When you spend as much time on Steem as we all seem to do, it is helpful to be organised. This blockchain is NOT a 'log in and you're done' kind of affair, is it? Nothing is simple. It's what I like about it - it keeps me interested - but it's definitely not easy! Being super organised helps you spend less time here - although, to be honest, it frees me up time to spend more time here on Steem.
This Christmas, I decided to streamline everything as much as possible, starting with my browser. A simple, easy system makes me so happy.
It was a perfect time to do it because I either had to give my laptop back to work when I left on leave, or buy it from them for a super cheap price (I have a Lenovo Thinkpad) and get it re-imaged courtesy of my employers. The best thing about having your laptop entirely re-imaged is having the chance to start all over again with your organisation. Sure, I could have gone back to Chrome and all my handy bookmarks, but it was kinda a mess over there and I'm sick of supporting Google.
So the first step was to download the
Brave browser. So far I've found it faster than Chrome, but intuitively LIKE Chrome, so there's no real head flip while my brain learns where everything is. If you haven't installed Brave yet, you seriously should think about it. It's fast and ad free and doesn't track you. There are no annoying pop ups - any ads you watch are your choice, and you can 'tip' publishers with Brave rewards if you like. This is one of the reasons it's faster - ads make things a lot slower. I'm kicking myself I didn't do it ages ago - you can download it here.
The first extension I downloaded was
Last Pass - this automatically saves all my passwords to every site I visit and it's a godsend. I keep ALL my account keys in there. If you haven't got a password manager you're crazy - go download it now - it's FREE!
Then, I downloaded
KEYCHAIN. I have heard tell that some people have had problems with it - I never have. It makes it so easy to flip from front end to front end or DAPP to DAPP. If you're running more than one account on Steem it's a totally godsend. What are you waiting for? I won't go into the 'how' as Natural Medicine posted a detailed post about this last week I know you're love - thanks @metametheus for doing this! Check out the instructions here.
Next, as a Tribe owner there's lots of behind the scenes links I need, from
Github pages that I need to edit for
www.naturalmedicine.io. That's all in a folder called 'LOTUS'. I had to transfer them all one by one over from Chrome - in fact, I'm still doing it as and when I need them, but it is giving a chance to label them neatly and correctly and order them so they are easy to find.
I then ensured my settings meant that every time I open the Brave browser, it opens up
NaturalMedicine.io. I do all my drafting in Steempeak, but I spend a lot of time upvoting in LOTUS and checking NMIO is running okay, so it's important that I LITERALLY keep a tab on that! I also post any wellness or earth medicine related posts there.
As I'm a huge believer on supporting all Steem front ends, not just my own, I then went and bookmarked the ones I most commonly use, such as
Creativecoin.xyz and the new
Talkingpoint.co. This means I can copy and paste a drafted post from Steempeak straight into the front end that my content best suits. It takes no time at all. Ooops, I forgot Steemleo. I love
Steemleo, but I rarely post any finance related stuff - but they've got some awesome tutorials and a fast DEX so you might want to add them too (I am, right now...). Would you believe that Natural Medicine has now created FOUR accounts that came in via the Front End?
I also bookmarked
I bookmarked Zoho mail (used for email@example.com) and a GMAIL extension for my personal mail so everything is in plain sight.
You might have noticed that I also downloaded
Ecosia, which is great for a big fat hippie like me. Browse the web and plant trees? I don't even care HOW they do it - I'm just glad they do. It's interesting getting used to it - but I'm glad I'm not subject to Google's algorithms anymore.
To Sum Up: Best Tips
- Download Brave browser
- Download Keychain extension and load it with all your keys
- Download Last Pass password manager
- Bookmark relevant front ends and use them
- Consider which search engine you're using and why
What are your favourite browser organising tips?