One of my biggest producitity drains is seamlessly switching to different applications. Windows doesn’t have good native ways to do this. Especially when I have 10 or 20 different things open. A picture is worth 1000 words, so take a look at my work environment:
You might be wandering why I have so many icons on my taskbar. I generally dedicate different icons for different sets of tasks. Then I group those set of icons together, seperated by blank spaces.