When you have too many web browser windows to manage: a simple tip
How does one organize all this (mostly) garbage?
To start off, I break stuff into categories. Each Window (instance of Firefox I can click on from my Windows Task Bar on the bottom of my screen) is a category, so I have
1. One for personal stuff - email, RSS Reader, nomadlife (on occasion)
2. From here I break each window into a 'task' at work so it looks like this:
A. Task One (usually the blogging responsibilities I have - the tabs in this window have the resources I need to reference in my writing as well as the blog page, so I can easily refresh and see what it looks like.
B. Product Development - I am revamping one of the company products, so I have several tabs in this 3rd window related to that.
I usually have 3 windows of Firefox, each with several tabs in it. Next logical question you are hopefully asking: How do I organize the tabs?
The tabs furthest to the left are the most "permanent" tabs. So, in my personal tab, email is furthest to the left. Bloglines usually follows that, since I occasionally use pleasure reading to re-energize myself during the day. In my work-blogging tab, I have email furthest to the left, then the blog home page just to the right of that. Then, I have my most important to least important reference resources, descending in importance to the right. This tells me which articles/blogs I should be most astute at referencing in my own blog posts.
It also tells me which tabs I can, without too much worry, blindly and quickly close if I feel myself breaking down because of having too many total Firefox tabs to choose from.
There, I just saved you 30 minutes per 8 hour power session.
But, In a perfect world you of course check your email only 2-3 times a day, focus extremely intently on only your most important tasks during peak performance hours, and never check nomadlife until Play Time.
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