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Dec 01, 2018 10:51:51

Clutter

by @valentino | 296 words | 64🔥 | 362💌

Valentino Urbano

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Most of my latest apps (some released, some unreleased) are built around the idea of removing clutter from your computer to ease your mind.

It seems like I'm on a crusade against clutter, but why?

The cognitive load that clutter brings upon you it's hidden, but it's definitely there.


It asks for your attention and distracts you from what's important. The worst part about it is that you don't notice. It's not obvious as it is social media or any other distraction. It's more subtle and because of that more dangerous. It doesn't make you waste hours but seconds, seconds that compounded every day for months turn into minutes and eventually hours.


4 seconds * 30 days = 2 minutes

4 seconds * 1 year = 24 hours


It's just one more thing competing for your attention and trying to make you lose focus on what you're doing.


1. Open only the apps you're using at the moment

It doesn't mean to open and close apps every second. If you need to switch between two or three different applications, that's totally fine. Don't just open Photoshop because you're going to need it in a few hours and then leave it open and running.


2. Adapt your dock (or the icons on your Desktop if you're using Windows) to what you need

Your dock shouldn't be static. If there is an app you never use, remove it right away. You can always access it using spotlight, it's just taking unnecessary space.


3. Use fullscreen

When possible try using fullscreen. It will force you to only focus on one application at a time and you can easily switch between them by swiping.


You don't need to use all of the tips right away, you can start with one.


Changing how you work is though, always try with small changes at first.

Originally published at www.valentinourbano.com

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    @valentino dope tips man, we have pretty similar work ethics!

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 02, 2018 09:37:40
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      also I would add to only use one screen, it's complementary to your first tip about using fullscreen

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 02, 2018 09:38:25
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      @valentino @basilesamel Yeah, I'm using one screen only as well, the only advice I'd give is make sure it is not too small. I've worked on a 12' Macbook Air without problems, but it is small and you really feel the difference when you switch to a 15'.

      Valentino Urbano avatar Valentino Urbano | Dec 02, 2018 11:48:39
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