Try A Computer ‘Desktop Zero’ To Stay Focused On Your Work

Try A Computer ‘Desktop Zero’ To Stay Focused On Your Work

Let’s face it: some of us have messy desktops. If you can’t focus, try a “Desktop Zero” approach to stay productive.

Photo by Jean-Baptiste LABRUNE

James Zhang at Wistia gives two simple rules for Desktop Zero:

  1. Remove everything from your Desktop and Dock.
  2. Only open applications that you’ll use in the next 15 minutes.

Desktop Zero is like Inbox Zero: it keeps away the clutter. If you use a PC, a program like Fences can help you clear your desktop with a double-click (and then get those icons back later). Mac users can use this automator script. You don’t have to keep your computer like this — just use it as a productivity booster when you need it.

Desktop Zero [Wistia]


  • Since when does lifehacker prompt solutions for MAC users ahead of WINDOWS? LOL.

    Macs are average at best, is your target demographic graphic designers and dweebs that sit at the newly launched cereal cafe with their specks on pretending to be important?


    • Well apart from the reference to a “Dock”, which is taken as a direct quote from the source article, this article mentions Windows BEFORE Mac, so they are in fact prompting for a solution for Windows ahead of Mac.

  • Another way to avoid clutter on the desktop is to group icons into separate folders on the desktop, like Multimedia, Print etc., Photo, System, Security, Other.
    You just create group folders and then drag icons into them.

  • As long as you remember the programs names, which I assume nearly everyone does. “Windows +R” then type name, press enter and boom. it takes a second. Or just create a shortcut toolbar on the Taskbar. Keep that desktop pretty 😛

  • When I see a desktop full of icons it makes me cry. It shows a lack of organisation, among other things. I don’t have ANY icons on my desktop.

  • Desktop Sub-Zero:
    Just run Open Box.
    No icons
    No folders
    No task bar
    No dock
    I don’t even use a wallpaper
    When not in use even the mouse cursor dissapears.

    Just right click anywhere to bring up a menu, or alt-t to bring up a term.


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