I'm sure there are many of you who are power users of your particular sets of software, but I would love to hear about additional steps you take to speed up your workflow, whatever your work happens to be.
Do you have custom functions and/or key commands in your software? Do you map your controls to midi controllers or keyboards? Anybody design your own programs or scripts?
For instance, I recently designed a large theatrical sound design in Figure 53's Qlab software. Qlab allows you to program Applescript functionality directly in the program, so I designed several scripts (e.g., automatically creating fade-out cuts, batch changing fade times, etc.) to speed up the process in rehearsal. These scripts were mapped to keystrokes so they were second-nature by week 2.
Please share your strategies, I'm sure there are others out there who would love to snap up ideas.