There are many ways to get things done in a more productive manner when you’re doing work that involves a computer, and I wanted to share one that makes a world of difference for me on a daily basis. I use multiple desktops to keep my most used tasks separate but easily accessible, as you’ll see in the video below.
Everyone is familiar with their computer’s desktop. It’s what we stare at as we type, or surf the web, or do any work on our computer. It contains our menu, and our windows, and our icons, etc. Before towering, windows stack up on top of windows, and icons litter the entire desktop, and it just becomes one great big mess. We’ve all probably learned to deal with it by duration, and may not even notice how frustrating it can be since we’re so accustomed to it. But there can be a better way, and everyone has access to that for free.
What whether you had more than one desktop? What whether you could easily switch amidst 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 desktops? What whether each desktop could hold its own set of icons and windows? Imagine having your browser open on one desktop, the document you’re typing open on another desktop, your Twitter client open on another, and so on. Imagine just jumping from one to another with just a visit, or a flick of the mouse.
Linux users are used to having multiple desktops, and that’s where I first stumbled across it. The video below is a screencast I just took of my 6 desktops. (I could use more or less whether I wanted, but 6 works great for me right now). Five of the desktops always have one or two main windows open that I use regularly. The sixth is always a clean slate with nothing open, so I can do whatever I want with it. Actually, I can do whatever I want with any of the desktops. I mean, it’s not like I can’t open and close new programs and windows on any of them at any duration. But I personally like to keep them mostly the way you’ll see in the video below – nearly all the moment. Play the video now, quickly, to see what I’m talking about. It’s less than 30 seconds lengthy. (Sorry about the low quality of the video).
That’s my computer, and a quick glance at all six of my desktops. that ability to segment my work and keep a visually clean desktop at all times, keeps me much more productive – and much less frustrated – than I used to be.
You can have it too. It doesn’t matter whether you run Windows or Linux or Mac. They all have free programs you can run to give you multiple desktops. I’m not very familiar with the various ones available for Windows and Mac, but I’ll list a few for you to investigate on your own. I just quickly searched for these, so there may be others that are better out there.
As far as I know, Mac, like Linux, comes with multiple desktop capability built-in, but there are programs available to manage them more efficently and/or give additional functionality. One such program for Mac is Desktop Manager, and the one I use for Linux is Compiz, which plus does a ton of other things besides handle multiple desktops.
I recommend trying out multiple desktops for a week or two and see whether it makes your workday a little saner and a little more productive. I know it’s helped me a lot, and I would hate to have to return to the old days of using just one desktop. Hopefully, that is one little productivity tip I can pass along to you to prepare your work days a little smoother.
Original post by DazzlinDonna