My file system

I have a very intricate system where I put files according to their purpose and context thus I always know where to find them. And I access everything from Alfred.

~/Desktop

My Desktop is nearly always empty. It acts as a kind of temp folder where every file that is put there needs to be acted upon and either moved to some other place in my system or deleted.

I use this workflow to completely trash everything inside ~/Desktop with one hotkey. I also use this workflow to quickly scan the contents of ~/Desktop from Alfred.

~/Downloads

I try to keep this folder like Desktop always empty. This is the folder where I download things to from the browser as well as other places.

I use this workflow to scan through contents of it from Alfred.

~/dev

Everything that is code is put into this folder.

~/dev
❯ exa
alfred  clones  curated  forks  github  ideas  learning  ml  personal  practice  safari  scripts  testing  uni  web  Xcode

~/dev/clones

I often love checking out various GitHub repos. Everything that I clone, I clone into this folder. I use km macro that will clone the repo that is currently open in my Safari tab. It will put the repo in ~/dev/clones and then open it in VS Code. I also have similar macros that will only clone the repo or clone the repo and open it in Sublime.

I can also filter contents of the folder with this workfow.

~/dev/github

Inside this folder I keep all the things that are open source on GitHub sorted by organisation. In my case it's only learn-anything:

~/dev/github
❯ exa
learn-anything

~/go/src/github.com/nikitavoloboev

I keep all my Go projects inside my GOPATH.

~/dev/testing

Inside this folder I have a bunch of language specific folders that usually just have one file inside them with the extension of that language. Here is how that folder looks for me:

~/dev/testing
❯ exa
bash-test  haskell-test  js-test  lisp-test  py-test go-test

I then have KM macros to quickly open these files:

~/dev/ideas

Most of my projects I start, start out in this folder. If something works out and I like the idea and want to develop it further, I move the project away from ideas.

~/dev/forks

If I forked something and I want to keep working on the repo later, I keep it inside forks folder.

~/dev/Xcode

Contains all my Swift iOS and macOS projects. It is further divided into macOS, iOS and playgrounds folders.

~/dev/learning

I use the folder to learn new technologies, languages and things. Perhaps I am completing some course or going through some book that has exercises. I usually put them there.

~/dev/alfred

All my Alfred workflows are placed there. And each one is symlinked either with worklow install or alfred CLI tool for Go workflows.

~/dev/alfred
❯ exa
alfred-ask-create-share  alfred-birthday      alfred-inline-searches  alfred-my-mind  alfred-twitter
alfred-awesome-lists     alfred-breathe       alfred-lastfm           alfred-pixave   alfred-web-searches
alfred-awgo-practice     alfred-github-users  alfred-learn-anything   alfred-trello   small-workflows

~/app

I put various app configuration and app specific files in there. For example my Alfred preferences is synced to ~/app/alfred/Alfred.alfredpreferences. Here is how the folder looks for me:

~/app
❯ exa
alfred  dash  focus  hammerspoon  iterm  km  paw  safari

~/Documents

I use Documents to store things like books, research papers, uni work, various app related things and files, audio books and more. Here is how my Documents folder looks like:

~/Documents
❯ exa
audio-books  backup  books  design  latex  papers  pdfs  personal  pixave  uni  voice-memos  watch

I use a custom icon for Documents folder just so it's easy to distinguish them from the rest using my folder search workflow.

And since I use Karabiner and it gives me such a freedom of infinite binding of keys. I dedicate my 4 key for quickly opening various folders in Alfred file viewer.

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