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My name is Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus. At age 30, I quit a job in advertising I'd grown to despise and became a writer. Everyone but my wife thought it would be a miracle if I succeeded. To their surprise, I had sold a few books (anyone remember Stupid Mac Tricks?) and was making a comfortable living as a writer by the mid-1990s.
But, while I seemed to be “making it,” making it was killing me. I seemed to work all the time, and while I never missed a deadline, I was tense and irritable, with the shortest of short tempers.
Then, at age 40-something, I learned I had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D.). It explained a lot, and made me realize I'd have to figure out ways to compensate for symptoms that included (but were not limited to): a laughably short attention span; difficulty focusing on a single task for more than a few moments; an inability to keep my ass in a chair (vital if you're going to be a writer); and a penchant for procrastination.
I read a lot about how to prosper in spite of A.D.H.D.; on personal productivity and time management; and on procrastination (and ways to avoid it). What I found was there is little advice out there for computer users (and even less for Mac users.) Time and again I found discussions of essential time management tools and techniques like to-do lists, calendars, and journals—things that are arguably better suited to a Mac than to pen and paper—were often dismissed with a throwaway paragraph or two (or not mentioned at all).
And that's why I felt I had to write Working Smarter for Mac Users.
I Know It Works
These are the exact techniques I've used to crank out more than 80 books in 25 years (macOS Sierra For Dummies, iPhone For Dummies, and iPad For Dummies to name a few); as well as weekly columns for The Houston Chronicle (Dr. Mac) and The Mac Observer (Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves) for the past two decades.
Let Me Help You Work Smarter
Here are just some of the issues Working Smarter for Mac Users can help you resolve:
- If you're having trouble getting stuff done in a timely fashion, Working Smarter for Mac Users has dozens of tips and techniques guaranteed to help.
- If you spend too much time "down the rabbit hole" (i.e. doing something other than what you're supposed to be doing) watching cat videos or buying stuff you don't need on Amazon, you'll find myriad proven techniques for avoiding distraction in Working Smarter for Mac Users.
- If something you do on your Mac takes you longer than you think it should, Working Smarter for Mac Users includes dozens of tips that will save you time every time you use your Mac.
If you always believed your computer was supposed to make things easier, but don't feel that's the case, Working Smarter for Mac Users can help.