Leo in his article named constant task switching Talks about how to stop wandering and gives some simple steps one can follow to get the Focus back.

I know I’m losing focus when I’m constantly jumping around from task to task.

This is a “red flag” for me — a sign that I’m doing something wrong. You’ve done it too: switching from one browser tab to another, opening various emails and other messages, checking on this and that. No focus, lots of stress, lots of mental exhaustion without really getting anything done.

The solutions he offers later in the article are minimal, clear and easy to put to practice.

Design for Default

Design for default comes down to a very simple premise: shift your environment so that the good behaviors are easier and the bad behaviors are harder.

A simple, yet a very thought provoking post on how to tweak the environment around to make it for you rather than against you. The entire post is filled with subtle yet powerful suggestions that makes this post a must read for any productivity enthusiast or for any body trying to give up their bad habits.

Rescue time

I was introduced to Rescue time in 2009 by Matt. Ever since, I have been using the free version, I upgraded to the pro version last year and I absolutely love it. If you don’t know what rescue time is, it is a time tracking utility for your computer. I have tracked 5300 hours of my life so far. Whoa! that is huge amount of time on the computer and it is a large amount of data about me and how I have spent my time over the past few years. There is a lot of insight about me and my habits from this data and I use it improve myself and keep my focus on what is better for me.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone. Try out the free version or buy the pro version from here. If you are looking for an in depth review of Rescuetime, Shawn has you covered here.

Alfred 2 vs Launch Bar 6

Have been trying to compare these both apps since I got the macbook pro. Finally found a very detailed video to make an informed decision. This video by Todd Olthoff helped a lot to understand the major differences between the both.

After watching the video, I have decided to give both of these a try for a month to make the decision. Since I have already used Alfred for some time now, I am trying out Launchbar. It is quite good so far, uses probably a tad bit more memory than Alfred but it is hanging in there. I just bought the  Alfred App :).

What is your preferred launcher app?

Trigger lock screen on Mac

Every new Mac convert who came from a windows environment at office wishes for a lock screen. It’s mostly second nature to press the Windows+L keys and leave for a coffee break at office. Macs these days don’t explicity offer an option to lock the screen to users. The sleep option is quite handy but is not the same as a Lock Screen. I seriously wish that my mac streams music to my Denon while the mac is locked which is not possible when you put the mac to a sleep.

The lack of lock screen functionality has been bothering me for a while now. I finally decided enough is enough and sat down to figure out how to Lock the Screen on a mac. Google shows up quite a variety of ways on how one can go locking their mac. So here is a comprehensive list of how the Lock Screen can be evoked.

1) The simplest and easiest way to lock the screen is press Control + Shift + Eject/Power key to Lock the screen. Please do make sure that the security settings of your mac requires you to enter a password after Sleep or Screensaver.

2) Using Alfred app or the Launch Bar app just type lock screen into these app and Bam screen gets locked with a nice animation. You can even create a keyboard shortcut to trigger the lock screen once you have either of these apps.

3) Open the Keychain Acess app and under preferences select the “Show the keychain status in menubar” option. This will show a nice lock icon in the Menubar on which you can click and lock the screen.

If you do have know of other options to trigger the lock screen on a mac, please do let me know, I would love to add them to the list.