The complexities of modern life have given birth to a number of methods, processes, and procedures to help us cope, get by, even succeed from time to time, despite the notion that the deck is stacked against us. I’m certain that my great grandfather, a farmer, never had a todo list, and wasn’t concerned with the GTD Getting Things Done method, either.
He just did what was necessary because life wasn’t as complicated back then. He didn’t own a Mac, either. For Mac users feeling the pressure of too much screen activity– Notification Center, Mail badges, Messages, Reminders, Calendar events, FaceTime or Skype calls and all the incoming things trying to grab our attention– there’s OneFocus.
If ever there was a simple app that helps Mac users do more by focusing on less, it’s OneFocus. If you’re distracted by anything that goes on from your Mac, let OneFocus take over by blocking every app until you’re ready to check Mail, view Messages, see Calendar events, and so on.
That’s all it does. From the Mac’s Menubar, OneFocus blocks all other apps from bothering you for a prescribed time period. Got a project that needs some extra focus? Set OneFocus to 30 minutes or one hour and click the Start button.
Your Mac won’t bother you during the time period you set, unless you click an allowed app (sometimes you need to use multiple apps during the focus period). This is the ultimate companion to David Allen’s Getting Things Done method by giving you the freedom to focus without the worry of being bothered by all those Mac apps that, well, bother you when you need to focus.
Short of turning off the Mac or shutting the MacBook’s lid, this is the easiest way to get some work done by focusing on the work and not being interrupted by bells, whistles, and badges. Nicely done. Free. And an inexpensive Pro version with a few more features.