I've been meditating for over 6 years. I've taught meditation for the past year. I also love being productive on my laptop, because that's how I make a living - by building businesses online. Also currently writing a book and working at a spiritual retreat center.
My passion lies in sharing with people. That's why I created the Meditation for Entrepreneurs course and also the Mac Dojo productivity course. Hope to see you in one of my courses. :)
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“Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they just use it up. The real hero is home because they figured out a faster way.”
― Jason Fried, CEO of 37Signals, Author of International Bestseller Rework
NEW: Course Updated for OS X Mavericks. Read below for details…
Double Your Productivity With These Instant Mac Shortcuts & Techniques
If you can type a few keystrokes, then you’ve got everything you need to accelerate your productivity, breeze through complicated projects, and finish work before lunch.
If you are like me, then you bought your Mac because you know it's a powerful tool… just like a ninja's blade. We must wield this blade responsibly, with integrity, with respect, and with understanding.
If you work on your Mac for 6+ hours a day, then it's your closest companion. You need to understand it. You are the ninja, and your Mac is your sword. The Mac Dojo teaches you how to properly wield your ninja blade.
~~~~~ Genuine Testimonial ~~~~~
“Massive productivity boost! After going through the Mac Dojo and practicing all the shortcuts my guess would be that I save at least an hour a day. I’m way more productive. I’d highly recommend getting this course.”
― Daniel G.
Entrepreneur and Email Marketing & Deliverability Specialist at Mindvalley
Have you ever found yourself doing tedious work copy and pasting, moving files around, or boring data entry stuff? Everyone comes across these tasks daily. Sometimes this repetitive grunt-work can take up 2 to 3 hours of your precious time. Most people who are ignorant to certain OSX features, Mac OSX Shortcuts, keystrokes, and helper programs will fall prey to these tasks and waste a lot of time. There is no escaping these tasks, but you can work smarter. Your Mac can slice that time in half, if you know the proper techniques.
Your computer is the most sophisticated instrument you have ever used. If you never use Mac OSX Shortcuts, hot corners, command tab, or spotlight to navigate and work, then you need Mac Dojo. You deserve to work faster, because the potential within your Mac is already at your fingertips. Let me train you into a Certified Mac Ninja.
Here's a brief overview of the Mac Dojo Productivity course:
How I set the course up and how to consume it:
If you save an average of 15 minutes a day, (out of an 8 hour working day) with these tips and you get paid, let’s say $30 an hour for your work, then THIS COURSE WILL PAY FOR ITSELF IN JUST 7 DAYS!
There's a money-back guarantee so there is absolutely no risk. If you aren’t absolutely satisfied, just notify Udemy within 30 days for a prompt and courteous refund.
If you bought your Mac just to be cool, that's fine, you wasted your money. On the other hand, if you bought your Mac because you know it's a powerhouse of potential productivity and you want to learn how to unleash that potential, then enter the Mac Dojo.
Master the productivity hacks in these 32 Full HD videos and you will begin to see results. You will notice how fun it is to zoom around your computer, getting things accomplished more quickly, and saving time you can spend doing more meaningful things, like playing catch with your kid (or video games, it's up to you).
Take this course today and learn Mac to start working smarter. Thanks for investing in yourself! See you in the course.
– Tharyn Taylor
Mac Dojo Sensei and Productivity Advocate
Open System Preferences and begin adjusting your keyboard settings to your liking. I like everything on the fastest speed possible. Enjoy!
Note: After moving some videos around, the previous lesson doesn’t teach you how to Hide the Dock. Please see notes below the video on this page for quick instruction. :)
Then, Hide your Dock and start practicing! Open lots of windows and start moving through them. You will get the hang of it really quickly. See notes below video for shortcuts.
Open your System Preferences and navigate to the “Dock” settings window.
Make sure to check “Automatically hide and show the Dock”
Adjust the other settings as you like. You can see my personal preferences below, including the Dock on the left side of my screen.
Go through the tips and settings mentioned inside the video (see notes below) and begin adjusting everything to your liking. Enjoy!
Set Default Folder to Desktop
Set Spring Loaded Folders
Turn on Status Bar
Increase font size (⌘+J view options)
Different views – Why column view is best
Adjust the default folder for “When performing a search” See picture below…
Pause the video, practice the shortcuts, and see how they can fit into your own daily flow. Share your personal tips with other Dojo Students in the comments below.
Lesson Content & Links:
⌘ + N = New window
⌘ + W = Close window
⌘ + shift + N = create new folder
⌘ + A = Select all in that directory
⌘ + I = Get Info on selected item
⌘ + delete = move to trash
⌘ + Z = undo deleting or moving
⌘ + space = Spotlight (for now)
⌘ + option = Search Finder (Alfred will be ⌘ + space)
Control + ⌘ + 1 or 2 or 3 - Toggle sort by type
Spacebar = preview item
Holding Shift or ⌘ to select items
Press enter while highlighting any file/folder/song to re-name quickly the push enter again to exit editing
Dragging folders while holding Alt/opt to copy instead of moving.
Highlighting items with Shift & ⌘ button.
Take Tabs for a test drive yourself after this video and definitely try the shortcuts. They are all posted below this video for your easy reference.
⌘ + ` = navigate between Finder windows.
Control + Tab - Next tab (right -> )
Control + Shift + Tab - Previous Tab (left <- )
⌘ + Double Click - Open folder in new tab
Navigating big lists, just push first letter of file name or folder name if you know it, like J for Japan.
