Most of us get things done by using one of a few time honored methods. To-do lists. Someone nagging us. Or, old fashioned focus. For Mac users there are dozens of apps to manage to-do lists, alert us with an alarm, and help us to focus on a task.
The newest is also free. It’s called Focusbar and it’s basically a popup window– a bar– which nags you into focusing on a specific action, task, or project on your Mac.
Here’s what Focusbar looks like on your Mac’s screen.
The idea behind Focusbar is to help you with, well, focus– so your mind doesn’t wander off and browse the web, check email, or do any of the other items Mac users engage in when not actually focusing on a task at hand.
The Focusbar bar will come and go once you set the Start Activity button. Click the Focusbar icon in the Menubar and here’s what you get.
What you get onscreen is a pop up window– the focus bar– which reminds you of the important task you should be working on instead of browsing Facebook.
A slider controls the annoyance level (how often Focusbar pops up). And you can move the focus bar to different positions on the screen.
Focusbar is a crude but very effective way to get you back on track. It’s free but needs some kind of sound alarm to get your attention if you’re dawdling on something else.