Textbar: Ben Franklin’s Virtues

Leo Vogel
1 min readApr 1, 2018

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“In 1726, at the age of 20, Benjamin Franklin created a system to develop his character.”

This system was his 13 Virtues; which he practiced throughout his life. I have found that putting this information in OmniFocus feels like task manager clutter as I’m not really acting on the information, it’s more of a reminder to myself. I decided I wanted a way of simply seeing the current week’s virtue at all times, regardless of what I’m doing on my Mac, along with the virtue’s full explanation.

After an hour of frustration and googling I came up with this script using the app TextBar to put the text in the Mac menubar: Ben.scpt

Save the file in a folder named “scripts” in your home folder then set the script to “osascript $HOME/scripts/Ben.scpt”; I also set the refresh interval to 10000 so it’s not constantly running the script unnecessarily.

Enjoy!

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Leo Vogel

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