One of the buzzwords to hit Mac users in recent years is ‘focus,’ sometimes referred to as ‘distraction free’ apps. In other words, an app that lets you focus on the task at hand and not be distracted by all the visual noise coming to the Mac’s screen.
Visual noise? The 21st century is hallmarked by a plethora of apps; not just iPhone and iPad, but even the Mac has far more apps that we could ever use or try, and of those we keep each one is vying for our attention, begging to be used.
Even Apple has succumbed to the distraction free trend with fullscreen mode which is available in most apps, and it’s built in and free. If you’d like a little more control over which apps you want to become distraction free then you’ll like OneFocus. It’s an inexpensive utility which lives in the Menubar and gives you options to work on a single app at a time, for a specific duration, blocking out all other apps.
Click the Menubar and this is what you get.
OneFocus works simply enough, too. Select the apps you want to allow and use. Set the duration for the ones you want to use at the moment. Click the Start button and start working.
What gets blocked from view is, well, pretty much everything else that could come into view. The screen lets you view and use whichever app you’ve selected, ostensibly increasing your focus, which improves productivity and efficiency by reducing the temptation to switch from whatever you’re working on at the moment to respond to incoming email or text messages or check Notification Center.
OneFocus is a Mac App Store app but the developer has wisely provided a try-before-you-buy option. This one is nicely done, elegant, simple to setup and use, and, if you use it to focus on a single app, improves your time management.