First, we have minimalist apps; supposedly those of modest features that are easier to learn and use. Minimalist is more of a euphemism for apps with few features, but come with a price tag. Second, we have distraction free apps. You know what that means, right?
Distraction Free Isn’t Free
Today’s Mac screen is a far cry from Mac screens of yesteryear. We have badges and Notification Center and enough RAM and OS X capability to open up a dozen apps at once, though only one can be used at a time. All those floating windows and alarms and alerts and badges and bounces on the screen are trying to get our attention, for which we now have a deficit.
Enter the new buzzword for the masses. Distraction free. Apple builds in to OS X a way to minimize the many and varied distractions vying for our attention.
How? Fullscreen mode. Hit the green button on an app in OS X Yosemite and you’ll likely be treated to an app that takes up the Mac’s entire screen, while minimizing some– but not all– the distractions coming from elsewhere.
Or, add OneFocus to your Mac, focus on the app you want for however long you prefer, and make sure other apps don’t bother you while you wile away your time. This clever little Mac utility does two things very well, all in an attempt to help you focus.
OneFocus lives in the Mac’s Menubar so it’s convenient to access from within any Mac app on the screen. Click the Menubar and set the amount of time you want to work on an app, and select which app to use.
Everything else is blocked out, hence no more distractions.
Ready to switch to a different app; maybe to browse, or check email, or do a little Facebook? Click, switch, set the time.
You control which apps show up in the presets and keyboard shortcuts make you a Mac power user. The status icon also displays the amount of time remaining.
Yes, it would be just as easy to use fullscreen mode in OS X Yosemite or El Capitan and that’s free, but it’s not as much fun as OneFocus, doesn’t come with a timer, doesn’t block access to other apps, and won’t help the world’s app-making industry.
Caveats? Not many. OneFocus works in the Mac’s Menubar and that’s probably already overcrowded. And you’ll need to adjust your workflow to make the app work for you, but it works.