This is probably the quickest, shortest tip in getting things done that you’ll ever read. Keep in mind, this is about getting things done on your computer.
Several weeks ago, I was messing around with my App Dock. Now, before all you Windows users stop reading, let me tell you that I used to do the same thing with my Windows Taskbar. I would try it on the sides, the bottom (where it usually is) and the top. When I was a Windows users, I usually liked it at the top. Weird, I know.
After having surveyed a few online friends about how they like their Apple App Dock positioned (this post is seeming weirder and weirder as I write this), I decided to give the ‘hiding’ dock a try.
Here’s what I found:
I couldn’t believe how much more focused I became on my tasks. My mind wasn’t distracted by those shiny pretty icons. My habitual email check-in, my Twitter pass-by, those nasty habits along with the icons staring at me had been diverting my attention from the primary task—window—that I needed to be working on.
Now when I want to switch apps, instead of mousing to the dock, I use CMD+TAB or mouse over to ‘unhide’ it. The same can be done for Windows, too. Just setup your Windows Taskbar to auto-hide the same way, and you can use ALT+TAB to switch programs or mouse over to ‘unhide’ it.
I know it isn’t much and may have more to do with personal preference than anything else, but I have found that having less peripheral stuff on my desktop is helping increase my focus by eliminating distractions. It was a little hard to get used to at first, since it changed my keystroke and muscle memory habits, but after doing this for a few weeks, I’ll never go back.