Task Management via Wallpaper for SysAdmins

I’m preempting any New Years’ Resolutions and getting back on a more disciplined life track now, rather than three weeks in the future. That includes being more consistent in my weightlifting regimen, paying closer attention to blood sugar issues and attempting to faithfully use my task management system again (I’m restarting that last one for the 19th time this year).

I saw a post over at SysAdmin-Talk titled SysAdmin Desktop Wallpaper” that caught my attention. The desktop picture is a composite of three images that correlate to various workday related functions.

The idea is that you can place icons for network shortcuts in the upper left picture of network cables, fun things like games in the upper right corner with the picture of candy and icons of things that need immediate attention ate the bottom on the picture of a to do organizer. At first, I thought it was a cute idea, but didn’t give it much thought. But then the idea began to grow on me. At this point, I’m actively considering using it.

Personally, I hate icons on my desktop. I strive to have a zero-icon desktop with the exception of drive letters and a few network shortcuts. I also hate the idea of multiple task management systems. At the moment, I’m balanced between using Toodle-do and Outlook Tasks out of necessity. Adding a third concept to the mix, that of utilizing my own desktop, might be overkill. However, the idea is not without merit.

I hadn’t thought of using a desktop as a task management scheme. BGInfo is about as creative as much multitasking as I get with desktop pictures. Does anyone else use their desktop as a form of task management? How has that worked for you?

One Comment

  1. mat

    December 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    not convinced — i too like an icon free desktop. see if stardock fences brings it all together: http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/screenshots.asp


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