Workflow

Workflow? What’s that?

I’ve been told by my coworkers I seem like the kind of person who keeps everything I own super organized. This couldn’t be further from the truth. My general organizational structure is “controlled chaos” where I just do whatever seems most efficient at the time. This, of course, leads to most things in my life being kind of a mess, because efficient does not mean organized. I’ve been working for some time to fix this and I think my next step in that journey is organizing my computer habits.

In my time using Windows, Manjaro, and EndeavourOS I tended to use them like most non technical people. Mouse heavy interaction, single workspace, and not tweaking defaults too much. But I think it’s time for a change.

My new flow

With switching to Arch Linux this past Sunday I decided to switch how I interact with my computer in some fundamental ways. Now, I am still using KDE Plasma as my desktop environment. I love it and I plan on taking advantage of the nifty features I have long ignored.

Keyboard Shortcuts

This one is kind of tough for me as I find them hard to remember. Ironic considering I was one of the few in my graduating class who preferred using CLI, Bash, and Vim over GUIs. But, I find there is a fundamental difference between typing commands and remembering keybinds. For commands you see what you type and can read the letters and words. With a keybind things just kind of happen. For some reason not reading what I just typed can make it harder for me to remember what I just typed. Although, I think that with enough practice I will remember certain shortcuts. One of these shortcuts is Alt-Space for Krunner, one of Plasma’s most powerful tools by far. Another is the Ctrl-Function Keys for my virtual desktops.

Virtual Desktops

Speaking of, I have seriously ignored the usefulness of workspaces. My first exposure to them was when Windows 10 first implemented them. But like most useful features, Microsoft made it particularly obtuse and hard to use, so I ignored it. Then I remember after installing Manjaro for the first time, seeing their icons on my task manager. Curious as always I clicked on them and viola they changed workspaces. I never touched them again. Frankly I didn’t know what I was missing. Even just these past 24 hours I’ve found they really help me organize what I’m doing. Currently my setup is as follows.

  • Desktop 1 – General

    Just a catch all desktop for stuff like browsing the web.

  • Desktop 2 – Media

    Desktop specifically for music, podcasts, and videos as I almost always have something playing in my headphones.

  • Desktop 3 – Games

    It’s the gaming desktop, ’nuff said.

  • Desktop 4- Work

    Work in this sense doesn’t mean anything job related but any task which would benefit from my undivided attention.

So yeah, there’s all that. I look forward to messing around with more stuff and if anyone has any tips and tricks I’d love to hear them. Until next time.