Attention Management

3 Ways to Trick Your Brain Into Doing Hard Work #video - "Sometimes, you sit down with the best of intentions and... nothing gets done. Like Eddie Morra at the beginning of Limitless, you put in the time, stay in the room, and yet the inspiration refuses to strike. Other times, you just intend to jot something down and end up getting a ton of work done almost by accident. But it's not actually an accident; you've just successfully tricked your brain into working. In this video, I'll share three ways you can successfully pull off this trick."

The 5 Whys #video - "In this video from our "Strategic Thinking" module, Eric Reis, entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School, gives us advice on asking the right questions to discover the managerial and leadership issues behind technical problems: The 5 Whys."

100 time, energy, and attention hacks to be more productive #article - "Toward the end of my year of productivity, I realized that every single article I wrote for A Year of Productivity could be classified into one (or more) of three categories: how to better manage your time, how to better manage your energy, and how to better manage your attention."

Bunch #software - "A Batch Application Launcher for your Dock"

Digital Minimalism - with Dr. Cal Newport #podcast - "Cal Newport created a philosophy called digital minimalism, which is idea of reducing your digital life down to only the most important core essentials. Remove the apps from your phone, then slowly re-introduce only the ones that are the most useful and beneficial. Take control of your smartphone, rather than letting it control you."

The Focus Toolkit - Thomas Frank - "Need to focus? Here’s a toolbox full of resources that will help you do it successfully."

Forest #app - "Stay focused, be present"

Hocus Focus #software - "Hocus Focus automatically hides application windows that have been inactive for a certain period of time, leaving only the applications you’re using visible. It’s a great way to keep your screens clutter free and your mind focused on the task at hand."

How To Hack Your To-Do List #video - How GTD principles free up your attention to focus on what's important. "We talked with David Allen, the author of, "Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity," about how to hack through your to-do list and free up your mind to focus on what's actually most important to you."

How to Prevent the Internet From Taking Over Your Life: Digital Minimalism 06 #video - "It's way too easy now to let the internet be a part of every aspect of our lives. This was starting to have a really negative effect on me, so I decided to do something about it."

Makerflow - "What could your team achieve with an extra 600 hours? Makerflow helps software engineers manage their tasks and limit interruptions from other collaboration apps - improving productivity, quality and reducing cycle time."

Quitter #software - "Quitter is a Mac app that automatically hides or quits apps after periods of inactivity, inspired by my Automatic Social Discipline method. It’s great for minimizing distraction from social apps like Twitter and Slack, news readers, or even your email app."

ScreenFocus #software - "Working with multiple monitors made right."

Why it's so Hard to Focus #video - "In this video, I go over why focusing is hard."

Workspace #software - "Launch/close a bunch of macOS apps just in 1 click!"

Workspaces #software - "Meet your personal project assistant!"

Blocking Distractions

BlockSite #extension - "Stay focused and improve productivity. Easily block any distracting or harmful website. Stop procrastination once and for all!"

Delay #extension - "Delay is used to break habitual browsing, by having the moment to reflect you'll decide if you want to navigate to the website."

Focus #software - "Reclaim your productivity by blocking distracting sites and applications, like Facebook and Fortnite. Stay on task and in flow to accomplish your best work!"

FocusMe #app #software - "Break free from distractions, Unleash your productivity. FocusMe is the most powerful App and Website Blocker for Windows, Mac & Android. Our Android app is free!" Coupon code: MAY20

SelfControl #software - "A free Mac application to help you avoid distracting websites."

Deep Work

Cal Newport - on Deep Work #video #podcast - "Cal Newport author of Deep Work talks about how to concentrate intently on cognitively demanding tasks without distractions. Cal explains how we can use different methods to develop this deep work skill in order to become our most productive selves."

Deep Work by Cal Newport #article - Book summary.

Deep Habits: Three Tips for Taming Undecidable Tasks #article - " In a recent blog post I introduced the notion of undecidable tasks — a particularly important type of work that’s not well covered by standard productivity advice."

