The apps we use day to day allow us to get the work & play done on our macs. Finding those gems in a sea of apps that allow us to save time, improve our workflow, or make our everyday tasks easier can make all the difference. Here’s a list of my top five favorite productivity applications.
1-TextExpander (Automate Keystrokes)
TextExpander allows users to simply input a few keystrokes in place of full phrases you may typically input. Some great examples are addresses, e-mail signatures, and various other repetitive text forms. You simply set a shortcut such as:
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This saves you a ton of time & can help in a variety of situations. A great part of the app is the communities snippets that you can find online to help you in various situations. A great technique I’ve seen is using TextExpander to autocorrect common typos you may constantly input. Simply put if your typing a lot & spend a great amount of your time filling out forms, inputting text, typing then grab it!
2-Yoink (Taking Drag & Drop to the next level)
This is a simple but highly effective utility that takes the common drag & drop functionality & brings it to the next level. Yoink adds a pop-out bar to OS X that allows you to easily drag files from anywhere into Yoink. This allows you do multiple things. This is even more useful for OS X users who are limited to a single screen. As this saves you the tedious tasks of navigating finder windows or copy/pasting files & so on.
You can store app-content into the Yoink bar & then simply switch to the app you’d like to use them in. A great example is taking multiple files from a desktop & dragging them into Yoink from there swiping back to another space or app like mail. What I love most about Yoink is the customizable options it brings. Allowing you to easily place the Yoink bar & adjusting it to your liking. Simple time saving apps like these go a long way.
3-Daisy Disk (Find the Largest Files in the Shortest Time)
Time to time our mac hard drives get full & it’s a reminder for us to do some file cleaning. Whenever it happens it can be a hassle to find out what exactly is taking up the most space on your hard drive & how to get rid of it. Having an app daisy disk saves you all the time hunting the files down or going into Finder’s plain view size system.
DaisyDisk makes this process simple & better yet visually appealing. Laying out your disk in fragments so you can visually see which larger chunks are taking up your hard drive & making it simple to find & delete them. While you may not be doing this constantly whenever you need it the time save makes the app highly worth it.
4-F.Lux (Adjust your display to the time of day)
F.lux to me is an essential tool to have any time you get a new computer. While it isn’t an app that you interact with per say it’s something that’ll make those long hours of computer usage that much more bearable & return productive.
F.lux aims to essentially eliminate blue light the light emitted from display that not only effects our eyes but our sleep as well. The app adjusts the hue/color of your monitor depending on the time of day. Getting warmer as the night goes on & back to normal during the day. While it takes some time to get used to it’s definitely worth it.
5-Wunderlist (Easiest way to make/share lists)
There’s no shortage of to-do based apps but Wunderlist has always been a personal favorite. It’s cross platform compatibility & ease of use when it comes to sharing lists out makes it a key app. Whether it’s personal lists or professional based ones you can easily organize, share out, and create separate lists. All with a simple user interface to match.
So get working & remember that productivity at the end of the day comes down to whatever works best for you & your workflow. Whether it’s free, paid, mobile, or desktop apps as long as you get working!