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How I use my workspaces
late 2022

I want to go back to regular writing, and I thought I will write my thoughts on how I use workspaces on my Linux system. This is currently Slackware 15.0 and Xmonad.

My current workspaces:

When I started to use tiling window managers I mainly ordered them, how much I used these programs.

  1. Browser/general - this is where I use my browsers.
  2. Emacs/writing - really just Emacs stuff.
  3. Files - used to be a filemanager workspace, when I used GUI managers.
  4. Terminal - terminal stuff only.
  5. Games - that's where Steam and wine stuff belongs.
  6. Discord - used to be discord stuff, but I am on discord hiatus atm.
  7. Twitch - twitch chat and viewing, but I am on hiatus there too. I also use it to watch movies, cause I used mpv to watch twitch as well.
  8. Media - Used to be media, like videos and music. A little bit abandoned workspace.
  9. Graphics - for inkscape and gimp.

As I went through this today, I realized that I have so much unused workspaces, cause I don't use some of them that much or at all.

New workspaces order:

  1. Emacs/writing - let's face it, I love using Emacs for so many things. Why not put this first? This used to be 3rd workspace btw.
  2. Browser - while I use it every day, I feel like it's too much in the focus most of the time.
  3. Terminal - since I use it more and more, why not put this here? I also don't need a separate workspace for GUI file managers, as I use either lf or mc nowadays.
  4. Games - I don't play games much, but why not promote this? I just installed Dota 2 today, so, who knows?
  5. Video - promote this for videoplayer and freetube.
  6. Graphics - for occasional gimp and inkscape.

I may not even use 7-9. Xmonad has 9 workspaces in default, but at the moment I don't feel the need to use that many. I don't think it will make it faster, but who knows?

I also use scratchpads for many software that I want to be at my fingertips. Like a terminal window, or qmmp. This is basically a temporary place, and you can hide it or bring it forward on any workspace you want.

This is post #34 of the #100DaysToOffload challenge, where we write 100 posts in a year. If you are interested in this event, check out the official website: Happy writing everybody! :)

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