Seeing as there are currently so many handy
about how to be organized and get things done, I thought I'd note down
a few ways I get things done with Linux and GNOME.
- Use a modern distribution. You want the new toys, but you
also want the distribution to keep out of your
hair. Ubuntu wins, no contest. The
upcoming release, hoary, has everything I need.
- Learn to love hotkeys. Just one or two key
make all the difference. Whatever it is you start most, text editor
or browser, hotkey it.
- Keep a short inbox. For me, there's no to-do list as
effective as my email inbox. Only items requiring actions or
replies are allowed to stay in there, and filed away or deleted once
dealt with. Under 50 or so there means I'm mostly in control.
Under 10 means it's the Christmas holidays.
- Take notes with Tomboy. I love
Tomboy. Make sure you
assign a keyboard shortcut for search, then you can use Tomboy as a
place to store all those transient and emergent thoughts.
- Basic command-line tricks. If you're not a large user of the
command-line, it's worth learning a bit. More than anything else, I
use locate, grep and find.
- Make it pretty. Take time to find the theme and font with
which you feel comfortable. Then stop! It's important to feel at
home in your desktop, but endless retheming can be a problem.
- Use an email client with good searching. I've used Evolution
for years, and the searching and filing UI is excellent. I used to
have an elaborate folder structure, but that reduces findability.
Use a small number of broad categories, and take advantage of fast
searching when you want to find things.
- Use your ~/public_html folder. Forget all those fancy
sharing apps, a simple web server is the easiest way to share with
people. I regularly drop files into my public_html directory.
Even if your personal machine is behind a firewall, you should be
able to set up an sftp folder on Nautilus into which you can drop
things you want to share.