I’m dockless, I highly recommend it. I have my dock hidden by default and it does not respond to hover, I can only access it using a short-cut (
d) which I use maybe once or twice a day. I access applications instead using specific shortcuts and using Alfred – which is like spotlight, but better.
I’ve found it is great for my productivity because it reduces distractions and forces me to be more intentional with my actions, and encourages me to identify cases where I’m using an application so often that a shortcut makes sense. I’m probably more easily distracted than most so it might be too extreme for others but it changed my life for the better.
I also use Bartender to keep my menu bar clear – with a shortcut to show it – and that is helpful too. Essentially, unless I need to know the status of something consistently, then it’s hidden from view and I must actively choose to reveal that status to me. This also extends to reducing the number of notifications I receive, historically I would have Slack open all the time and receive notifications for all the channels I’m in whereas now I only access Slack through my web browser and I only have the minimum number of notifications enabled – which go to my phone, and then I open Slack on my computer on demand.
This is what I have running: notably, only what I’m actively using. Sequel Pro, Atom, Insomnia, Chrome, iTerm2, GitHub and 1Password.