I created a couple of folders and dropped in shortcuts or scripts of what I do. Nothing earthshaking, but, they make my life easier. One folder are one line commands. XTERM with settings I prefer to work with, midnight commander and top. After I get it all tweaked to the way I want the next thing is to learn how to add these to the menu. Can I improve the scripts, yes! This is just the start.
|My Tools folder for building desktop shortcuts|
|Desktop setup for midnight commander|
|Midnight commander with font/colors I prefer|
In windows you can do something similar with shortcuts, but, I like linux as I can tweak things to work in exactly the way I want with simple text files and bash. As things go on I will be building more and more tools to automate my work. I do this where I work and I have a large toolkit there that automates almost all of my mainframe work that I have to do on a regular basis.
Update 1 - 2016/03/27:
Yay, I found out how to add entries to the menu. Right now it is to the Other folder, but, that is a good step. I had to copy my applications to */.local/share/applications and they showed up in menu.
|My Menu now shows my apps|
Update 2 - 2016/03/28:
Minor update, I added KATE to my editors. I like it as it is small, fast, light and does what I need a code editor to do.