By Bertel King, Jr.
Many people have taken to using smartphones to keep their lives in order, but not you! You have a system in place that you’ve perfected over years, and your laptop or desktop remains your primary means of keeping everything in order. But now you’re switching to Linux, and you want to know what’s out there.
Linux may not have the same apps you’ve grown accustomed to, but there’s no shortage of software that can help you keep track of everything. Whether it’s juggling dates or managing your finances, Linux has plenty of tools to organize your life. Here’s a taste, one category at a time.
1. Remembering Meetings & Events
Windows has Microsoft Outlook, the king of corporate calendars. Apple Calendar is a key part of macOS and iOS. What does Linux have?
2. Keeping a To-Do List
Or you can stick to a full-featured email suite. Evolution (GNOME) and Kontact (KDE) both have built-in task lists. But these are basic and may leave you wanting a dedicated app for the additional features.
3. Organizing Files
If you’re like me, your downloads folder is the most disorganized area in your home folder. It’s the place where your web browser vomits all the things you found interesting since the last time you went through and cleaned things up. Have you ever? Maybe you don’t like to touch any of your folders.
4. Managing Photos
Even if you automatically upload all of your photos to someone’s remote servers, you probably want a local copy somewhere on your PC. Unfortunately getting the images off your camera or phone and onto your laptop in a presentable manner isn’t quite as simple.
I use Rapid Photo Downloader. It pulls photos and videos off my camera and sorts them into folders arranged to my specifications. It renames files too, so that names are consistent regardless of which camera I used.
Keeping a journal can change your life. The act of writing focuses your thoughts. You get a view of what you consider important, and you can spot trends over time. Plus you save a record of your thoughts after you’re gone.
Lifeograph is a GNOME app which lets you save entries, apply tags, format text, and encrypt data to ensure your privacy.
Like to try out many Linux distributions? Dayjournal saves your entries as plain text, so even if you change apps or operating systems, you don’t have to leave what you wrote behind.
6. Keeping Up With Non-Digital Stuff
It may seem like it sometimes, but your life doesn’t exist entirely on your phone or computer. You probably have plenty of physical possessions lying about, and a some of them could benefit from a little organization.
Apps like Tellico and GCstar are general purpose organizers. They can manage collections of books, video games, stamps, comics, toys, or whatever else brings you joy. You can take photos of your objects and keep track of who you’ve loaned things to. For heavy readers, BibShelf is a more specialized option that only does books.
7. Tracking Finances
You need to know where your money is going if you want to have any semblance of control over your life. Signing into the websites for your bank accounts and credit cards will give you an idea, but that’s a bunch of hopping around. Why not put all that data in one place?
Keep in Mind…
You don’t even need to bother with dedicated software. You can keep track of just about anything with a spreadsheet. And if you use Evernote or other cloud services to manage your life, you can continue doing that on Linux without having to set anything up. Mint can manage your bills just as easily from a Linux PC as it can from Windows or macOS.
What methods do you use to organize your life? Does your computer help you get the job done? Does Linux? Let’s talk in the comments!