  This way, users always know who to contact first.  Using the “Description” field is particularly helpful if the listed lead is a generic user or distribution list.  See screenshot.

Launch the Administration Quick Search (for admins only)

This trick is meant for Application admins. If you’re an application admin you can quickly open the administration search box by typing “gg” on any Jira page. Type the first few letters of your search to show suggestions.  Example:  Typing “ban” will suggest the “Announcement Banner” page. Click the page name to go directly to the admin page. In the Jira Administration Console, launch this search box by clicking “Search Jira admin” in the area above the admin navigation.

Get Read Only Database Access

I recommend application-level admins have read-only access to the Jira database. Understanding how the data is structured will solve a lot of mysteries and is essential for any scheme cleanup or audit. There’s configuration information in the database that’s simply not available or easy to access in the Jira Administration Console.  This is especially true for large instances.  Maintenance or research often starts with a database query.

Connect to other Apps

Connecting Jira to other applications gives you the ability to view lots of data in one place. For example, connect Jira to Hipchat to post a message any time a new issue is created. Connect Jira to Confluence to create a reciprocal link between issues and related pages. Ask your application-level administrators to link other Atlassian and internal applications to Jira from:  Admin > Applications > Application Links.