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10 Best Google Chrome Extensions You Should Have

10 Best Google Chrome Extensions You Should Have

If you use the Internet for work, school or even just entertainment, your life is probably more complicated than it needs to be. Google’s Chrome Browser has literally thousands of extensions that can streamline your web surfing experience. Here’s a list of Chrome extensions that you should definitely try out.

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    1. Earth View

    Earth View gives you random satellite images from Google Earth every time you open the new tab page. It also tells you the location, so you can take a virtual cruise around the world whenever you need a break from the daily grind. Of the many ‘New Tab’ page extensions, Earth View is definitely one of our favorites.

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      2. Lazarus

      You’ve been filling out that online scholarship application for hours, and by mistake you suddenly hit the back button on your browser! If you have Lazarus, you’ve got nothing to fear. Lazarus automatically saves your webform inputs, so no more accidentally losing all your work!

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        3. Save Text to Google Drive

        Save Text to Drive is one of the most popular Google Drive extensions. If you see a news article that you want to read later on, this extension allows you save the text to your Drive so you can read it at your leisure. Best of all, you won’t be bombarded by videos and banner ads when you read.

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          4. Pixlr

          For the budding graphic designer, Pixlr lets you edit just about any image you come across on the Internet. It’s a great tool for cropping your ex-es out of all your Facebook pics.

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            5. Black Menu

            Black Menu is a small pop-up window in the corner of your browser that gives you access to Gmail, Youtube, Google Maps and your Drive while viewing other web pages and performing other tasks. This extension let’s you keep an eye on your email while reading a news article or watching video while doing online data entry. You can also dig through your Drive files without having to maintain multiple open tabs.

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              6. AdBlock Plus

              Everyone loves AdBlock, except for the people trying to make money through online advertising. It prevents pop-ups and cuts out ads from Youtube videos. Some websites will not function with Ad Block enabled, but it can be turned off for specific pages with only a couple of mouse clicks.

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                7. Simple = Select + Search

                When you highlight any text and right click, you’ll be given the option to search for the text string on Google, IMDB, Wikipedia, Facebook and other websites. This feature makes researching unfamiliar topics easier than ever.

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                  8. Currently

                  For those of you who spend all day inside on your computers, Currently provides the two most important pieces of information you need to know: the time and the weather. Constantly being reminded of how sunny it is outside might encourage you to cut back on your Wikipedia binges and all those Facebook games you’re always playing.

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                    9. Hide YouTube Comments

                    When watching videos online, you probably don’t care all that much about what other people think of them. This extension is great for parents who let their kids play on their computer as it allows them to enjoy videos while being shielded from  the nastiness some people are apt to spew on the Internet.

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                      10. Hola Better Internet

                      This extension is particularly handy for people traveling to many different countries. Hola Better Internet allows you to bypass geographical firewalls, meaning you can watch Netflix even if you’re in a country that blocks it. It also has enormous potential to bypass government censorship in those parts of the world where certain internet activities are often suppressed, which is why it’s also know for making the internet a better place.

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                      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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