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How to Get Things Done on Your Mac

“To be productive, we must be able to focus all of our energies on the task before us.” – Leo’s Mac Format productivity article

I’ve long been a fan of the Macintosh (since my first Mac Plus in the 1980s), and while the OS has changed drastically over the years, if anything its appeal to aesthetic people like myself has grown.

However, creative types aren’t known for their organization and productivity. While they’d like to have these qualities, there’s no doubt that it doesn’t come naturally.

I recently wrote an article for Mac Format, the UK’s leading Mac magazine, called “Get things done on your Mac”. Mac Format has graciously allowed me to offer it to you all for free as a PDF download: download it here (4 MB pdf – hosted on Scribd– you can read it there, or click on the PDF download link when you get there).

Some of the top tips in the article (regular Zen Habits readers will be familiar with most of these):

  1. How to clear your Mac desktop.
  2. How to create a minimalist working environment.
  3. Why Spotlight makes filing unnecessary.
  4. How to use utilities such as Quicksilver, Mail Act-on, and others to be productive.
  5. How to make quick decisions.
  6. How to clear your mind so you can focus on the task at hand.
  7. Why single-tasking is better than multi-tasking.

To be honest, some of the tips are pretty basic for experienced Mac users, but from beginners to power users, there should be something for everyone. With such a nice layout, it’s worth a look, even if you’re not a Mac user.

Download it here (4 MB pdf – hosted on Scribd– you can read it there, or click on the PDF download link when you get there).

Update: Because the file is so large, and so many people were downloading it, I have moved it to Mediafire Scribd. I should have thought of that from the start!

“By making decisions now instead of later, you get them off your mind and allow yourself to focus.”



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