Besides working at the porn shop, I spend a good 6+ hours a day working from home for my pals at BurningAngel as the street team coordinator. I decided last week to totally overhaul the desktop on my computer in order to help me use my time wisely, and so far it really has helped.
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First, I installed RocketDock which put that fancy little bar at the bottom of my screen sort of like a knock-off Mac. I added all my recently used programs and folders to the dock and installed 2 “docklets” (sort of like extensions in firefox) to make my life easier: the Stacks dockelt which give me that fan effect like people who are running Leopard have, and the Battery Meter so I could see how my battery is doing when I’m not plugged in at my desk. I had to design my own icon set for the Battery Meter because the one that came with it didn’t match my setup. I’m using the “HUD_dock_port” for the look of the dock and “Ecqlipse ver. 2” and “Porn Needs You” icon sets. (You can find all that stuff on DeviantArt.com)
After Rocketdock was all set up I installed Samurize to give me that display on the right-hand side. I modified a pre-made config file, “Enigma” (which you can download from the Samurize site), and set it up to display the date and time, my To-Do list for BA (which is just a *.txt file that I can edit whenever I want), what is currently playing on iTunes, and some basic system monitoring info on the bottom.
I finished off by cleaning up all unnecessary icons on my desktop and moving the Windows taskbar to the top and hiding it. I can access the taskbar by hovering or (as i more commonly do) pressing the windows key on my keyboard. I’m running Vista Home Premium and use the Instant Search bar to type in whatever programs i want to open that aren’t on my dock.
I found by getting rid of the clutter, keeping my To-Do list visible and putting all the programs I use daily in my Dock I get a lot more done during my day. And it looks really pretty too!