You open the browser, and you tell yourself that you will get your important work done within time.
Then you start with checking Email, updating Facebook status, browsing the trending topics on Twitter, checking what’s new on BuzzFeed, reading your RSS feed, etc. And you end up having a lot of tabs opened in your browser.
What you haven’t done is your IMPORTANT WORK.
Sounds familiar? It happened a lot with me. But I was able to fix it up. You can do the same by using some Google Chrome productivity extensions.
Chrome browser is packed with full of cool extensions. All you need to do is find the proper extensions and start using it. But it’s not easy to go through the store to find the best extensions from thousands.
So to save your time, I am going to share some awesome extensions that will help you to be more productive during working hours.
1. Controlled Multi-tab Browsing
Multi-tabbed browsing is cool. We don’t want to miss any interesting thing in online, and we follow all the links. But having a ton of tabs opened can distract you from your main work. It may hamper your system performance too.
Controlled Multi-tab Browsing limits the number of tabs that can be opened and restricts you from opening tabs more than the limit. You can set up how many tabs you are going to allow yourself to have open. When you reach your tab limit, it won’t allow you to open a new tab.
To open a new tab, you have to close an existing tab or have to change the tab limit number. It’s easy to do. But the point is, it will help you to keep on track. Just install the extension and set your tab limit.
Less tab opened, Less distraction, More Productivity.
I’ve just discouraged you to do multi-tabbed browsing, but you still need to keep some tabs opened to check back later.
When you find something (posts/videos) interesting that you want to view or read later, just put it in Pocket.
Pocket lets you save things aside when you are busy. It’ll sync up across your all devices so you can view it anytime, even without an internet connection. It also offers a distraction-free reading.
All you need to do is, install the extension on your browser and install Pocket app on your devices. Whenever you want to save something, just hit the Pocket button and that post/video will be added to your Pocket queue. You can check it later from your browser, phone, tablet, etc.
Save to Pocket, Read later.
There are plenty of time-wasting websites out there. Some of them are Social Networking sites like Facebook or Twitter.
While you cannot totally stop yourself from browsing these sites; you can, at least, limit the time that you spend on these websites.
StayFocusd is a productivity extension for Google Chrome that allows you to block websites for a period of time and restricts you from browsing those sites once your allotted time has been used up. This chrome app will help you to stay focused and stop procrastination.
You can configure active days, active hours and daily reset time.
Block Time-Wasting Websites, Stay Focused.
Before using this tool, I’ve tried several to-do list extensions. But all of them have limitations. Todoist is the only task manager extension that I can stick with. It has some amazing features that will help you to do more and stress less.
The best thing about Todoist is, it has tool for other platforms like web, Android, iOS, OS X, Windows, Firefox, Safari, and Email. You can manage your tasks from anywhere. Your tasks will be synced automatically on all devices.
Accomplish more, every day.
5. Strict Workflow
One of the best ways to increase your productivity is to follow Pomodoro Technique.
The idea it that you will be working on a task for 25 minutes, and then you will take a short break (3-5 minutes). After four sessions, you will take a longer break. It’s not only good for productivity but also good for your health.
Strict Workflow extension employs the Pomodoro technique. Focus on 25 minutes of distraction-free work and reward yourself with 5 minutes break. This extension also blocks the time-wasting websites while working.
Follow Pomodoro Technique, Be More Productive.
6. Grammarly Spell Checker & Grammar Checker
Proofreading is tedious and time-consuming. But you can’t ignore it. You need to be sure that your words are mistake free.
We use Google, Word, or Proofreading websites to check grammar and spelling errors. But there’s a better way – Using Grammarly Chrome extension. It checks spelling and grammar errors in real time, and it will suggest a short list of possible fixes.
Grammarly helps you write clearly and confidently on your Blog, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and anywhere else in the web. It also helps you to understand the meaning of vocabulary. Just double click on any word, it will show the meaning.
Write better, right now.
7. LastPass: Free Password Manager
You don’t want to put yourself at risk by using the same email and password combination for all sites, do you?
That’s why we use different passwords at different sites. But it can be difficult and annoying to remember all the passwords. That’s where LastPass Chrome extension comes in.
LastPass saves your all passwords and gives you secure access from every device. All you need to do is remember One Password.