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15 Productivity Chrome Extensions To Boost Productivity in 2020

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15 Productivity Chrome Extensions To Boost Productivity in 2020

What if the browser that you use makes you more productive?

How would you like it if you can increase your focus, save time and get more organized with the help of your browser?

The progress in web technologies have made it possible to craft amazing Google Chrome Extensions! Lots of developers are trying to make extensions that enhance user experience, while using Google Chrome.

Therefore, after weeks of research we decided to compile an exclusive, one of a kind list of 15 productivity Chrome extensions that will boost your productivity! (The free ones!)

1. Grammarly

What is it?
It is a writing assistant and helps to minimize typos and grammatical errors when you write.

How does it help?
It corrects any mistake you make while typing. It could be emails, social media, documents. It also enhances your writing by suggesting better words or phrases. The tool also gives you explanations for all your mistakes. What is more that it provides a report of your progress on your writing skills!

Field Notes
I have been personally using it for 2 years now and I find it a very user friendly and intuitive tool. The developers have clearly put some efforts to make the tool personal and adapt to every individual’s writing skills.

2. Adblock

What is it?
As the name suggests it is an advertisement blocker, which blocks ads all over the web.

How does it help?
It blocks all the annoying popups that you get when you visit various webpages! So you won’t click on spammy advertisements or will be retargeted by sites you visit. What’s more that it doesn’t store your private information or tracks your online behavior!

Field Notes
This extension has been with me for a few years now. It continues to improve and over time it has added Youtube ad blocking and Google Ad blocking as well. It has 40 million downloads and great reviews!

3. Readism

What is it?
It is nifty little tool that helps to estimate how long it will take to read a web-page.

How does it help?
Blogs these days, have an estimate of how long it will take for you to read an article. Something like this –

    Via : Cuelogic

    Readism does the same for web-pages, so that you know how much time you are going to spend on the particular page. It is an amazing google chrome extension for productivity.

    Field Notes
    The extension is very light and (64Kbs), so it doesn’t slow down your page load speeds. I have found it to be accurate almost all the time.

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    4. Forest

    What is it?
    It is a productivity extension that helps you focus by counting down time and blacklisting sites which will kill your productivity.

    How does it help?
    While there are many count-down extensions available, Forest stands out because it grows an animated tree while it counts down the minutes you need to be focused. If you visit the blocked sites in the time being, the tree dies and the mission fails!

    Field Notes
    It is extremely intuitive and the UI is amazing. People want to focus because it gives them a chance to grow an entire forest in a day! To be honest most people hate to see a tree die (even if it is virtual!)

    5. Pushbullet

    What is it?

    It helps you sync. Simple & Effective. It keeps your mobile and personal computer perfectly synced.

    How does it help?

    With Pushbullet, you can view all your mobile notifications on desktop, share files from desktop to your phone and even forward calls to your PC. There are no complications to use it and if you are always juggling between your PC and mobile, this might be the perfect extension for you.

    Field Notes

    7 million users are successfully using it. Most of them have good things to say about it. It is real time and seamless.

    6. Rescue Time

    What is it?

    It is what its name is. It rescues time! It keeps a track of every website you visit and the time you spend on it.

    How does it help?

    Think of it like a gym instructor, but for your time. It follows you around on the websites you visit. Makes a note and tells you where you are junking your time. It will also help you block off certain access.

    Field Notes

    Who doesn’t listen to a gym instructor? When you see all the data, you do feel a little guilty and even if it is sub-consciously, you try to minimize your time wastage.

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    7. Last Pass

    What is it?

    It is a password manager. For Social Media, Shopping Sites & other websites. It is secure and is voted the best password manager by PCMag.

    How does it help?

    How many passwords you need to remember these days? Also, chances are that you always need to click on that time consuming “Forgot Password” button every time you visit a time after a while. LastPass takes away all of that and stores all your information safely & securely. It also supports mobile!

    Field Notes

    If you use anymore that 10 passwords. USE IT. With last keep I can keep complex passwords and still not worry.

    8. Panda 5

    What is it?

    It is a google chrome extension helps you find news that is relevant and content that you are interested in.

    How does it help?

    Panda 5 collates various news sources and websites whose content that you would like to read often. It places all the sources nicely into your new tab and keeps updating them in the background, so you are abreast with all the latest content.

    Field Notes

    People who love to read and subscribe to multiple sources. Panda 5 is a great productivity booster for them. Now you don’t have to go to your inbox and read multiple mails from various sources. Panda 5 can be your go to extension.

      9. One Tab

      What is it?

