1. Sword (with back up sword right "above" it in the inventory.)
2. Bow (with arrows right above it)
4. Environment Block
5. Utility slot
6. Utility slot
7. Primary Tool
Utility Slot: an open slot for when I need multiple tools out at once (such as a diamond pick and a stone pick) or multiple block types out at once(such as dirt and logs when repairing endermen holes).
Environment Block: Blocks used for fixing the environment from endermen or player done damage.
Primary Tool: I keep three stone axes, three stone shovels, three stone picks and one diamond pick (if I have no diamond I keep iron) in my inventory at all times, which ever im using goes in this slot. default is a stone pick.
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These are the things I always keep in my inventory/hotbar:
Slot 1: Sword
Slot 2: Pickaxe
Slot 3: Shovel
Slot 4: Axe (If underground,a Bow)
Slot 5: Torches
Slot 6: Cobblestone
Slot 7: Dirt
Slot 8: Bucket of Water
Slot 9: Food
In square 9: always Torches
8: usually something that I'll place, like cobblestone mostly
7: usually a consumable item
6: the same
5: a tool that i don't use very much, a Hoe