Not restricted to decorating your Dock, customizing stack drawer can also improve your productivity. Let’s see how it can be done.
After reading article on LifeClever by Chanpory Rith entitled “How to Organize Your Cluttered Desktop and Regain Your Sanity”, which talk about creating specific folder to organize your cluttered Desktop, I realize one thing : I am still too lazy to organize those cluttered files. Fortunately, I’ve several fancy drawer icons which could be used to attract my attention so that I can gladly place my files into those folders.
Create Several Folders
This is intended to separate several types of files you’ve on your cluttered Desktop. For example, create four folders for this week, last week, last two weeks, and last month to-dos.
Embed Fancy Icons into Each of Those Folders
It’s very easy to create fancy stack drawers with embedded icon, as discussed in my previous article : Preview Tutorial – Embed Icon into Stack Drawer. So I believe, creating several stack drawers that inhabit your Dock will also be really easy. Don’t forget to sort your folder by Name.
There is a little trick that I just figured out. With this little trick, you only need to create a new folder once in a week for maintenance purpose. What’s this trick?
Moving Around Stack Drawers
To save your time, don’t do things like renaming folder each time you want to do maintenance of your files neither moving all the contents from one folder to another. You only need to move the Drawers around as you can recognize what’s inside those particular folders faster by seeing different color and icons of Drawers than by checking the contents first.
See images below for better understanding.
Changing the stack display to View as Fan will make it easier to move around stack drawers.
Trash Contents of Oldest Folder
Once every week you’ll need to trash the oldest contents. This can be easily done by selecting all the contents (Command-A) except the Stack Drawer, and move them all to Trash.