As my anxiety became more severe recently, I had to stop using GNOME. I picked Xfce as an immediate replacement.
- no animations, no waiting between input and response. I CAN'T WAIT!
- nothing is hidden from me. The running applications are always visible and accessible.
- not so hard to setup. Debian does most of it for me. Arch requires installing a screen locker and gvfs-mtp so it will automount Android phones.