Mac OSX Productivity: How To Save Time Using OSX Yosemite
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Mac OSX Productivity: How To Save Time Using OSX Yosemite

Start working more efficiently and productively on your Mac by employing the simple techniques used by computer experts.
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Created by Dean Palya
Last updated 11/2014
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
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What Will I Learn?
  • Work efficiently and confidently on your Mac
  • Save time and money by implementing these techniques, tips, and tricks
  • Use workflows that improve your productivity
  • Organize your mail and calendars for ultimate accesibility
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  • You should have a Mac that can run a recent version of OSX (Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite)
  • You should have OSX 10.9 Mavericks or OSX 10.10 Yosemite installed.
  • You should be ready to learn and open to new and better ways of doing tasks you do all the time.

Do you get frustrated with your computer from time to time? Have you ever wondered if there was a better way to manage multiple windows, apps, or documents all fighting for precious screen space? Are simple yet repetitive tasks taking up a great deal of time?

I know the feeling - which is why I took the time to learn the best practices for my computer. The results were amazing.

Tasks that took minutes suddenly took only a few seconds. I felt in control of my computer for the first time. Windows, apps, and documents didn't stack up and make me feel unorganized because I knew how to navigate and use my computer the right way.

That's exactly why I created this course. I know that you can benefit from the many techniques, tips, and tricks packed into the 14-page eBook Course Pack and over 2.5 hours of video lessons.

Here are just a few of the things we'll cover in this course:

  • The secret weapon all computers have that you should be using constantly
  • How to navigate your OS so that you can quickly get from one window to the next
  • How to use multiple web browsers to increase productivity on the web
  • Ways to speed up simple yet repetitive tasks
  • An in-depth look at the tools you use every day, including Web Browsers, Mail Apps, and Calendars
  • and much, much more!

No matter what your level or understanding of computers is, you will benefit from this course. The course is designed to be accessible to all levels of understanding - from complete computer beginners to power users.

Just think of the time you'll save by putting these techniques into practice. I was amazed at how efficient I was when I started using them - which is why I wanted to share them with you!

Join today and start saving time and money by being extremely productive on your Mac!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for beginner and intermediate Mac OSX users - it will take your skills to the next level by showing you the simple steps to insane productivity.
  • You should take this course if you're tired of wasting time performing simple tasks like opening applications, documents, navigating windows and browsers, and more!
  • This course is designed to make you comfortable with your computer so that you feel in control and can work much faster.
  • You should NOT take this course if you're looking to learn specific techniques directed toward your professional app usage (i.e. Adobe Photoshop, Apple Logic Pro X). This course gives you general Mac OSX productivity tips that can benefit any computer user, but does NOT go into specific professional apps.
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Curriculum For This Course
30 Lectures
Getting Started with OSX Productivity
7 Lectures 33:48

Welcome to OSX Productivity! In this lecture, we will go over all of the topics that you will work through in this course.

  • Understanding your OS
  • Working with your Keyboard/Mouse properly
  • Using specific tools

Enjoy - and happy productivity!

Preview 04:30

Feel free to download the eBook and start learning the key commands listed - one at time until you've built the muscle memory!

Also remember to keep this PDF course pack handy so that you can continue to reference it as you build your OSX skills.

Using the OSX Productivity Course Pack
14 pages

In this lecture, we will be discussing the best ways to learn from this course, implement what you're learning, and start benefiting from day 1.

We'll go over some of the keys to success, which include practicing, going through the course in order, and working through the course slowly and carefully.

Preview 02:50

We'll be going over a few important terms and definitions so that we're all on the same page moving forward!

These are terms like:

  • OS (Operating System)
  • OSX 10.10 Yosemite
  • Finder (Folder Structures)
  • Key Commands

Once you know these terms, you'll be ready to learn more about them.

Preview 05:41

Your OS is actually pretty deep, no matter how "flat" or simple it looks! Let's take a look at the key parts of the OS and identify areas where time can be saved.

We're going to be going over:

  • Launchpad
  • The Dock
  • The Menu Bar
  • Basic Navigation
  • and more!
Learning the Parts of the OS

In this lecture, we're going to go through the key settings and set-up operations so that your Mac will function in the best way possible for you.

