Create Activity-Specific Workspaces to Motivate You Through Different Tasks

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With a lot of different types of tasks to do, multiple jobs, and plenty of hobbies to go along with all that, managing your mindset for each of those tasks is tough. Lifehacker has come up with great tips to set up your workspace to get you in the mood for a task.

Create Activity-Specific Workspaces to Motivate You Through Different Tasks
Published in Lifehacker, April 4 2012

Most of us have a lot of different types of projects we do. Keeping track of those projects is a skill unto itself, but getting yourself motivated to swap from task to task can be even more difficult. This might sound crazy, but setting up activity-specific desktops could be enough to set the mood so you can get into the mindset of the kind of work you're doing.

Chances are no matter what your profession, you don't do the same exact thing all day long. The idea of different workspaces isn't new, but making them look and feel different might be enough to trigger your brain to switch tasks. Using a splash of color theory and some basic workspace productivity tips you can separate your spaces by mood, mindset, and activity. Let's take a look at a few of the simple ways to do it yourself.

Set Up Different Computer Desktops in Different Moods for Different Tasks

We know that different environments create different moods. We're all a little different in what we prefer, but science has at least shown that blue tends to make you more creative and red can help you focus. While you won't find a shortage of theories on how colors and images affect your mood, chances are you have a good idea of what types of images and colors trigger your moods to help you focus on a specific task. With that in mind, setting up an activity-based desktop with a different mood based theme is way that might help you get in the mindset of working.

For instance, if you need to work through some stuff in Photoshop for the afternoon you can setup a nice, blue background picture, create an application menu specific to your needs, and maybe even throw on a few themes with Geektool  or Rainmeter. Here's a few ways you can actually do it for yourself.

Set Up Mission Control and Multiple User Accounts on a Mac

You have a couple simple ways you can implement this on a Mac depending on how far you want to take it. If you're looking to simply tap into the potential of a well chosen kitten background for inspiration now and again, Lion's built-in Mission Control is the way to do it. Mission Control sets up different workspaces for whatever you're doing and each of those workspaces gets its own desktop background. Choose a specially chosen background for each workspace and you have a different mood for each area.

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