Think of how you can take advantage of Tags in your own organization flow. Also try the ones I recommended inside the video. Please share your useful Tags ideas in the comments below – your fellow Ninja students will thank you.
Try some of the tips, like copying file names into an email (if you ever do this) or customizing your Finder sidebar and top nav bar so it’s Ninja Clean.
Lesson Content & Links:
Clean your desktop. Appreciate your desktop. Start sorting and saving everything from there. Check out the notes below the video to start taking action.
Lesson Content & Links:
Hide your Dock. Setup your own Hot Corners. You can follow my own setup, or customize to your liking. Then practice and utilize your new secret weapons.
Lesson Content & Links:
Start trying Full Screen Apps or Multiple Desktops for using many windows. I like to sort my desktops into Personal, Main Project, and Music. Go ahead and comment your favorite ways below.
Also, experiment with navigating through Mission Control and your Launch Pad.
Look through the Dashboard widgets and see what you like. Try out the Safari trick and comment below with your creative widget ideas and favorite ones.
Start using Spotlight regularly. MOST Importantly, practice using ⌘+Space to activate it. Super quick to launching Apps and surfing / previewing files. Practice it. Spotlight is powerful.
Lesson Content & Links:
Adjusting Settings: System Preferences > Spotlight
Using Spotlight / Shortcuts
You can use Spotlight as a quick Calculator
Misc Commands and features:
Practice moving around for yourself. Try out the new keyboard only highlighting methods using arrows and the Shift key. All these shortcuts are below the video for you to remember.
Lesson Content & Links:
If you’ve got a trackpad, start 3 Finger Tapping down on some words. Sometimes it’s easier to highlight the word first (by double clicking) then gently tap down 3 fingers. Alternatively – right click and choose “Look Up In Dictionary”
Open your System Preferences and go into your Profile, then your Login Items. Check them out and ask yourself if there are any apps that run in the background that do not currently auto-startup. Add them here.
Begin practicing your knowledge by stepping backwards in time on purpose. Delete some un-important files and ⌘+Z to undo the command. Then try moving files, and undo it. There are so many places throughout your Mac experience, in OS X and in your Browser, which you can undo your mis-steps.
With great power, comes great responsibility.
Open Dictation in your Preferences and download the extension / enhanced dictation file. Then set your keyboard hotkey and start chattering away! Or have your Mac read you some articles. The strangeness will fade away over time.
You can download Google Chrome here. As I mentioned in the video, you do not have to share all of your private data or browsing history with Google. You can adjust all the settings to your wish.
I use Chrome because it renders websites faster, is HTML5 ready, is updated automatically, and has the most extensive Extension AKA 3rd party plugin store available.
If you prefer Firefox or Safari, most of the shortcuts will still apply. Even the extensions I mention are 100% cross browser compatible. So definitely still enjoy the lessons. Thanks!
Start browsing 1 tip at a time. There is a lot to digest here, but internet browsing is a significant part of your Mac experience and you should optimize it as much as possible. Go through your favorite and most used shortcuts first, then expand from there. Check out the list of commands below the video.
Download Xmarks for free here: http://www.xmarks.com/
Works on Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and IE.
Download LastPass for free here: https://lastpass.com/
Personally, I do not save my banking login details, PayPal, Facebook, or Gmail. These passwords I have memorized easily because of practice. It is my own security measure. However, I trust 100% in LastPass’s ability to keep my other passwords safe. Do what works best for you.
Download Pocket for free here: http://getpocket.com/
Open your System Preferences and go to the Keyboard option, then the Text tab. Create some of your own snippets and try them out.
Start taking screenshots here and there. Like faster than the wind!
Download Jumpcut for free here: http://jumpcut.sourceforge.net/
Try out the clipboard commands with Control + Opt + V (the default command). Move through the list by pushing V again (while still holding Ct/Opt) or use your arrow keys. Let go to paste your selection.
Open up Maps on your Mac and give it a test ride. Try sending your directions to your iPhone if you have one.
Open preview and use some of the short cut keys to move around and manipulate some test photos.
UPDATE – There is a new link than the one in the video. Download Cheat Sheet here for free.
Thank you for going through the Dojo and investing in your own productivity. It's best to know how to use the tools you have. Great work! Please print off this certificate, sign it, hang it on your fridge, and then email me a photo and I will give you a secret surprise bonus! :)
Listen to some wisdom here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc
A really useful information despite being a Mac User for last 7 years. I did find many tips & also the programs could help a lot so there is still so much to learn & build on. The shortcuts are great despite we all know they are there; i think in the course when you see them in action its kind of cool to see them in action and most importantly it makes the work far more efficient.
The course was primarily a list of keyboard shortcuts followed by a series of recommended free productivity programs to download with no real explanation as to why you would want to. As an experienced PC user who recently purchased a MAC, I was hoping for an orientation on performing everyday tasks efficiently on the MAC.
A really useful course even if you have been using your Mac for years there is still so much to learn. The shortcuts are great and make your work far more efficient. The third party programmes and Chrome extensions covered open up new ways of doing things. The course is enjoyable and Tharyn is a great teacher. If you have any questions he gets back to you pretty promptly
Not only Mac Dojo helped me boost productivity, I now feel like I OWN a Mac :-) I started following Tharyn's advice to do those tricks and tips daily and he was right - I never got back to my old unproductive habits of using my Mac. Totally recommend!
Learned a few great tips and it was worth the price for sure