The human eye is extremely sensitive to changes in the visual field – especially in the periphery. The OS X Finder places quite a few distractions – changing things unrelated to the task at hand – in the edges of the screen.
Let’s eliminate them.
Start by opening up
"Automatically hide and show the Dock"
This will hide any dock-icon based indicators (unread mail, etc).
Bluetooth > Settings: Uncheck
"Show Bluetooth status in the menu bar"
This keeps any change in your Bluetooth status from distracting you.
Energy Saver > Options: Uncheck
"Show battery status in the menu bar"
This keeps the changing battery indicator from distracting you.
Sound > Options: Uncheck
"Show volume in the menu bar"
The indicator that shows up when you change the volume is so much better.
Date & Time > Clock: Uncheck
"Show the date and time"
It was the changing clock that started me on this quest to eliminate distractions. My replacement – the world clock Dashboard Widget.
Now open up
Internet Connect, select AirPort and Uncheck
"Show AirPort status in menu bar"
This keeps changes in the wifi signal from distracting you (you’ll probably feel it in the page loads if something happens, to verify an issue, open up Internet Connect).
Tomorrow, we’ll go through some other apps. Until then
Command + H.