I have to order food for small to large sized groups a lot at work. Clients visiting for meetings, that kind of thing. I write an email to a certain person each time, and it’s basically the same format, but with variations (number of people, allergies, preferences, office location, etc).
So I had to do this again today, and thought that there’s a better way than hand typing the same (basic) thing over again. I thought about saving the text into a separate file, and opening that, copying to the email client, and adjusting the specifics. That’s better but not great.
Expanding my mind
I was playing around with textExpander last week to get textExpander to make me a markdown formated link to the website I am on, so that I could blog about it, and make some notes. Hit me up if that’s gibberish to you. Markdown is pretty versatile once you get used to it. Anyway.
It’s easier than that
Turns out that there are some forms you can create in an expansion. Let me explain a bit…
- I type
;foodorderanywhere on my Mac (works on PC too)
- TextExpander opens a form in a new window
- I adjust the variations like the number of people, specific allergies and preferences and hit ‘OK’
- TextExpander writes the form results into the text
So I’m opening a new email, and doing those steps above. Then I edit the content, if needed, address the email appropriately and hit send.
Here’s the form:
What’s the big deal
So this saves me a couple minutes over the course of the month, it’s not that big of a deal. But it takes the minutia out of the work, and lets me get back to the harder problems faster. That’s priceless, imho.