This is for the newbie, but not exactly the noobie newbie. More for those who are comfortable with Emacs but not comfortable with what features are available and how to personalize emacs.
Renames and Moves
dired gives you quick ways if you don't want to hack your own (you don't!). Once in the
dired buffer for the appropriate directory, use bound keystrokes for your work.
R stands for rename, for example. Also,
dired will creating missing directories.
A Shorter Path
Hydra allows you to define a common prefix, behind which exist a host of keys that are meaningful only in that context, and those keys can execute any command bound to them. In simpler words, beyond the prefix, you now get the freedom to not use the Control/Meta keys - a nice productivity boost.
If you have Counsel, then it provides
Shows you your org-mode outline
ivyfor quick search-based narrow-down.