Before that, we had to manually click the address bar, click again to deselect the text, select the relevant part of the URL, replace it with the desired server address, hit enter, and wait for the page to load. It was tedious and prone to human error, and I just wanted to click a button. Nobody asked me to do it, but I decided to see what I could do to make the process more simple.
Soon everyone had it in their bookmark bar, though, and using it just became second nature. Nobody ever really mentioned it, but it did become a part of the setup process any time we had a new hire—part of that process always included sharing my little server switcher. Because of this alone, I’ve never believed that my effort went unappreciated.
Whether or not the time was “worth it” didn’t matter, because it became an essential tool in our everyday process. In that regard, it had value. But let’s dig in for a moment and crunch some numbers.
No, it’s not a big, impressive bit of object-oriented genius, but it served its purpose, made life better, and got out of the way. Sometimes it can be hard to really quantify, but sometimes it’s enough to just take some time to make life a little bit easier for yourself.