Did you know that the average worker is only productive for about 3 out of 8 hours? You’re probably no different, and neither am I. That’s why we need to make the most use out of our productive hours.The problem is, too many of those hours are spent doing ‘busy work’ such as searching for files, executing system commands, or opening and closing files to see if you got the right one (the absolute worst!).Here are two Mac OS X apps that you can use to cut down on that busy work, and the best part— they’re free!
The first app is called the Alfred App. This app will basically save you the hassle of constantly typing the same phrases over and over again and opening and closing files until you find the right one, and you won’t even have to lift your fingers off the keyboard!That’s right, the Alfred App allows you to launch applications and find files on your Mac using customized keyboard hotkeys and you can even use the same feature to browse the web as well.Looking for a specific piece of information within a file but not sure which file it is? The Alfred App allows you to preview the contents of a file by merely tapping the ‘Shift’ key. No more waiting for each individual file to open and close!
Tired of typing the same phrases over and over again in your work? Alfred App allows you to create your own snippets with their own associated abbreviations. Now you’ll be able to reply to all those boring office emails in no time at all.
And if you want even more features, you can get their premium version for £19 (~$24).
The second app is called ClipMenu. It’s a very simple app that allows you to easily access all previous items on your clipboard. So, if you find yourself constantly pasting the same few things over and over again, give this app a shot. You can store as many items on your clipboard as you like, with memory space being the only limitation.
So the next time your coworker wonders how you can work for hours without taking your hands off your keyboard like a hacker on TV, tell them about these apps!