We spend most of our online time in a browser. Some of us do research, others watch videos on YouTube or talk to their friends on Facebook. With the web developing faster and faster every day, many things like e-mail programs or even office software move away from computers and into your browser.
Sometimes we tend to waste time online, but you can also improve your productivity using extensions and add ons. Some browsers offer the possibility to install additional, small programs called “extensions” or “add-ons” that can increase your productivity and offer you a better experience.
Google Chrome is the most used browser in the world. Although Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is still leading in the US, Chrome wins on a global scale with 37% – in front of other browsers like Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox.
Increase Your Productivity With Google Chrome Extensions
People like to use Chrome not only because it’s fast, supports new web technologies and its many built-in features, but also because of the extensive Chrome Web Store. This article will show you 7 Chrome extensions that will help you to increase your online productivity.
StayFocusd is a great extension that helps you to limit time wasted online. By adding certain websites to StayFocused, the extension will only allow you to browse these websites for a limited amount of time. You can also use the “Nuclear Option” and allow only a few websites to be available, limiting access to all other websites. This extension is especially great if you can’t get yourself to work for 30 minutes without checking Facebook. Just add Facebook to the list and StayFocused!
StayFocusd on the Chrome Web Store
Awesome Screenshot offers the possibility to take screenshots of the website you’re currently browsing. You can decide whether to capture the whole page, window or only a certain area. In contrast to other browser capturing tools, Awesome Screenshot offers annotation features as well as an instant upload to an image host.
You can also choose to store your screenshot temporarily (for 3 days). This will automatically generate a link, which you can instantly share with anybody.
Download Awesome Screenshot
Do you repeat certain phrases or long words quite often? Popchrom might be able to help you with that! Simply define shortcut phrases like “tb” and the extension will replace it with a predefined word or phrase like “trendblog.net”.
RescureTime helps you to keep track of the time you spend in your browser and what you’re doing. You can also set alerts that will remind you to stop wasting time when browsing too much on “unwanted” websites.
If you’re like me, you always have tons of tabs open. This can get quite chaotic from time to time. Session Buddy helps you to save the state of all open tabs and restore them at a later point in time.
LastPass is a password manager and form filler. If you have many passwords for different websites, LastPass will store them all securely in one place. Just like with 1Password for Mac, you’ll only need one password ever again. It can also help you to easily fill-in data in forms.
Download the Last Pass and get a free month of LastPass premium here.
Do you like to use the Pomodoro time management technique? This extension will block distracting websites and only allow you to access them during your break periods.
Checker Plus for Gmail
If you’re using Gmail, Checker Plus is the ultimate Gmail tool. The extension offers you many features such as displaying new emails, reading and deleting them without even opening the Gmail website.
Download Checker Plus for Gmail
Google Chrome extensions are a great way to improve your productivity by making many tasks easier, help you to track your time or block certain websites. Do you use IFTTT? Then check out Daniel’s article with 10 IFTTT recipes to increase your productivity.
Did I forget your favorite productivity extensions? Make sure to comment below and I’ll add them to this list!