Everyone gets a bit distracted now and then. How many tabs do you have open right now? We surf from one website to the next, checking our social media pages — just looking, reading, browsing. Fun stuff — but it can tank your productivity quickly. However, many people need to remain online to complete their work. This can be particularly difficult for remote workers who may not have a constant watchful eye.
So, what do you do? You make yourself productive. These five Chrome extensions take seconds to download, cost you nothing, and can significantly boost your productivity in minutes.
5 best Chrome extensions for productivity
This easy-to-use extension keeps you focused and on task for 25 minutes at a time. Once you download the extension to Chrome, you click the button to start the timer. During that time, you can limit your access to certain sites — such as eBay or Facebook. And, when you know you will get a 5-minute break from your work in 25 minutes, you’ll likely stay on track.
Managing your email inbox is a task in itself — and it can be pretty time-consuming. One of the benefits of using Boomerang for Gmail is you can schedule emails to go out at a specific time. For example, you can work through your inbox, write emails to go out, and then set a time for them to send. This way, you don’t have to worry about responses in the middle of the night. In short, you tell it when to send emails out, which helps control when people can respond to you.
Sometimes the best way to really boost your productivity is to see just how bad it really is. What are you accomplishing in that hour? With this extension, you can do what you want and when you want to. But, it tracks how much time you spend over the course of time at various domains. This is a real eye-opener for those who may learn they are spending 30 percent (or more!) of their time on social media.
Many people find that passwords slow them down. And now that every site requires you to change them frequently, it gets even more difficult to remember what’s what. With LastPass, a password manager, you can keep secure while you browse from site to site. The best part? You don’t have to waste your time trying to remember passwords.
Available in a free and paid version, this app gives you the help you need with your writing. That might mean fixing a typo or catching that awkwardly-worded phrase. The extension is very easy to use and works automatically.
Which of these productivity tools are you using? Could updating your productivity methods help you to get more done? Maybe it’s time to try one out. And if you need more extension ideas, we’ve got your back.
Miranda Lucas is a writer based in Austin, Texas. Since graduating from the University of Michigan, she's written for numerous web-based publications. In her free time, she enjoys running, camping, and learning Spanish. Every year, she asks Santa for a second season of Firefly, but she's starting to think Santa isn't real.
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