8 Great Productivity Apps for Mac OS X

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					?Mac OS X is a great operating system used by a lot of businesses, professionals and
simply creative people all over the world. There are a lot of amazing apps for any kind
of work out there for Macs, and most of them have very thought out interfaces that are
optimized for speed and quality of results.

Of course, any professional would need to be focused on the work, not be distracted
by anything and be as productive as he can without over-exerting himself and getting
fatigued from working. And of course, a lot of Mac OS X applications developers
thought of that, too, and created quite a few useful apps that will help anyone be more
productive and stay focused while working on their Mac computers.
1. iDeskCal

8 Great Productivity Apps for Mac OS X

This is a very useful app that embeds your calendar on your Mac OS X desktop,
below your desktop items but above the wallpaper. This way, you can quickly take a
look and see what you have to do and when. The apps interface is completely
configurable, so you can change the colors, the position where it appears, its size and
other settings.
2. Focus Booster.

8 Great Productivity Apps for Mac OS X

This application uses the Pomodoro technique to help you manage your time better
and be more productive. The Pomodoro system is basically a ratio of 25 minutes of
work, then 5 minutes of rest. This way, you rest 10 minutes every hour, which makes
you feel much less tired than if you worked continuously, and therefore, you can
accomplish more things at a higher quality. The Focus Booster app is AIR based and
is basically a timer that counts how much time you have left for work and for resting.
You have to start every session manually, so you do need to have a strong sense of
discipline in order to use this app properly.
3. Self Control.

8 Great Productivity Apps for Mac OS X

If youre like millions of other people, you most probably cant help but visit some of
your favorite sites every half an hour or so, and if you find something interesting, you
can forget about work for hours (especially if youre self-employed). Self Control is a
great app for Mac OS X that will stop you from doing that. You create a blacklist of
time consuming sites that are not needed for your work, and set aside a specific
amount of time for work. When you launch the app, the sites you blacklisted wont be
accessible, even if you restart your computer or delete the application! Youll have
nothing else to focus on but work (hopefully :-) . This is an especially great app for
those who lack self-discipline.
4. aLaunch.

8 Great Productivity Apps for Mac OS X

This is a pretty simple application launcher, and it sits in the status menu at all times.
You can have your full collection of apps there and launch any of them in less than 3
clicks. No need to search for the launchers anymore!
5. Spirited Away.

8 Great Productivity Apps for Mac OS X

Contrary to what some of you might think, this entry doesnt mean you can watch the
critically acclaimed Spirited Away and magically become more productive :-) . On the
contrary, you will just lose a couple of hours (though the movie is interesting if you
have time to spare). Spirited Away is actually the name of an application that helps
you focus on work by hiding all of the inactive apps after a pre-set amount of time.
This minimizes the clutter on your desktop and removes unneeded windows from
your view, which is great when you need to concentrate on one task.
6. Think.

8 Great Productivity Apps for Mac OS X

This is a great app that simply hides and blocks any other windows except the one
youre working in. This helps you concentrate only on that specific window and not
get distracted by anything else. You can switch between windows using the apps
integrated switcher.
7. Isolator.

8 Great Productivity Apps for Mac OS X

Isolator is another windows blocking app that is a bit more configurable than Think. It
allows you to hide and block unnecessary windows using a few types of overlays
(blur, bloom, desaturate, etc.), and it also lets you switch between windows by
clicking on the needed ones through the overlay (unlike Think).
8. Name Changer.

8 Great Productivity Apps for Mac OS X

This is a very useful tool if you work with a lot of files and need to rename them (like
when writing reports and building databases or having tons of photos and needing to
categorize them). You can change the name of hundreds of files in mere seconds or
minutes. You can rename them using wildcards, replacements, sequence of words and
preset names and other methods.
The above applications will surely be useful if you want to work better and be more
productive. Of course, there are other great apps, and you can find them on Google or
on specialized web sites. Good luck!

				
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