Freeware of the Moment- SpiritedAway for the Mac

spiritedawayIf you’re like me, when you are knee-deep in work at your computer, you don’t like distractions.  I have been known to constantly minimize windows to get the desktop clear so I can concentrate on the one task at hand.  It keeps my focus where it needs to be and it’s not a big deal other than the constant minimizing of the extra windows.

That’s where the Freeware of the Moment comes in.  SpiritedAway does one thing and one thing only: After a user-configured amount of time (I use 60 seconds), any window that has not been touched automagically disappears.  The program is still running and can be retrieved when needed from the dock but it is no longer in my way.  It sounds trivial but I can’t emphasize how big an impact this has made on my productivity to get these distractions out of my way.  My desktop stays clean, with only the window I am actually working in on the screen.

SpiritedAway sits in the system menu where you can configure the time delay before windows disappear as well as temporarily deactivate it.  You can also tick certain windows to be excluded so they always stay visible if desired.  I do this with my Mail window, which sits off to the right on the second screen where it doesn’t distract me.

The latest version of SpiritedAway won’t work on Leopard, I’ve been told, but there is an earlier version that I am using that works fine.  Thanks to Merlin Mann for pointing out this great free tool.

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