I’ve recently been thinking about trying to set up some new Focus Modes, now that I feel like they’ve gotten a lot more thorough in the latest version of macOS.
Two focus modes that I know I want to build a bit more are:
- A “Work” focus mode
- And a “Meetings” focus mode
What I’d love to do is something like:
- When I get to my desk, start a “Work” focus that would turn off in 8 hours (or at 6pm, maybe).
- And when I join a meeting, start a “Meeting” focus mode until I end the meeting.
- When the meeting ends “pop” up the stack back to the Work focus mode, that should still end at the same time.
When thinking about it, I’m almost picturing a “stack” that I’d push new focus modes onto, and pop back to the previous one when I’m done. (Imagine another step, too. Where maybe “Personal” is below work, so popping “Work” would bring you back to “Personal” until you pushed “Work” back on the next day.)
I know Focus modes on their own wouldn’t support this kind of behavior, and I don’t think Shortcuts alone would get me there. I’ve thought about trying to push the data into Data Jar, but one annoying little caveat is that my work macOS can’t use iCloud Drive, so the data wouldn’t be synced. I suppose if I gave up on the notion of stacks, though, and just used “current time” or my calendar or something to figure out what focus mode I should be in, that would probably work.
I’m curious if anyone’s implemented something like this, though.