Optimize Interview: Deep Work with Cal Newport #video #podcast

Why DEEP WORK is So Valuable, with Cal Newport | Afford Anything Podcast (Ep. #42) | Audio #video #podcast - "Your most valuable asset isn’t your house, car or retirement portfolio. It’s your attention."

Tab Management

The Great Suspender #extension - "A lightweight extension to reduce chrome's memory footprint. Perfect if you have a lot of tabs open at the same time. Tabs that have not been viewed after a configurable length of time will be automagically suspended in the background, freeing up the memory and CPU being consumed by that tab." #chrome

Merge Windows #extension - "Click and merge all open windows in single one." #chrome #opera #firefox

OneTab #extension - "Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once." #chrome

Tab Shepherd #extension - "Automatically closes inactive tabs and makes it easy to get them back." #chrome

Tabs Outliner #extension - "Tabs Outliner is a fusion of tabs manager, session manager and an tree like personal information organizer. It’s also embed instruments that greatly help reduce open tabs count by making possible easily annotate and close-save open windows and tabs in their original context. And what’s more important - allow then working with there saved tabs practically in the same way as with open ones, thus greatly reducing resources usage." #chrome

Window Management

Amethyst - "Automatic tiling window manager for macOS à la xmonad."

AROW - "AROW is a lightweight and efficient app that makes it as easy as possible for you to arrange, resize, organize windows in ways that are just above OS X’s capabilities."

BetterSnapTool - "BetterSnapTool allows you to easily manage your window positions and sizes by either dragging them to one of the screen's corners or to the top, left or right side of the screen. This enables you to easily maximize your windows, position them side by side or even resize them to quarters of the screen."

Better Window Manager - "Put Windows Where You Want!"

Breeze - "Maximize your productivity with simple window management."

Cinch - "Cinch allows you to precisely resize a window simply by dragging to the left, right, or top screen edge."

Divvy - "Window management at its finest"

DoublePane - "DoublePane effortlessly repositions application windows to maximize your screen space for easy side-by-side viewing."


HyperDock - "HyperDock adds long awaited features to your Dock: Select individual application windows just by moving the mouse on a dock item, use mouse clicks to quickly open new windows and many more."

Magnet - "Magnet keeps your workspace organized. Activated by dragging, customizable keyboard shortcuts or via menu bar, Magnet declutters your screen by snapping windows into organized tiles." 👍

MercuryMover - "MercuryMover reduces the friction you feel when you use your Mac. With MercuryMover, you can move and resize windows on your Mac from the keyboard, positioning them precisely where you want. By shunning the slow and imprecise mouse, MercuryMover empowers you to work faster and play more. Download and try MercuryMover today!"

Moom - "Move and zoom windows"

Mosaic - "Effortlessly resize and reposition macOS apps"

Optimal Layout - "The ultimate window manager, for Mac OS X"

osxmonad - "This is a library which allows XMonad to manage Mac OS X windows."

ShiftIt - "Managing window size and position in OSX"

SizeUp - "SizeUp allows you to quickly resize and position your windows with keyboard shortcuts or a handy menu bar icon."

Slate - "A window management application (replacement for Divvy/SizeUp/ShiftIt)"

Spectacle - "Move and resize windows with ease. Window control with simple and customizable keyboard shortcuts"

Sticker - "A simple and intuitive way to manage your windows on a Mac"

TileWindows - "TileWindows is a window management tool developed to provide a quick and practical way to rearrange and resize windows as and when required. In addition to the programs preset window layout options, it includes also standard functions such as half-sizing a window to the left or right of the screen, cascading windows or switching to full screen mode. Customizable shortcuts can be used instead of the menubar."

Veeer - "A Lightweight Window Manager for your OSX."

Window Manager for Mac - "Split Screen Mac Like You Can in Windows"

Windownaut - "Tame your app windows."

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