One of the most powerful tools on the Mac in terms of day to day productivity boost, has been Spaces. I have been using this feature in Linux for years, but never quite took advantage of it in Windows. Here is how I currently use it. I would love to here your tips and tricks regarding productivity on the Mac.
Currently I have 9 “spaces” set up with the following start up configuration:
The spaces correspond to a grid which is laid out as follows:
1 2 3
4 5 6
7 8 9
Space 1: I keep an open instance of Finder here.
Space 2: Timesheet, for which I currently use Numbers.
Space 3: A open instance of TextEdit where I keep ongoing notes.
Space 4: iTunes resides here, where I usually keep some classical music running when I need to be focused, and podcasts when I’m doing repetitive work.
Space 7: Empty. I usually use this space when I need to do screen sharing and need a clean workspace.
Space 9: Empty. I use this space to work in applications like PhotoShop where I need to focus on one particular project/task.
I use command + arrows to navigate the spaces. I operate from space 5, so I put the most used items in spaces 2,4,6 and 8 for once click easy access.
Do you use Spaces? What other Mac tools do you use to stay productive?