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10 Wonderful Chrome Extensions You Should Try

10 Wonderful Chrome Extensions You Should Try
One of the best parts of using a web browser is the wide array of extensions available to power up your experience. Many of the Google Chrome extensions available for free are particularly great. Here are ten of the most wonderful Chrome extensions:

1. Streamus

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    YouTube becomes a powerful but minimalistic streaming service with just one Chrome extension. This article on The Next Web covers Streamus and its capabilities in further depth, revealing its power and potential.

    2. Literally

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      Do you get annoyed when someone uses the word “literally” even though they’re saying something figuratively? It’s a common enough problem that a developer thought that it needed solving. This extension can’t stop people from doing that in real life, but it can prevent it on the internet by replacing every “literally” on a web page with “figuratively.”

      3. Unfriend Alerts

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        If you desperately need to know when one of your Facebook friends discards you by deleting you as a friend, this extension will tell you. Be warned, though, that getting notifications every time you’re unfriended might be akin to opening Pandora’s box…

        4. Evernote Web Clipper

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          If you’re not using Evernote, you should be. If you are using Evernote but don’t have the Web Clipper, you could be using it better. The Evernote Web Clipper is one of the best Chrome extensions because with just a click you can save text and pictures on a web page straight into your digital notebook.

          5. Pocket

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            This (along with similar Chrome extensions like Readability and Instapaper) is similar to the Evernote Web Clipper, but more directed towards reading than archiving. If you come across an article or video you want to read or view later, just press a button so that it’s stored in an easy-to-read format.

            6. Turn Off The Lights

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              This isn’t one of the most necessary Chrome extensions out there, but it’s pretty darn cool. With Turn Out The Lights you can dim everything on a web page except for video. This is most useful with low resolution YouTube clips, but it comes in handy in more places than you might think.

              7. The Great Suspender

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                Do you have a lot of tabs open at once when you’re web browsing on Google Chrome? That takes up a lot of your computer’s memory. You should either remove some of those tabs or, better yet, use The Great Suspender to “pause” ones that you haven’t viewed recently.

                8. Honey

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                  Honey is among the most ingenious and useful of all the Chrome extensions. If you have this on when you’re shopping online, you’ll get a look at many of the coupon codes across the web that will allow you to get the products you’re buying at a lower price. Don’t expect this to work with Amazon, which rarely offers coupon codes, but it will work with a number of other online retailers and, if used to its full advantage, can save you a big sum of money.

                  9. Chrome to Mobile

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                    Sometimes you want to continue exactly where you left off on a different device. Chrome to Mobile causes that to be possible, making it easy to send a page you have open on your computer in Chrome to your phone or tablet. It works the other way, too, but not quite as well. Regardless, it makes a technology transition much more seamless and should boost your productivity a lot in the long run.

                    10. uBlock

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                      For a long time Adblock Plus, one of the most popular Chrome extensions, was the de facto way to rid your browser of most web ads. The tide has changed recently, though, with the emergence of the less memory-intensive uBlock. If you want to get rid of pesky ads and think Adblock Plus is slowing down your computer too much, go with this Chrome extension.

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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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