Most people’s work happens in browsers like Chrome and Firefox, and to increase your productivity and stay focused on your work, let’s talk about some of the best Chrome extensions to increase your productivity.
1. Google Keep
Google Keep is a great extension for Google Chrome, for when you want to keep all your data organized.
Its main function is to help you take notes and create to-do lists. You can also save images and pages and then add notes to them. In addition, you can take notes by creating voice memos that will be transcribed later.
Google Keep also lets you set up location-based reminders for your notes and lists. If you need to do an on-site search for a travel app, just make a list of all the details you should look out for, and set a location-based reminder so that Google Keep will appear in your list once you arrive at the location.
To make your notes even more organized, so you don’t waste time looking for them, you can sort them by colour and associate them with bookmarks.
2. Clockify Time Tracker
The Clockify Time Tracker extension for Chrome lets you track time just like in the app, only faster so you don’t need to open the app just to start another timer.
You can track time spent on activities and later use those results to analyze your productivity levels, see if you can make improvements, and keep track of your time for accurate billing.
Plus, you can also do preset jobs and interrupt breaks with the Timer Pomodoro, to detect the time you spend idle, set reminders to track time on tasks, and much more.
Click here to download Clockify Time Tracker
The Todoist extension is a simple but useful task manager. With it you can track your projects and manage all your tasks, organizing them directly in your Chrome.
This extension is also great for when you have a lot of deadlines you want to keep track of because it lets you set due dates and prioritize tasks accordingly.
To make it easy, you can sort by colour, create subgroups and subprojects to really micromanage your daily workload.
Click here to download Todoist
If you can’t stay away from YouTube, Reddit, Facebook and other sites, StayFocusd is the right choice for you. This extension will help you avoid online distractions by restricting the time you can spend with them.
Let’s say you want to restrict the time you spend daily on Facebook to 10 minutes. Just add Facebook to your list of blocked sites, choose 10 minutes, and shift your attention to your daily work. You can log into Facebook occasionally, but you can only spend a total of 10 minutes a day. After 10 minutes, you will not be able to access Facebook or any other blocked website until the next day.
You also won’t be able to change the settings to give a site more minutes after the time expires, so your willpower won’t be tempted.
Another great feature of this extension is the nuclear option. Here, you can set the number of hours or days that you want to be completely blocked from entering certain websites. And once this option is enabled, there is no way to disable it until the time entered has expired.
Click here to download StayFocusd
5. Productivity Owl
Productivity Owl really makes sure you improve your productivity and work faster. This extension only allows a certain amount of time to browse a web page before it closes.
An owl animation will be shown to all the sites you are browsing and it counts the time, reminding you to concentrate on the task at hand. It can also close inactive tabs after 15 minutes if you enable this option.
You can use Productivity Owl to restrict the time you spend on certain websites, but you can also block them completely. Or, you can learn to perform online tasks such as fast searching, training yourself to find relevant information on web pages before the timer goes off.
You can list sites that you often use at work, or you can schedule your free time and Owl won’t automatically close your pages during that time.
Click here to download Productivity Owl