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I was still a little disappointed, however, when it came to running a few demanding tasks at once, like when I was editing in Photoshop, playing music on Spotify and left a bunch of browser tabs open.
The best way to deal with this is by adding more RAM, and, like installing an SSD, it's really simple.
Before you begin, find out if your MacBook Pro (or even iMac -- the process is similar) can handle a RAM upgrade. If you have a MacBook Air or Retina MacBook Pro, for instance, the RAM is not upgradable. Refer to this Apple help page to find out about the model you own.
In my case, I have a mid-2009 MacBook Pro, which allows for RAM upgrades.