How to Set Up Your Mac for Maximum Productivity in 2023
By Alex • Updated July 8, 2023
If you're an Apple aficionado, you'll be aware that your Mac is not just a sleek device; it's a productivity powerhouse waiting to be unleashed. With a little fine-tuning, you can optimize your Mac to be faster, more efficient, and tailored to your personal needs.
In this guide, we’ll dive deep into how to set up your Mac for maximum productivity, from system settings to productivity apps and more.
Step 1: Optimize System Settings
Tweaking your system settings is the first step in setting up your Mac for success. Here are the top changes you should consider (color coding: Must Change Settings | Should Change Settings | Could Change Settings):
1.1 Trackpad & Mouse Settings
1.2 Dock & Menu Bar Settings
1.3 Notification Settings
1.4 Finder Settings
1.5 Display Settings
1.6 Security Settings
1.7 Desktop Settings
Step 2: Install System Enhancements
The right software can supercharge your Mac's performance. Consider installing system enhancement tools to improve productivity, manage memory better, and boost your Mac’s speed and performance.
Menu Bar Cleanup
Menu Bar Calendar
Best & Free: HyperSwitch
Best & Free: Scroll Reverser
Best & Free: Amphetamine
Step 3: Set Up Productivity Apps
There’s a suite of productivity apps for every possible need. Explore and install apps that align with your work style and tasks.
Visit our Productivity Apps Section for more recommendations.
Step 4: Install Browser Extensions
A well-chosen browser extension can be a game-changer, helping you to streamline your work and save time. Install extensions that can boost your productivity by managing tabs, blocking distractions, or enhancing your search capability.
Step 5: Optimize File Management
File management is crucial for productive workflow. Learn to set up your folders and files efficiently by completing the File Management lesson in our Productivity School Masterclass.
Step 6: Leverage Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts are your best friend when it comes to saving time on a Mac. Visit our ultimate list of the best keyboard shortcuts to find the ones that can save you the most time. As a bonus tip, install the app CheatSheet to view all available shortcuts by holding down the ⌘ key.
By following these steps, you're on your way to transforming your Mac into a truly efficient and personalized machine that’s set up to maximize productivity. Happy optimizing!