We’ve seen a growing number of new buzzword compliant terms that have developed in the Mac community in recent years. Basically, these new terms are merely new words to describe old habits or actions.
For example, there’s ‘minimalist design.’ That’s a new age euphemism for a Mac app with ‘not many features, but with a price tag anyway.’ Another new buzzword which also hides the fact that an app doesn’t have many features is ‘distraction free.’ Get the idea?
Focus Is Not Distraction Free
Most recent Mac versions of OS X and compliant applications adhere to what is called ‘fullscreen‘ mode. While using OS X Yosemite and El Capitan simply click the green button in the upper left corner of most Mac apps and what do you get? Usually the app goes into fullscreen mode which totally blocks out access to anything except the app and whatever window was open at the time.
That’s another way to reduce the number of distractions on the Mac’s screen but the app Focus is different. It adds a productivity timer to Mac’s Menubar. Select a time period from the Menubar to focus on a specific task or project. Focus actually blocks other apps from disturbing your Mac zen so you can, well, focus on the work at hand and not be disturbed by Facebook, Reddit, or any browser app, or Mail, or Skype, or Twitter or whatever blocks your focus.
Click and ye shall see focus. Mac, iPhone, iPad, even Watch.
I hesitate a bit to call Focus a time or task management app, but that’s really what it does. It helps you focus on a specific task, a todo item, even a project.
Now, here’s where Focus separates itself from the riffraff of distraction free and minimalist apps and fullscreen mode. It comes with a scheduler. And a bunch of built-in motivational quotes to help improve your focus and productivity.
Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.
Wait. There’s more and it’s good. Focus has a built-in scheduler so Focus can help you focus only when you need to be focused. There’s also a Hardcore Focus mode which, once the timer and scheduler is set, won’t let you use anything else on the Mac except what you should be focused on at the time.
Use the global hotkey to make Focus help you focus or just use the single click option. Regardless, you’ll have no choice but to focus on the Mac task at hand and that will make you more productive.
Caveats? Not in actual usage of the Mac, iPhone, or even the Watch app. They work as advertised. Focus for iOS is modestly priced, but the Mac version does not come with a try-before-you-buy option and it’s priced well above the iPhone version.