      One Tab collates all your open tabs and consolidates it into a single tab in the form of a list, saving you loads of memory.

      How does it help?

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      Working with many tabs all at once? Your processor and speed is getting slow? One Tab the answer to your woes. It neatly collates all your tabs and puts them into a singular tab as links. So you have access to them and save loads of memory.

      Field Notes

      This is an amazing google chrome extension to increase productivity as it does not let too many tabs slow you down. It frees up more than 90% memory that are taken by these tabs, reducing clutter at the same time.

      10. Pixel Block

      What is it?

      Pixel Block is a Chrome Extension that blocks access to senders who want to track your behaviour regarding their email.

      How does it help?

      A lot of emails today, come standard with tracking technology so that the sender knows that you have read their email. However, Pixel Block gives the power back to you by blocking attempts to send report of your activity to the sender.

      Field Notes

      When somebody sends me an email, I am extremely uncomfortable whenever I see a tracking code with the email. What’s more is that it does not store any of my data and is completely secure.

        11. Noisli

        What is it?

        It is a sound mixer that creates ambient sounds to help you better your productivity.

        How does it help?

        When you are working and need to focus, plug in your earphones, switch on Noisli and create a near perfect environment. This Google Chrome extension allows you to mix sounds to create natural virtual surroundings.

        Field Notes

        It is a must have for those who like solitude, quiet and nature. These natural sounds seem almost real and indeed helps you get your mind in order.

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        12. Evernote Web Clipper

        What is it?
        Evernote Web Clipper is an extension to the Evernote app and can be used to clip and save almost anything, online.

        How does it help?
        This tool replaces the old age Bookmarks tool and does one better with features like highlight text, sync to device, search for saved clips and even edit them! You can visit any website page, if you find it worth keeping you can clip it to Evernote and always have it available across devices.

        Field Notes
        If you take notes anywhere on any digital device, Evernote is the best tool that you will ever find. The team keeps on adding brilliant features and the interface is easy to use and navigate.

        13. Ghostery

        What is it?
        It is a Google Chrome extension to understand which websites re-target you and follow you around.

        How does it help?
        How annoyed do you get when you visit a website, look for something and immediately get spammed with ads on every other website, related to that product? This ends with Ghostery. This cool Google Chrome extension boosts your productivity by blocking ads on websites that retarget you and even keeps keeps you updated with reports on how many trackers each website use to follow you around.

        Field Notes
        You agree to cookie policies on thousands of websites. This gives them the right to follow you around the entire web. Ghostery ends this, but it may hamper user experience on certain websites and I had personally needed to switch it off sometimes so that the page loads correctly.

        14. Google Calendar

        What is it?
        It is the official Chrome extension for the Google Calendar.

        How does it help?
        Everyone probably uses the Google Calendar to sync up important meetings and remind you of important dates. Instead of opening up an extra tab to view it, use this extension that sits as an icon on the top right, reminding you of everything that you need help with to plan your day.

        Field Notes
        It has the same features that you would see in your Google Calendar. The difference is that it is extremely convenient to access it and view notifications with this extension.

        15. Full Page Screen Capture

        What is it?
        As the name suggest it helps you to capture screenshots on your PC.

        How does it help?
        No it is not just an extension for print scree button on your keyboard. This tool actually helps you to take a screenshot of an entire page, without scrolling. It means that you don’t have to take 3-4 screenshots for a single page that won’t fit into the screen. This tool automatically scrolls down in the background, and takes a screenshot of the entire web-page.

        Field Notes
        It was a revelation when I first used it. I had to use screenshots for a long web page and had to take multiple screenshot and then edit them together. This tool does away with all that at with shortcut keys let you take a picture for the web-page and download it as a pdf or an image!

        The Bottom Line

        These Google Chrome extensions have proven to be productivity enhancers by various magazines, reviewers and most importantly – users.

        Whether you’d want it for personal or professional use, this list is probably all you need to be more organized and productive.

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        Depending on your usage of the internet and the web, you can choose the one best suited to you and install them to make more of your time – everyday!

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        How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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        How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

        Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

        Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

        The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

        Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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        Program Your Own Algorithms

        Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

        Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

        By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

        How to Form a Ritual

        I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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        Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

        1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
        2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
        3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
        4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

        Ways to Use a Ritual

        Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

        1. Waking Up

        Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

        2. Web Usage

        How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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        3. Reading

        How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

        4. Friendliness

        Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

        5. Working

        One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

        6. Going to the gym

        If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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        7. Exercise

        Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

        8. Sleeping

        Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

        8. Weekly Reviews

        The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

        Final Thoughts

        We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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