Sometimes I wonder if the M in my middle name stands for “Multi-tasking” as I find myself oftentimes doing a million things at once. As evidence, just take a look at my computer while I’m working and you’ll find not one but three browser open every time.
Over the years I have found three browsers helps me stay organized.
- I use Internet Explorer for tabs for my Salesforce Production org.
- I use Chrome for tabs for my Sandbox org.
- I use Firefox for tabs for miscellaneous tasks and orgs.
That third browser let’s me log in as another user for testing purposes while simultaneously logged in as myself in either Chrome or IE to make real-time changes based on the testing results.
Without having to think or scroll up to see the black Sandbox identifier found in the top right, I can easily avoid confusing production and sandbox by knowing if I am in Chrome I am in the sandbox.
And for an added level of confirmation I also downloaded a handy app that puts an “S” favicon on sandbox tabs. Here’s a screenshot of the Sandbox tab, with the “S” favicon next to my standard Production org tab.
Click here to get it yourself.
Finally, if you don’t have two monitors you MUST request another one immediately-having two screens to compare side-by-side will make you extremely more efficient. I use my right monitor for Sandbox and my left for Production.
Bottom line, pick a consistent strategy for managing your Salesforce instances and it will make your job easier.