the distraction free mac

November 7, 2008

Mac users rave about the clean and streamlined user interface that a Mac offers compared to Windows; I am of the same mind. But, if you want a simple interface, why not go all the way? When I really need to engage on a project, I trim my screen down so that all I can […]

away with you, menubar!

October 31, 2008

This is part of an ongoing series called Blinders where I explore some of the ways I streamline my computer workflows to minimize distractions. My digital life took a turn for the better this week. Here’s a peek: Nothing special? Look pretty boring? Exactly. I was able to put the final piece in place toward […]

the blinder workstation (or, the poor man's macbook air)

September 2, 2008

This is part of an ongoing series called Blinders where I explore some of the ways I streamline my computer workflows to minimize distractions. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the old 12″ G4 PowerBook. (That’s a guilt-free way of saying that I coveted one every time I saw one in […]

using spaces as blinders

July 29, 2008

This is part of an ongoing series called Blinders where I explore some of the ways I streamline my computer workflows to minimize distractions. I’m often surprised by how many Mac users I see that aren’t using Spaces. It does require a new way of thinking about the desktop, but once you have put it […]

freeeeeeedddoooommmm!

April 18, 2008

Since I first talked about Blinders, there has been a common theme around here of finding ways to streamline and eliminate distractions. A few weeks ago, I mentioned turning wireless off. For a little more drastic measure, you might (and I might!) consider a program a a friend told me about called Freedom: Freedom is […]

blinders: for a distracted mind

March 18, 2008

This is the introduction to an ongoing series called Blinders. I’m going to explore some ways I try to help my oft distracted mind stay focused on what I’m doing. Last week, I started meandering through A Perfect Mess. I’ve only read about a tenth of it, so I probably shouldn’t comment on it yet. […]

capture everything: ideas

February 4, 2008

This is part 3 of 5 in a series on capturing everything. Other entries: capture everything: buckets capture everything: tasks capture everything: out and about capture everything: the incubator capture everything revisited: jott Once you start to really get serious about capturing every thought of value (and some that aren’t), you’ll quickly realize there are […]

capture everything: tasks

January 28, 2008

This is part 2 of 5 in a series on capturing everything. Other entries: capture everything: buckets capture everything: ideas capture everything: out and about capture everything: the incubator capture everything revisited: jott My mind rarely seems to stick to one thing very well. Dang, this coffee is good. I need to work this Coldplay […]