How to simplify your Mac desktop and Dock with the Apple Calendar widget

As you probably know, I like to keep my Mac desktop simple and the apps I run at a minimum to keep me focused. Today my mind wandered off into the twilight zone and my thoughts gave me a task:

See if I was able to simplify it even more.

I only run less than a handful of apps at any one time, and if I'm not using an app, I close it. Simple! The apps I have in my Mac Dock are, again, very minimal. I only have Safari and Things 3 permanently in the Dock. Even my Menu Bar is setup in a way as to not disturb me when I'm working on my MacBook.

The way I do this is with an app called Bartender. It hides any Menu Bar apps in a folder. I only open it when I need to access something specific. All apps in the Menu Bar are things running in the background anyway.

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Anyhow, back to my story.

Before today I always had my agenda app open but as I don't always have a full agenda, I thought of a way to not to always have it open, to keep my Dock even simpler. This is when I started to think about the new macOS widgets in the Notification Center.

We all have recently been given Widgets on our iOS devices, but I never thought about using them on my Mac as I found it to be a bothersome affair. But that changed today.

I added the Apple Calendar widget at the top of the Widgets pile and let me tell you, it's been a game changer! No more fumbling with opening the app and having a big window staring back at me. No more wasted space in my Dock too.

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All I do now is flick from right to left on the trackpad and boom! I see all my agenda items quickly and easily. But, I know this could be easier. YES even easier!

I found that you can open the Notification Center where the Widgets are with a keyboard shortcut once you set it within the System Preferences. So now I have a key command to open it. No more taking my hands off the keyboard!

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It's the little things that keep a person happy, amused and feeling accomplished, and this is what I LOVE to do. Making systems easier to use and find the simplest way to make life even simpler.

If you found this article helpful hit reply and let me know, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. Also, let me know if you have a special way you've setup your Mac to help you focus better.

Nov 19, 2020