I’m not going to be one of those bloggers who uses a whole post to apologize for not having posted in so long, so let’s jump right into a look at Think a mac application from Freeverse.


Think does one simple thing: it hides all applications except the one you’re working in. There’s a whole lot more to it and more sophisticated features but I’m not going to talk about that. Instead I’d like to address how surprisingly useful this application is.

It’s A Bug, Not a Feature

I remember when I could only do one thing at a time on my computer. The last time was probably when I had a Mac Plus that ran applications off a floppy disk. If you wanted to run another app you had to quit whatever you were doing, eject one disk and insert another. Over time computers added more and more memory and designers came up with ways to switch between applications running at the same time. Now I regularly run around a dozen apps on my computer simultaneously, often switching between them constantly. Rather than making me more efficient this constant switching of tasks and contexts makes me scattered, tired and unhappy.

One Thing At a Time

Of course, there’s no putting the genie back in the bottle. I’m not going to go back to only running one application at a time. The time spent quitting and starting up apps would seem immense, even if it made me more efficient overall. I just don’t have the discipline to take that kind of step. Likewise, I don’t have the self control to just work on one thing at a time when all those other apps are clamoring for my attention in the Dock and around my Desktop. So what’s a guy to do?

Help Is On The Way

Think has effectively solved the problem of app overload. Seeing just one application at a time (with the rest of the screen blacked out) has an enormously calming effect on me, making focusing on the task at had much easier. There’s still times when I flit between apps, although I’m trying to keep that to a minimum. But when Think is doing its job I can turn off all the noise of multiple applications, desktop background, etc., and just. do. one. thing.

If this appeals to you, check out Think. Oh, and it’s free.

1 Comment »

  1. Sean Johnson Said,

    August 15, 2009 @ 3:12 am

    Glad to have you back Ben!

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