Some of this is based on what your personal preference is (i.e. the color of the OS), but some of it is key for making your Mac work correctly for you.

Setting Up Your Mac for Success

Here is a quick note on my personal workflow, just so you don't get confused moving forward! Don't worry, all of the techniques I touch on here will be fully explained in future lessons.

This is just to let you know that you haven't missed anything, just keep working through the course! :)

A Quick Note On My Workflow
Using Your Keyboard Efficiently
9 Lectures 47:32

In this lesson, you will gain a whole new appreciation for your keyboard and what it can do for you.

Did you know that your keyboard can:

  • open applications,
  • control menu commands,
  • navigate your OS and windows

all by itself? No mouse required.

A New Way to Look at the Keyboard

Let's break down key commands so that we can better understand how they function, how we use them, and what it means for our workflow.

This is extremely important for improving your productivity, and this lecture will help you to memorize them as you see them.

Breaking Down Key Commands

In this lesson, we will look at the most common modifier key, the Command Modifier.

The Command Modifier is mostly used for "commands" - and you probably already use it for tasks like "copy" and "paste" without even thinking about it.

Take a look at what this magic key can do for you!

Using the Command Modifier

In this lecture, we'll be looking at the Alt or Option Modifier Key so that you better understand when it's used and how to use it best.

The Alt or Option Modifier is another pretty common key, especially as you get into "pro" applications, such as Photoshop, Pro Tools, etc.

Using the Alt/Option Modifier

Now it's time to look at the Control Modifier - let's see how it reacts and what it is commonly used for.

The Control Modifier is not quite as common on its own, but does serve an important purpose.

Using the Control Modifier

In this lecture, we'll be taking a closer look at the Shift Modifier and the basic rules it follows in key commands.

Shift is actually the most used modifier key - every time you type a capital letter, you're using the Shift key to modify your keyboard slightly.

Let's look at some more uses for it in this lecture.

Using the Shift Modifier

The function keys can be very useful in most pro applications - let's take a look at how to use them efficiently.

If you skipped the intro video about setting up your Mac to make it work for you, you'll want to go back and watch the part about making your Function Keys work correctly.

Using the Function Keys

Lose the mouse! In this lecture, we'll talk about only using the mouse when necessary.

Did you know that the mouse is not necessary to:

  • hit "OK" or "Cancel" on your Mac,
  • close windows or applications,
  • find files,

and so much more!

Lose the Mouse

In this video, we will be looking at ways to figure out the key commands to the tasks you perform each and every day.

It's important to continue to grow your knowledge of key commands as you work - so keep a running list, similar to the course pack. This will help you remember them in the future.

How to Figure Out the Key Command to Virtually Anything
Your Trackpad/Mouse
2 Lectures 07:04

Now that you know all about the power of the keyboard, it's important to know when you should be using the trackpad or mouse. The first choice is always the keyboard, but there are times where the trackpad or mouse is just as fast.

When to Use the Trackpad/Mouse

Like we said - sometimes the trackpad is a very efficient tool. Let's look at the best practices and settings for your trackpad.

The best times to use your trackpad or mouse is when it is faster than a key command - but never if it is slower!

Best Practices and Settings for Your Trackpad
Performing Basic Tasks Quickly and Efficiently
3 Lectures 19:25

In this lesson, we'll be looking at the best way to access all of the data, apps, and docs on your computer - hands down. It will save you an amazing amount of time every time you sit down to your computer.

Spotlight is a great tools that has been overhauled and majorly improved in OS X Yosemite.

The Secret Way to Access Your Computer

In this lecture, we will be focused on navigating your apps and windows so that you can feel confident and in-control of your system at all times.

Navigation is one of the most important things to be able to do well. It is much less frustrating in the long run if you can navigate your windows and apps properly.

Navigating Your Apps and Windows Efficiently

Let's look a little deeper into working with windows and apps from an organization/navigation standpoint.

This is especially useful when you've got multiple web browsers, finder windows, or tabs up at once.

More Work with Windows and App Navigation
Best Practices for Browsing the Web
3 Lectures 16:21

Let's take a brief look at some of the main characteristics of Web Browsers and how we use them every day.

