A small but crazy useful discovery: remember how I posted a few days ago about the timed dashes productivity hack I've been using lately, with the help of a little program called Minuteur? And then remember how I installed Leopard on my PowerBook? And how Leopard has this feature called Spaces?
The most important thing about the timed dashes hack is that once your 15 minutes of work are over, you have to stop working; same with your 5 minutes of play. (Or whatever intervals you choose.) Sometimes, though, a little computerized alarm isn't enough to make you change course. But what if your work, or e-mail, were whisked out from under you? Wouldn't that be refreshing?
Totally possible with Spaces. The basic principle of Spaces is that you can have multiple virtual desktops, each containing a separate set of windows. When you activate a window that's in another virtual desktop, Leopard whisks you to that space, automatically leaving the other space behind. The key to this is the little stopwatch app for Macs, Minuteur, that I've been using ever since reading about it on 43folders. When time's up and it rings, the Minuteur app automatically "activates," or becomes the active application. So as long as you keep it in a space you're not working in, when time's up, Minuteur will whisk you away from your workspace and into wake-up call space! If this sounds complicated, it's not. If it sounds magical, then that's more like it.