A few things I’ve been doing to create a more usable work environment in OS X.
Remove Notification Center From Menubar
I find notification center annoying. To remove it entirely from the menubar -
$ launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.notificationcenterui.plist
Also annoying, also able to remove it.
$ defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean true $ killall Dock
Run A Tiling Window Manager
I’ve started to use (sometimes) a tiling window manager. This can take a little bit of ramp-up time and getting used to, and may feel a bit claustrophobic at times but overall I’m liking it for task-centric computing work.
Remove Drop Shadows
If you’re using a tiling window manager things generally look better without drop shadows. I’ve been using toggle-osx-shadows to turn them off.