Let me toss out a few of my favorite task and time management buzzwords. GTD. Pomodoro. Both are simple, elegant, time honored methods to become more productive, and both involve something near and dear to us. Time. Or, rather, a clock.
Macs come with a clock built-in to OS X and it’s easily viewed with a quick glance to the Menubar. Since time is so important to people these days why doesn’t Apple provide a movable clock timer that takes up a bit more screen real estate. Here’s an example of what I mean and how it can be used.
Time, Meet OSXClock
As opposed to the clock in OS X, this app is called OSXClock (all one word). Yep. It’s a clock. A floating window clock. A clock that can tell time, track time on different apps, plus there’s a timer, zoomable display, and a built-in alarm.
For Mac users who need to pay a bit more attention to time, who need both an alarm and a timer, OSXClock would be a good choice because it’s well balanced, simple to setup and use, inexpensive, and somewhat customizable.
Plus, it’s nice looking so when you set it to float on the screen it goes where you want, does not disturb, and there’s the clever Ghost Mode. Keep OSXClock on top of other apps, but set the variable transparency so you can still see what’s behind the clock and tell time or time something at the same time.
That makes OSXClock a good way to get into GTD or Pomorodo to improve productivity by setting alarmed time periods to perform specific tasks. Keyboard shortcuts make it simple to invoke and view without your hands leaving the keyboard. But OSXClock has a little more. It can tell you which apps you’ve used, how much time each was used, so it’s good to measure your workflow. All in all, this is well done, priced about right, very useful, and with just a bit of discipline to incorporate into your Mac workflow, a good way to become more productive with little effort or expense.