This includes:

  • quickly searching the web using key commands,
  • moving from tab to tab,
  • and more!
An Introduction to Web Browsers

Multiple web browsers can be incredibly useful - even for the average/non-web-developer computer user. Let's look at these advantages here.

I recommend using:

  • Safari for basic browsing,
  • Chrome for business,
  • Firefox for development (if you do that sort of thing :)
The Many Advantages of Using Multiple Web Browsers

Navigating inside your web browser is very important because you do it all the time. Let's look at the most common tasks you perform here and how to do them even quicker.

Once you master these keys, you'll be amazed at how much faster you can browse the web, find information, and more!

Navigating Inside Your Web Browser
Top Tips for Your Mail App
2 Lectures 09:44

Apple Mail is a great tool for organizing, storing, and communicating through email. Let's take a brief look at the interface and how to set it up for maximum efficiency.

If you don't use Apple Mail, there are many benefits to it and very few (if any) downsides. Watch this video to get a glimpse at what it can do for your organization and productivity.

An Introduction to Apple Mail

Let's take a closer looks at some of the essential Mail Key Commands you should be using every day.

This includes things like:

  • navigation,
  • sending emails,
  • replying to emails,
  • and more!
Mail Key Commands to Know
Increase Productivity with Calendar
2 Lectures 12:23

Calendar is another powerful tool in your Mac - let's discover how to increase your productivity inside this app.

If you keep a different calendar, you should strongly consider using Apple Calendar (or iCal as it used to be called) to do your bidding. Extremely streamlined and efficient, and it links well with your other devices.

Working with Calendar to Increase Productivity

Keeping up with multiple calendars can be confusing - let's take a closer look and better understand how to organize things.

This lecture will show you how to separate your calendars, only view one at a time, and more.

Keeping Up with Multiple Calendars
Advanced Tools for Ultimate Productivity
2 Lectures 10:41

In this lecture, we will take a look at some of the more advanced tools for productivity in OSX. Buckle your seat belts, we're going fast.

Some of these tools include using macros, which are like mini-applications that do a certain set of tasks in the order you specify them. Sound confusing? Just take a look and it should clear it up for you!

Advanced Tools for Mac OSX Productivity

Congratulations on completing OSX Productivity! Remember to continue improving your skills by learning new key commands as your key command library grows.

About the Instructor
Dean Palya
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Music Producer, Video Editor, Musician, Songwriter, and Computer Expert

Dean Palya Jr is a producer, musician, songwriter, teacher, and writer working in Nashville, TN. He has always been fascinated by music, art, and stories, weaving them together to create magnificent aural experiences.

Starting classical piano lessons at the age of five, he quickly picked up several other instruments, including violin, guitar, saxophone, drums, and bass. He released his first full-length album in 2007, and has since released 12 more full-length studio albums ranging from rock to hip-hop, classical to pop. Palya has always been interested in telling stories through his work. His albums feature strong characters and deal with deep subjects. His most recent release, Modern Nocturnes, takes the listener on a journey through the night as they experience a performance of modern nocturnes – songs that are evocative of the night.

Palya has worked with many artists as a producer, with his focus on creating the best art possible. Having worked in almost every genre, he is known for his ability to capture the exact feel, sound, and emotion that an artist is conveying through the music.

One of the most rewarding aspects of Palya’s career is his work as a private instructor. Having taught music for over 8 years, he continues to seek out the opportunity to share what he loves with students, helping them to fulfill their dreams. As a featured producer on, Palya is able to teach people how to create incredible music in their home studios. He also gives private lessons for those who want a customized lesson plan and a personalized experience. Palya also teaches piano and guitar lessons.

Palya studied at the Tufo School of Music, receiving his Teacher’s Certificate in 2009, his Graduate diploma in 2010, and his Artistry diploma in 2011. After extensive study in music theory, piano performance, and teaching methods, he teamed up with fellow Nashville musician Hunter Spivey to develop a teaching method that emphasized the importance of true musical artistry and personal expression. The Artistry Method develops an understanding of what it means to be “artistic” through piano performance.