Adding a few keystroke shortcuts to your repertoire can make your workflow actually flow. Here are a few good ones to learn:
Switching between multiple windows: Alt + Tab
Hold down the Alt key and click Tab. This will bring up a menu with all the open windows. Keep holding down the Alt key and click Tab until you have selected the window you want to switch to. Faster than using the mouse to minimize one window and then maximize another.
Saving: Ctrl + S
Less interruption in your typing means that you can save your work more frequently (and risk losing it less).
Copy: Ctrl + C, Paste: Ctrl + V
Both faster than selecting these commands with the mouse.
Try them and see if they help you!